Title: The Returning
Author: Rachelle Dekker
Publisher: Tyndale House
Series Status: book 3
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy
Number of Pages: 433 Pages
They say the Awakening is coming.
That she’s the key.
But can she find her identity in the light
Before she perishes in the dark?
Twenty years have passed since Carrington and Remko Brant’s baby, Elise, was kidnapped and they were forced to leave her captive in the Authority City. Though they fled with the Seers far from Authority reach, they’ve never given up hope of rescuing their daughter from the man who betrayed them. Now Authority President, he’s ushered the city into a new era of “peace”—one where the Scientist Roth Reynard’s Genesis Serum has eradicated all memory of emotion or rebellion.
But the mysterious Aaron and his Seers are once again on the move, threatening the illusion the Authority has worked so hard to build. As the Seers send seven chosen warriors to rescue Elise and bring restoration to the Authority City, the lines are drawn for a final battle between light and darkness. The key to ultimate victory may rest within the strangely powerful girl who has felt forgotten but was never abandoned—a truth she’ll need to wage war against the powerful forces of evil.
I have to say that I hadn’t read any of Rachelle Dekker’s previous books but i was drawn to this one.
The story is very well written and although it is quite fast paced I didn’t find it overwhelming or confusing to keep up with. I do wish I had read the previous two books first as I do feel that I may have understood a bit more about the background of the characters etc but that is my fault and nothing to do with the writer. For me it actually goes to show how great her writing is because I was still able to keep up with the story and understood it.
The Returning is not just a Good vs Evil it is also about Religion vs Science and people struggling to keep their faith. Now I am in now way a religious person so when I had initially read a few reviews about this and saw that religion did play a big part in the books I was a bit hesitant, but I am so glad I overcame that and decided to read it. I think the way religion is incorporated in to the book for the most part works, however there are times when it becomes repetitive. There are parts that are just so long and wordy I found myself skipping past them, which was a shame because i did enjoy the book.
I found myself, in parts on the edge of my seat, desperate to know what happened next. I could not put this book down. The chapters tended to end on little cliff hangers so me , being nosey and impatient by nature had to keep reading. I love when an author writes in a way that just allows you to be totally engrossed in the pages, feeling everything the characters feel.
I don’t think I will be going back and reading the rest of the series but I was glad I read The Returning.
Overall I will give The Returning a 3 out of 5
*** Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Net Galley and Tyndale House Publishers for allowing me the opportunity to read this ARC. ***
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Here are a few questions that Rachelle has answered about The Returning
1. Aaron is a somewhat mysterious character throughout the series. What is he supposed to represent and what kind of spiritual leader is he?
I like to leave this one open, which I know isn’t really the answer you want. I want the reader to decide who he is to them. For me he’s a guiding light, an angel maybe, a representation of the spirit who communicates with us and leads us. He can be many things—mostly, though, he’s a great way to hear truth.
2. The theme of identity is explored in all three Seer books. How does forgiveness relate to identity?
For me, forgiveness is more about the one who feels wronged than the one who committed the wrong. What if, for a moment, you believed that nothing could harm you? That you, as a believer, are seated at the Father’s table and standing with him? Can anything harm the Father? If you believe no, then can anything harm you—the true you, the true spirited self? So then, forgiveness becomes more about letting go of false belief and stepping into the true identity that the Father gave to you. I know it’s radical, but belief like that could change the world, don’t you think?
3. How do you hope this book will resonate with your readers?
I hope, as with both of the other books, that the reader sees themselves in the characters and that the story causes them to look inward. To ask hard questions like, Who am I? What am I capable of? Do I see myself the way the Father does? Can I? I hope it challenges their idea of identity and then gives them hope to see themselves and others more clearly. Because that’s how these stories have impacted me, and we are all really just the same.
Have you read The Returning? What did you think?
Dystopian Fantasy seems to be trending at the moment do you like this genre? Why?/Why Not?
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