This is a Christian dystopian novel set in the not too distant future. Dystopian is one of my favorite genres to read, and I found the Christian aspect of this one a unique slant on the theme.
Grant and his team, including his wife, children, and close friends are living in a work camp in Minot in what used to be North Dakota before the war. Folks living in the work camps are free to pursue their own beliefs and religion, but without the benefit of any religious texts. Since religions were blamed by the Federation for the cause of the war that decimated the earth’s population, they were deemed illegal and were destroyed.
Grant’s grandmother was alive at the end of the war and managed to hang onto just a partial page from her precious Bible. She raised Grant’s father as Christian, teaching them what she knew and what could be inferred from that little piece of the New Testament page. Grant’s father in turn raised him under the same simple belief. Grant, his family and friends all meet together to discuss the man Jesus and what it means to be of the Christian faith.
What this little group wants more then anything is to know what true Christianity and faith means. They have heard of several small “Christian” enclaves out in the forbidden zone and want desperately to meet fellow Christians and to be part of their community. When an opportunity presents itself for them to escape the work camp, they agree to go and search out these communities for themselves. Knowing that once they step outside, into the wilderness they can never return to their previous home.
As they travel from Minot all the way to what used to be Lexington KY and beyond, they meet 3 separate Christian communities. Each of these communities seem sincere in their faith on the surface, but within their practices, things somehow just don’t seem right. Whether it’s the community leader setting himself up as demi-god, or an order of pseudo-monk healers practicing a form of religion it just doesn’t appear to be anything like the Christianity they know.
Along the way, they meet up with many people living the “outlaw” life in the wilderness. Some whose intentions appear to be genuinely kind and helpful and some who are menacing and brutal. They meet up with people of many religious beliefs along the way, Muslims, Buddhist Monks, Catholics and Christians.
I was particularly interested to see that Grant and his Team didn’t hold judgement against anyone else and their beliefs, in spite of having had no organized Christian teachings. They faced all challenges with a faith and genuine compassion for all they met. This behavior, exemplified what Jesus taught. I enjoyed watching each character go through their own faith journey along the physical trek they took.
If you are a fan of dystopian and prefer a less harsh, but no less bleak storyline, this book is for you.
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