Deep Shadows (Remnant Series #1)

Deep Shadows (Remnant Series #1)

by Vannetta Chapman


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ISBN-13: 9780736966535
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 07/01/2016
Series: Remnant Series , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 710,280
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace, including romantic suspense and Amish romance novels. Chapman was a teacher for 15 years and currently writes full-time. She lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband, pets, and a herd of deer.

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Deep Shadows 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
ConR More than 1 year ago
This book and its' followup, Raging Storm, fed into my own personal set of what-ifs. That is the reason why I finally caved in and bought the series. I basically read them in one piece over the course of four or five days. Vannetta Chapman is one of my personal favorite authors. This set of books is SO far from what she usually writes, or at least what I have read of hers, that it boggles your mind. How does one person write both cozy mysteries and this crazy, modern, edgy thriller? Or at least "thriller" is my word for this book. I was mesmerized from the moment I started and to be honest, I became so involved with the story that I would stop reading and have to literally look around at my world to reorient myself. It IS that realistic. I even stopped reading at one point and discussed what I was reading with my husband, because I was so taken up with the story. I admit that it took me a while to decide to read this series, precisely because it was so far from what what I usually read. But I highly recommend that you take a chance and read it.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Deep Shadows by Vannetta Chapman is the first book in The Remnant series. It is June 10 when Shelby Sparks is out hiking with Patrick Goodnight, Bianca Lopez, and Max Berkman in Colorado Bend State Park when they see aurora borealis. Shelby knows that their seeing the northern lights is a result of a CME (Coronal mass ejection—solar flares) and immediately advises the group that they need to head home to Abney. Shelby wants to check on her seventeen-year-old son, Carter. The solar flare has taken out all modern conveniences. Luckily Max’s truck is an older model without computer technology so the group can get back to town. This event has far reaching effects. Life will not be the same. Shelby’s first concern is acquiring insulin for Carter. Carter was diagnosed as a diabetic when he was four years old and needs daily doses of insulin. Without this necessary medication, Carter will die. Shelby is not the only person seeking medication and other necessary supplies. Nadine Perkins, Abney’s mayor, rises to the occasion is helping to organize the town’s resources. It is soon apparent that the town will not be getting help from the state or federal level. Life deteriorates quickly and people must find a way to survive in this new world. Deep Shadows is well-written, easy to read, and engrossing. I was immediately drawn into Deep Shadows. The novel has good characters. I especially liked Max. I had a hard time liking Shelby. Shelby has a single-minded focus on obtaining insulin. I can understand her concern, but I felt she should not let this rule her life. Personally, I would have obtained as much insulin as possible within the first 24 to 48 hours, and then I would have started researching alternatives (before people started burning books for fuel). Shelby is also an over protective parent (the kid is seventeen). I was surprised Carter had not rebelled from Shelby’s constant smothering presence. I give Deep Shadows 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). The book is full of action and it is very realistic. We see how important it is to have friends, family and faith. I hope we never have to find out how people will respond when faced with a similar disaster. I do recommend that you read Overshadowed (a prequel) prior to reading Deep Shadows. Overshadowed sets the stage for Deep Shadows and its sequel Raging Storm. You will find Deep Shadows very different from Vannetta Chapman’s Amish novels. It is a new direction for this author and she handles this topic splendidly. Deep Shadows will make you think (and question). I am eager to read the Raging Storm, the next book in The Remnant series.
SouthernGalLovestoRead More than 1 year ago
When an author begins to write in a genre different from the one I am used to reading, I often wonder what to expect. That is how I felt when Vannetta Chapman announced that she was going to write a dystopian series -- and all I had read of hers were Amish stories. Well, I was not disappointed in her new direction in Deep Shadows. The story was not a pleasant one -- in fact, it is pretty frightening to think of having to live through the situations it included. Vannetta's telling of the story, though, made for a very intriguing read. One of the most engaging elements of the story is exploring how the characters deal with the difficulties that come when their normal day-to-day lives are completely turned upside down. Vannetta has obviously down her "homework" in detailing the various scenarios that have to be dealt with. Max and Shelby each bring their own strengths, weaknesses, pasts, and fears into the situation. Shelby is definitely a mother driven by concern for her son's health; my only criticism would be that her focus seemed to drag down and get a little repetitive in some spots. I am anxious to see how the story continues in the next book in the series, as well as reading the prequel in an ebook entitled Overshadowed.
