I’ve read my fair share of dystopian novels and while I tend to enjoy most I read, sometimes there’s some that stand out and tug at your heart just a bit more than the rest. Rachelle Dekker’s Seers Series has done just that and I cannot wait for the conclusion!
Remko Brant had never been so sure of anything as escaping the Authority City with Carrington Hale. But bravado comes easy when you have nothing to lose. Now a husband, father, and the tactical leader of the Seers, Remko has never had so much at risk.
As he and his team execute increasingly dangerous rescue missions inside the city, they face growing peril from a new enemy. Recently appointed Authority President Damien Gold claims to be guiding a city shaken by rebellion into a peaceful, harmonious future. But appearances can be deceiving. In order to achieve his dangerous ambitions, Gold knows he must do more than catch the rebels—he must destroy the hope their message represents . . . from the inside out.
With dissension in his own camp—and the CityWatch soldiers closing in—Remko feels control slipping through his fingers. To protect those he loves, he must conquer his fears and defeat Gold . . . before one of them becomes his undoing.
Not only is this a unique idea and world Dekker has created, but I love the themes of calling, fighting fear, trusting in a bigger plan in a dark world and what it means to be chosen. With the second in this series, we’re back with many of our favorites characters and many new ones as well – and the mix worked fabulously.
One aspect I’ve really enjoyed is Dekker’s ability to grow the characters. They struggle with many of the things we do (identity, fear, etc) and I was completely hooked in and watching the journey for so many characters. I really like Carrington (have from Book 1) and while this book is mostly told from Remko’s point of view, there’s still much we see and hear from her. Same with Remko – his journey isn’t an easy one, but it was also encouraging.
There were plenty of unexpected twists and turns in this book as well and Dekker has a healthy balance of being true to a dystopian world (things aren’t always going to be happy) and bringing hope to the people (and readers). I have fully enjoyed this series and cannot wait for the conclusion this Fall!
Have y’all read this series? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
(Thank you to Tyndale for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
And for a bonus, here’s an interview with Rachelle!
About the Author: The oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through storytelling. The Choosing is her critically acclaimed debut novel. She graduated with a degree in communications and spent several years in marketing and corporate recruiting before making the transition to write full-time. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat, Blair. Visit her online at rachelledekker.com.
1. In the book you talk a lot about surrendering to fear. What does this look like and how does this help us to not be afraid?
I think sometimes the natural reaction to fear is to hide from it, or try and push it away. It’s the idea that if we can’t see it then it must not be there, but we all know that unless dealt with the unseen things often come back to bite us. The only way to face fear is to walk through it; surrendering to Father God and letting Him reminder us of our true identity. Only then do we really see that the light within us is always greater than the fear we face.
2. Carrington struggles with the pain that comes from watching Remko miss the Truth that was so clear to her. What encouragement would you give to others that have loved ones who do not yet share their faith?
Everyone needs to take the journey. For some, truth comes more easily, and others have to struggle to see it. It can be incredibly hard to watch someone you love miss the truth right in front of them, but don’t forget that the Father is still God, and He holds them in His hand. So love those that struggle restlessly and trust that the Father is ever-present, even in the darkness.
3. What do you hope readers will take away from the story?
I hope they take a moment to see themselves as children of the Father. I hope they see that true freedom and fearlessness rest in surrendering, and that when they stand with the Father then nothing can stand against them. There is incredible peace in that truth, and I hope, like I am beginning the experience, that readers feel that same peace.
Thank you so much and I hope y’all get a chance to dive into this series. I can’t wait for the conclusion!!!