REMNANTS: Season of Wonder Book Review

24 May
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Remnants: Season of Wonder by Lisa T. Begren

In the ruins of a once prosperous world, Adriana—one of few select Remnants: extraordinary teens with extraordinary gifts—has finally received the Call, which will take her far from her humble home in the ever-rainy Valley. Alongside her life-long friend and knight, Ronan, Adriana joins with other Remnants and their new, fearless leader Raniero who seems to have special abilities of his own. Pursued by the dark forces of Pacifica, confronted by new challenges and fears daily, the Remnants and their Knights must learn to trust in the Maker as he leads them farther and farther into enemy territory.

Remnants: Season of Wonder by Lisa Bergren has once again become a romance novel to capture the tomboy’s eyes. After falling in love with the world Gabbi, Leah, Luca, and Marcello in Bergren’s River of Time series, I was eager to meet the newest additions to Mrs. Lisa’s “merry gathering.” While I cannot claim that Remnants: Season of Wonder was as great as the River of Time series, Lisa Bergren was able to convincingly establish a fantasy-dystopian realm with new ideas and lots of thrills. At any given time, Bergren can make you laugh, gasp, or cry out, and it was an adventure in itself just to read.

The Strengths: Remnants had very strong, relatable characters, a convincing romance, and one of the best embodiments of the struggles of leadership that I have experienced. As a leader myself, I identified often with Raniero’s burden as the protector and guide to the group. Bergren captured the “whole” picture of leadership and allowed for the reader to see that just because you are a leader, you aren’t perfect. Even more important, the life of a leader must be one led with total faith in God (or the Maker, as He is called in the book), a willingness to endure hardships for the betterment of the group, and an overwhelming mindset of self-sacrifice. I also appreciated the allegory that was present in the book and hope that the readers will see that develop more and more as the series progresses.

The Weaknesses: My main critiques of Remnants are the sometimes overly simple world building as well as the romance, which slipped into cliché every so often. Many times, I felt like the world could have been made more original if the names and places in it were less plain. In the same way, “the Community” and “the Maker” seemed a little underdeveloped. Although it wasn’t a major problem, I felt like the world could have been constructed with more dips and crannies than presented. Along the same lines, I felt like the love story bordered on cliché several times with the idea of Adriana falling in love with her protector and the idea of forbidden love.

All things considered, I enjoyed the book immensely and feel it deserves every bit of four stars. I can’t wait to read the next book and continue watching the world of Remnants take shape, and I would recommend this book to anyone who has a flair for adventure and romance.

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2 Responses to “REMNANTS: Season of Wonder Book Review”

  1. brookenicolenorris May 25, 2014 at 2:56 PM #

    I may have to try to read this book once it is released. 🙂 When is Mrs. Lisa planning to publish this?

    • Sarah Spradlin May 25, 2014 at 5:04 PM #

      It is published now! You can get it most everywhere 😉

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