Debbie60 More than 1 year ago
What would You do in the face of a global disaster. WOW – what a wonderfully written book by Vannetta Chapman. “Deep Shadows” will make you laugh, cry, pray, frightened, sad, and wonder what in this world you would do if all of a sudden we actually had a solar flare and it wiped all of our modern technology out. Even something as minor as being able to pick up our meds whenever we needed to at our pharmacy. We take all of that for granted. My sister is a really bad diabetic and I sympathize with Shelby Sparks, single mother of a diabetic son. How scary knowing you may not be able to provide what they need most. It frightened me to think we wouldn’t have food to eat, water to drink, gas for our homes or vehicles. No cell service. What would that do to all of us. If you enjoy a really good mystery that hinges on reality, you need to pick up “Deep Shadows” to sit down and read and put yourself in their position. This book came alive for me. I can’t wait for the next book in this series. GREAT job Vannetta! Keep those books coming. Pick up one of Vannetta’s books and relax and enjoy the journey of a lifetime.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
How many of us are prepared to survive a major event of cataclysmic proportions that shuts down power grids all over the world for an extended period of time and destroys many electrical systems in the process? Do you think you could survive without electricity for possibly several years? Think about all the things to which we are accustomed in America that would be affected by such an event. Then consider the impact on society as evil, greedy people start preying on those who are weaker. If you are having a hard time imagining this, I recommend you consider reading this suspenseful story about several friends who are caught out in a national park hiking when a massive solar flare occurs. You may wonder if this is for real; however, the author says one occurred in 1859. The results were not as drastic as those in the story because the world had not become so dependent on electricity back then. With modern technology, electricity and electronic devices affect practically everything we do. In the story, Shelby Sparks has a major concern that she will not be able to get the insulin that her diabetic son needs so desperately to live. Her friend, Max Berkman, wants to help keep them safe but he is also concerned for the welfare of his own parents. This is not the type of book I typically read but the blurb on the back cover captured my attention. I have enjoyed the first book in this new series by Vannetta Chapman.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Deep Shadows by Vannetta Chapman is the first book in The Remnant series. This book has so much unexpected and intense happening throughout that you will be riveted to your seat from the very beginning. This story has a wonderful cast of characters and excellent story that unfolds right before your eyes. Deep Shadows will get your heart pumping and having you trying to guess what will happen next. I am so looking forward to reading the next book in this series. This is the best book yet by Vannetta Chapman. I received a copy of this book for my honest review. Be sure to order your copy of Deep Shadows by Vannetta Chapman today. 5 stars! I would give it more if I could.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
With its plausible plot and superb characterization, Deep Shadows grabbed me and didn't let go! Vannetta Chapman has penned a riveting tale that will open your eyes and cause you to view the world around you very differently. The characters and setting are vividly drawn, and I felt right at home in Abney, TX. Deep Shadows is an extraordinary, thought-provoking story that left me begging for the next book in the Remnant series! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
Deep Shadows Vanetta Chapman Book Summary: All It Takes Is One Night to Plunge the World into Darkness Life in Abney, Texas, is predictable and safe--until the night a massive solar flare wipes out all modern technology. Shelby Sparks, novelist and single mom, had one goal: to provide for her diabetic son. In the wake of this global disaster, her mission hasn't changed. Only now, medication is a priceless commodity and the future resembles an apocalyptic nightmare. Max Berkman and Shelby were once sweethearts, but he lost his chance at claiming her love years ago. When the abrupt loss of power ushers him into a leadership role, he rises to the occasion. But his highest priority--to keep Shelby and her son safe--could prove to be the biggest challenge of all. As the brilliant northern lights give way to deep shadows, Max and Shelby's faith will be tested like never before. Only one rule remains: Find a way to survive. In this first book in an eerily plausible dystopian series, a memorable cast of characters must navigate a familiar world thrown into chaos. Review: I love Ms. Chapman’s writing. Her characters are relatable and realistic. The storylines are realistic and easy to read. Yet, for me, I do not like this type of story. I tried really hard to enjoy the topic, yet I found it tragic. Her descriptions were realistic and scary. I think that Shell was a little self serving at times. Understandable at times. This was more for a prepper or doomsday