By Kelly Bridgewater
Before Dawn, What Dangers Lurk in the Darkness?
For nine months, since a devastating solar flare caused a complete failure of the electrical grid, Shelby Sparks and her diabetic son, Carter, have been living at the ranch of Shelby's high school sweetheart, Max Berkman.
Mostly insulated from the chaos surrounding them, Shelby and Max discover that the Texas government has fled the capitol and is barely maintaining control of the state. The governor needs volunteers to search for the new federal government, but no one knows exactly where it might be located—if it even still exists—or what perils await those brave enough to take on the mission.
Compelled by Carter's desperate need for insulin and their God-given sense of duty, Shelby and Max answer the governor's call and set out on a treacherous 600-mile journey, where they will experience the terrifying effects of unrestrained anarchy. If they have the faith and fortitude necessary to reach their destination, what will they find when they get there?
In this thrilling conclusion to the Remnant trilogy, America is left teetering between total collapse and the dawn of a new and vastly different reality.
I haven't read anything by Vanetta Chapman, but the idea of what would happen when the power went out intrigued me. Plus, I have heard rave reviews about this series. The writing was top notch with enough details for me to visualize the setting and the emotions of the characters. As for Shelby and Max, it was nice to see how much faith they had in each other and the strength they had to try to find the Remnant again. The romance between the two came to a head near the end of the novel, and will make, I believe, every romance reader happy. The plot is a totally different thing. While I believe with the power going out and the confusion and death that will occur that Chapman portrayed, I struggled with staying involved with the plot. Not that the world really couldn't turn this harmful. It just didn't capture my attention like I wanted it to. Every moment Shelby and Max were running into someone who could potentially harm them. There really weren't that much down time for the characters to do anything but be on the hunt for something or someone. If you enjoyed this series by Chapman, I highly recommend Terri Blackstock's A Restoration Novel series, with Last Light, Night Light, True Light, and Dawn's Light or Amanda G. Steven's Haven Seeker's Series with Seek and Hide, Found and Lost, Take and Give, and Far and Near. Now these stories captured my attention more.
I received a complimentary copy of Light of Dawn by Vanetta Chapman from Harvest House Publishers, but the opinions stated are all my own.
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars