Review: Season of Wonder by Lisa T. Bergren

Season of Wonder (The Remnants, #1)Season of Wonder
(The Remnants #1)
by Lisa T. Bergren
Christian YA Dystopian
Hardcover414 Pages
April 8th 2014 by Blink

Summary

In the first book of the new futuristic dystopian series from author Lisa T. Bergren, the chosen remnants must work to redirect humanity’s course.

THEIR ARRIVAL WAS FORETOLD FOR YEARS . . .

Andriana is a Remnant, gifted as an empath and one of the Ailith, destined to act as humanity’s last shield against the horrors that now plague those who remain.

After years of training in stealth and warfare, Andriana and her Knight protector, Ronan, are finally ready to answer the Call and begin the life they were designed for. But as they embark with the other Remnants on the first of their assignments, they quickly discover that the world beyond their protected Valley is more dangerous than they imagined.

The Sons of Sheol will stop at nothing to prevent Dri and Ronan from rescuing anyone sympathetic to the Remnants’ cause. And as the Remnants battle the demonic forces, still other enemies close in. Dangers intensity, but so do Dri’s feelings for Ronan–the one emotion she is not meant to feel. In the midst of their mission, Andriana must find a way to master her feelings. Or risk compromising everything . . .

Bestselling author Lisa T. Bergren presents the first book in her new YA futuristic dystopian series—The Remnants Novels—fitting in with the current dystopian trend in the marketplace.

  

My Review

It didn't take me long to get into this story about a group of older teens who receive a call from their Maker to use gifts they've been granted to take back their world from the darkness that has infiltrated it. There is everything in this story you could possibly want in an inspirational dystopian: crazy and dangerous circumstances, plenty of action, unique characters, unbelievable odds, right fighting against wrong, and some romance.

Andriana, or "Dri" as she is nicknamed, was a great character. She is very much conflicted in a lot of ways and so it made her a complex character while also making her easier to connect with. There were parts when I wanted to shake her when she gives in to despair or forgets to trust, but she (and the other remnants) are all so new to what they need to do. Then there are the other remanants and knights who each had their own personalities, challenges, and strengths. I would have liked to have delved even deeper into these characters and have them come alive even more, but they were still a great group and I know I'll like them even more as the series progresses. I loved Ronan and the relationship between him and Dri. They had worked together for years and had forged a strong bond. It was fun to see these characters come together and become a group and see the teasing and fun they had as well as the times when they needed to be serious and all step in line behind their leader.

The plot moves at a pretty good pace. I never felt like I was bored or waiting for something to happen even when there was a little down time. There was a constant tension as these characters' lives and their mission is constantly in danger. There is definitely more of that to come.

If you enjoy reading YA dystopians or Christian sci-fi, then I'd definitely recommend this series. There was action, danger, deceptions, good vs. evil, some romance, interesting characters, and an ever-moving plot that kept me engrossed through the entire book.

Content: There is quite a bit of violence, but I would still consider this clean.

Source: I received an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley and also purchased a copy of my own, which did not affect my review in any way.


Check out my review of the second book, Season of Fire, here, for its tour stop. Have you read this or do you plan to?

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