enthusiastic type. I am not that type of person. I have enjoyed all of her book previously and believe I will enjoy her books after this series. The books are well written and well thought out. Ms. Chapman is truly a gifted writer and normally a favorite of mine, but had this been written by anyone else, I would have quit after 30 pages. I would like to thank Net Galley and Harvest House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Deep Shadows was such an interesting story. Set in a small town in Texas, life quickly changed from normal to disastrous early on in the book. The major disastrous event and people’s reaction to it felt uncannily realistic and plausible. I really liked the main characters in Deep Shadows and felt so invested in their lives. Shelby was quite the momma bear when it came to her son’s health. I enjoyed watching her learn to let Carter be the man that he was becoming. Max added great direction and thought to the story, as well as wonderful heart. He really worked to protect those he cared for. The sense of desperation in this novel was tempered with growing unease about what was going on in the world outside of Abney and even the dangers that lurked just beyond the borders of this town. There were many twists and events that I did not see coming. It made for a very exciting story. Deep Shadows caught me and held on from the first page till the last, and even days later I found myself thinking back to the people and setting, wondering what will be next for them and how they will survive! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
Deep Shadows by Vannetta Chapman is a book like no other that I’ve read. With suspense and intrigue, Ms. Chapman weaves together a tale that caused me to stop and rethink everyday life. What if all of the electricity and power were gone? In a time when we rely so heavily on our internet connections, smartphones and computers, where would we be? In the story, Shelby and her son, Carter are faced with the struggles of living in a small town when an aurora changes everything. It’s bad enough to have the conveniences of their normal life taken, but bigger issues arise. Medicine, food, water and law enforcement all suddenly rise to the top of priorities. Shelby’s best childhood friends, Max, Patrick and Bianca are her only remaining family. Together, they’re trying to help the people in Abney, survive the aurora’s nightmare and stay alive in a world that’s become chaotic and frenzied in the fight for survival. Ms. Chapman has done a fantastic job of making me stop and think about WHAT IF. This book is the first in the series and definitely leaves me wanting more. I received this book from the author and Harvest House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion which I’ve provided here.
PatGMoore More than 1 year ago
Deep Shadows by Vannetta Chapman is a change from her normal genre. Deep Shadows is part of a trilogy and I'm looking forward to the next book. Vanetta catches your attention in the first pages and keeps it throughout the book. I would have finished the book on the 4th but family was here to celebrate the 4th of July. Shelby Sparks, her friends Max, Bianca and Patrick were hiking. Suddenly, Shelby hits the ground, Max on top of her and dust and dirt was everywhere. What was that explosion? Follow these friends and Shelby's son Carter as their world changes and they have to learn to live without the things they took for granted. Can you imagine no electricity, no phones, no computers, not many cars and no running water? What would you miss? What would you do to survive? I love Vannetta Chapman's books. There's always romance, some suspense and always how the characters depend on their faith to help them grow and deal with life's circumstances. I ordered this book through a local bookstore and once I started reading I didn't quit until I had to. First thing this morning I found a comfortable place and was so disappointed when it ended. I would have loved for the book to be longer than it was. Whenever a book is this good it will always get a 5. Keep up the good work Vannetta Chapman.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Vannetta Chapman begins a new series (The Remnant) with her newest book, Deep Shadows. With the flash of a solar flare, life for residents of a small Texas town is changed, perhaps forever. Such a believable and possible situation to write about and the author does a wonderful job of making this story credible. She touches on aspects of life that one might not think about being affected with this type of disaster. Nursing homes--the lack of medication, food and staff. Stores--being depleted of supplies with no hope of being replenished. Murders for just about anything. The main characters are strong and easy to relate to. Shelby is a single mom whose main concern is her son and his health. "How do I protect Carter in a world that no longer makes sense?" A new and treacherous world in which she is now an immigrant. Max, a long-time friend, just wants to keep Shelby and Carter safe. Will faith in God and friends be enough to find a way to survive? Will God's children be able to grasp that despite agony and despair, they are under the care of a Heavenly Father? With edge-of-your-seat suspense this is an intense, provocative book, causing readers to wonder about their own reaction and preparedness for a disaster of this magnitude. At the end of the book, Chapman includes several very helpful additions--discussion questions, emergency preparation lists, suggestions on growing a victory garden and instructions on how to do CPR. A book NOT TO BE MISSED! I received a copy of Deep Shadows from Harvest House Publishers in exchange for an honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vannetta Chapman takes a very fear inducing situation and deftly weaves a strong message of faith into it. I was completely immersed while reading (which at times could be a bit scary). I could picture the events, places, people, etc. very vividly in my mind, as if I were right there in the middle of it all. I've thought about what would happen if there were a massive solar flare or EMP that knocks out the power and completely changes our way of life, but always kept it in the back of my mind. Deep Shadows brought it fully to the forefront of my mind and now I'm thinking about all the ways to prepare and cope if something like what happens in the book were to actually occur. (I might've even taken it a bit too far and asked my dad if he would be able to build a windmill, lol) Deep Shadows is firmly at the top of the list of the best books I've read this year and I'll be recommending it to anybody and everybody!
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This has to have been one of my favorite books this year. I am so used to Vannetta Chapman writing Amish stories that this was a bit different but in such a fantastic way. What would happen if there was a solar flare that wipes out all electronics? It is a scary thought. This is how this book begins. What will people do in this situation. Can we survive without all the technology that we are used to. This is told in a very believable way and it is really scary. I can't wait for the second book in this series to see how the characters have been surviving. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion.
txladyjane More than 1 year ago
The Book Deep Shadows (The Remnant Series – Book 1) I was so happy to see the author spread her wings and write such great novel set in the Hill Country of Texas. She writes with vivid detail of the surrounding Central Texas area. I love the relationship that develops between Shelby and Max, you can visually see the struggle of past transgressions to acceptance that the past is the past. I even like the fact that they can banter during such a tough time. During an apocalyptic type event, where once it gets the slightest bit tough is where you start to see the desperation that develops and how quickly people can change. The Market scene where that man wants to buy 10 like items and how the man pulls a gun when they won’t allow him to do it because the owner of the store wants to allow the items not to be horded by one person but spread out among the citizens is an “eye opening event.” I am not a prepper but have done some prepare-ness from dehydrated foods and firearms and such. I was in the Army and it taught me to be prepared, but heck even the scouting mottos have that as their main focus. Going back to my first point of the author spreading her wings, she typically writes Amish Christian Fiction and Christian Mystery novels…the feel good types, the decompression from the stressful world we find ourselves in…but I think the move that authors push their limits the more their readers will push their limits. We as a country need to “be prepared” I won’t start to expound on political ideologies and terroristic scenarios…but please everyone think outside the box. Pastor Tony in the book should be looked at as the “litmus test” when you start thinking of end of times are you both ready physically and more importantly SPIRITUALLY? I am far from perfect but hope God looks at me and sees I am trying. I’m sure God laughs from time to time at people and goes come on I just made that so simple…look at the guidance in this book with some “weight” and not only be prepared physically but work on your prepare-ness spiritually. I look forward to the next installment, hurry I want them NOW. Keri McCoy ~Central Texas
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Deep Shadows ( The Remnant Series - Book 1 ) By: Vannetta Chapman Deep Shadows is book one in The Remnant series by Vannetta Chapman. Wow, what a story. I have read most all of Chapman’s books and Deep Shadows is totally different from her Amish and Mystery books. She captured me right at the start and did not let go till the end, and then I wanted more. The story and the characters both are so real that you feel like you are right beside them. As I was reading I had to tell myself to breathe . A Solar Flare hits as far as Abney , Texas . Planes crash, trains run into each other, and all modern technology is wiped out. Chapman weaves a story that will make you think what would you do if this happen to you and the country? Are you prepared? What would you do if you had to take a certain medicine to live and no way to get it? This story is so powerful I did not want to put it down once I started it. Deep Shadows is one book you do not want to miss out on. Be sure and get your copy today. I can’t wait for book two in The Remnant series. I was given a copy of this book by Harvest House Publishers and the author for my honest review.
SunnieReviews More than 1 year ago
I loved it! Okay, so the description said that this book was "dystopian" and to be honest I didn't have a clue what that meant. I had to look it up and now I know. But if you don't know, I will let you look it up for yourself. This is one book that makes you wonder if you are prepared for what tomorrow may bring into your life. It definitely made me wonder and I thought that I was "prepared". Now, not so sure. This book will make you think and contemplate what the future has in store, how people will react and who is in charge? I am not giving away any surprises in this book, but this is definitely one of the author's finest works. I highly recommend this book! I was given a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.
jess_baker_614 More than 1 year ago
I have been an avid reader for a long time and have always read a book for enjoyment, to escape reality. Every now and then I come across a book that shakes me, makes me think and wonder, and causes me to take a step back and relook at my surroundings. This. Was. That. Book. Do not let the author's name fool you! I have been reading Vannetta's Amish fiction for a long time and I love the way she writes them. This book was totally different, and not just because it wasn't about Amish people. I feel like I have found a deeper part of Vannetta to connect with, a raw emotional part that has been building up over the years just begging to come out in book form. Typically I feel a connection with characters, however in reading this book I felt a connection to the author. I am typically a quick reader, however with this book I chose to take my time and recommend that you do the same. Deep Shadows will make you take a look around and wonder. You will think to yourself, could this happen to our world today? I know I did. Not only did I think about this book while I was reading, I thought about it during the day, at night when I couldn't sleep. I just kept thinking about what this world full of technology would do if one day it wasn't available. How would people survive? And more importantly, would I lose my faith in God, or lean on Him like the characters in the book. Although the entire book consisted of a very heavy topic, I appreciated Vannetta's willingness to show the characters faith. I enjoyed the local pastor who wouldn't give up in a world of darkness. I especially enjoyed the church scenes where he lifted up the name of the Lord, refused to let the circumstances alter his view of the Lord, and encourage his congregation to do the same. I think this could be applied to our world today. Although we have not suffered from a solar flare, we do live in trying times and need to lean on the Lord now more than ever. I highly recommend this book to everyone. While I understand a deep topic such as a solar flare (which I learned are real - thank you Vannetta!) is not for everyone, I encourage you to try this with an open mind. Look at it as a book that shows how a community can try to come together during a crisis, or how a mother will do anything to save her son, or how a friendship is tested. You will not regret it! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher in exchange for my honest review which I have given.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Deep Shadows may very well be Ms. Chapman's best achievement yet! This dystopian novel is staggering, so realistic that when I laid the book aside, I fully expected conditions from the book to be actual! I was forced to look at the world around me differently, and expected to discover my surroundings as they are described in this powerful novel. The author has portrayed a terrifying fictitious event in a dramatic yet realistic manner. The events depicted in this novel are very real possibilities. I found myself inspecting power lines in an atypical manner, unlike any other time in my life. Deep Shadows changed the way I see the world, and the importance of modifications in our lifestyles for self preservation. Characters throughout this novel are realistic and respond to their surroundings and current events in the most expected and humanistic manner. Abney, Texas is a representation of any small community, and the residents presented are authentic to their circumstances. An incident of such magnitude brings out the worst and the best in the residents of Abney. Compassion and benevolence among neighbors is admirable, and hysteria, violence and hatred in others exhibits the true nature of humans under extreme duress. I highly recommend Deep Shadows! This is no ordinary story. It is reality fiction at its best, and everyone from young adults to the elderly can relate to the possibilities this powerful novel represents. Impressive! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All expressed opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Blogger35 More than 1 year ago
I have so many thoughts about this book I'm having trouble deciding which one to express first :) When I first heard about this book and realized that one of my fave authors had switched genres, I absolutely knew I had to get a copy. Chapman's writing is just THAT good and Deep Shadows became one of my most anticipated reads of the year!! I was NOT disappointed and I even had the silly notion that I could read the first few chapters and go to bed when starting this book, DIDN'T happen....Chapman went to a whole new level in writing this book and it pulled me in from the start. Shelby and her three best friends, Max, Patrick and Bianca are out hiking one evening when they come across a bright anomaly in the sky. Shelby's friends are admiring the view, but Shelby knows IMMEDIATELY that something is VERY wrong and all she wants is to get to her son to make sure he's all right. The very first thing they witness are planes crashing, hear a train explosion and notice that cell phones no longer work. Shelby is exactly right and things go from bad to worse very fast! Max and Patrick are both heroes to me from the start. The way they protect Shelby, Bianca, and Carter (Shelby's son) was inspiring and amazing. **Favorite character: Mayor Nadine Perkins, SHE is the person you want in charge during an emergency. Wishing she was the real deal because we could use more leaders like her in real life. **LEAST liked character: the winner IS.....Eugene Stone!!! The author does a stand up job writing this man, he was horrific and every time his name comes up in the story, I'm bracing myself. *please tell me he does not survive the series* I'm a sensitive reader, but I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy dystopian stories. Chapman's writing style is very unique and you won't be disappointed! *I want to thank the author for the review copy provided in exchange for my honest thoughts*
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Deep Shadows is a book that is going to make you think, you will become the mother of a boy with an illness that requires constant medication to keep him alive. Is this Armageddon, or pretty close to it, but life as everyone has always known it will cease to exist. What has happened is a solar flare has wiped out all of modern technology, even the Northern Lights appear as far south as Texas. Shelby Sparks has been raising her son on her own, since her husband died, and earned a living writing romance novels, and had researched this very happening. She is with her lifelong friend Max when they see the Northern Lights, and of course Max looks out for her, and they head home, yes his truck works, it is an older non-computerized model. We get to witness what life will probably be like if such a catastrophe were to happen, martial law happens, and it seems no one is like they used to be. There are fires, and explosions, needless death, and everyday fights for survival, and should they stay in their town, or leave and go to where they might survive. Shelby wants to stay, and so does her son, he has a new love interest, but life isn’t fair and decisions are made for them. This is a book you won’t be able to put down, and after the last page is turned, you won’t soon forget. There are more answers to come and more to this story, but we have to wait a bit for more. I received this book through Harvest House and the Author, and was not required to give a positive review.
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
In one moment, life changes beyond imagination for Shelby Sparks, her son Carter, her childhood friend Max, and for every person and every animal. A solar flare disrupts and dramatically alters the way of life in ways that no one expected. Basic necessities like food, water, and shelter cause people to become anxious and combative in their communities. Medical care, basic supplies and basic human needs are now precious items. How will Shelby and her family and friends get through this change in their existence? Carter needs insulin, but, how long will their supply last? This is a story of survival and faith. Vannetta Chapman brings the story and the characters to life in such detail that I felt I was right there with the people in the story. I could smell the smoke from the fires, hear the rumble of explosions and more. Deep Shadows has made me think about preparing for the future, in case of a disaster. God promise's to always be with us and we are told not to worry about tomorrow. God provides and we need to go to Him in prayer, with our concerns and joys. A wonderful book that I plan to read again.
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
Light Creates Horrific Darkness... Fans of Terri Blackstock's the Restoration series will enjoy Vannetta Chapman's foray into the future from the past. Deep Shadows,#1 The Remnant, revolves around four friends. We meet author Shelby, whose son Carter has just graduated; lawyer Mark, her neighbor and past boyfriend; and Bianca and Patrick, their close friends. While hiking, the group discovers a solar flare so great that power throughout the country and possibly world has been cut off. The world as we know it changes drastically. Suddenly life becomes about survival, fighting off people who would seize what they can find, and taking care of the less fortunate. This is a truly terrorizing book because one cannot help but feel like this is a very real possibility in our world today. Would our neighbors start arming themselves and setting up neighborhood watches? Would people become a law unto themselves? Fortunately, the characters in this book have a solid faith to rely upon. Sometimes they have to shore each other up, as disaster upon disaster seems to occur. Are they strong enough to overcome the obstacles? And will Shelby ever look at Mark the way he wants her too? How far will Shelby go to protect her son? Chapman writes in such a way that draws you unwillingly into the town. You, the reader,vicariously cannot escape the effects of the solar flare, but must use all your wits, faith, and friendships to see you through this horrific time. This is only book one, and the book ended on a definite note of more to come. There are also discussion questions and lists of things needed to stockpile for such an emergency. I gratefully received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Liz_Michigan More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book that really made me re-think the preparations I've made about surviving a national disaster. My brother is a prepper, and I thought a well-stocked pantry and fruit cellar was adequate to get us through any initial catastrophe (ok, there may be guns and ammo, too - not going into the whole inventory here). But reading Deep Shadows made me realize there are a lot of questions I hadn't considered: transportation? (modern cars' computers would be fried) resources for bartering? (when cash is irrelevant) medicine? (beyond the bandaids and rubbing alcohol) communication? (only ham radios would work after cell phones are disabled). And would I have the courage to WANT to survive if I knew I'd probably never see my out-of-town family members again? Chapman's first book in the new Remnant series is heart-stopping. As usual, her characters are real and engaging, and we quickly learn to care about their challenges. But this dystopian genre is anything but "usual" for most of her devoted readers. Four friends find their hike interrupted by a magnificent display of the aurora borealis. The only problem is they're in Texas - normally way too far south for these "northern lights," caused by a massive solar eruption. When planes fall out of the sky, they begin to realize something is terribly wrong. But they have no conception of how radically their lives - and civilization - will change. Written from a Christian worldview, this book examines the challenge of surviving the loss of modern technology without also losing faith. Hospitality and sharing takes on a whole new meaning when your own material supplies are limited, and there is no earthly expectation of finding more. We see the thin veneer of civilization quickly dissolving as fear and greed take over in the new order. Looting by individuals and gangs amp up to whole cities trying to take over other communities and their resources. It's a chilling picture of what society might devolve into without the technology and conveniences we've become accustomed to. Like all good books, this is also a love story. Neighbors Shelby and Max once dated in high school, but broken promises long ago have created a platonic distance between them. Will this crisis change that as they rely on each other to survive? Shelby's son Carter is an insulin-dependent diabetic. Her love for him is magnified as a widowed, single parent. Her faith has always been strong, but can she trust God to carry them when there is no long-term supply of insulin available? And will Carter see the necessity of faith for himself? People in their small town of Abney, Texas are dying left and right - will faith help them survive, or will they need to compromise their values in this new topsy-turvy world? I read this book in just a few days - and woke up thinking about it first thing each morning. What a relief to realize we still had electricity! It was THAT real and gripping. Deep Shadows made me examine my spiritual preparations for disasters, determining to keep my eyes on the "steadfast love of the LORD that endures forever" when other things change. I think I'll restock my emergency pantry to have more to share (and barter with!) should the need arise, and there may be a ham radio in my near future. But I also want to develop the courage and fortitude to continue to put others first if times get tough. This was a great read at several levels, and I can't wait for the next book to see how life goes on in Abney, Texas.
jacksonmomLV More than 1 year ago