About the book:
Author: Daniel Peyton
Genre: Christian Futuristic Fiction/Religious Science Fiction and Fantasy/Christian Science Fiction
Release: July 16, 2019
The year is 2522. Anna is a Remnant—a secret Christian in a world that has banned any form of religion.
She is also an astro-geologist working with her Robot, named Z, for the Planetary Science Commission.
The PSC has worked for 200 years to find alien life on another planet, and finally, after two centuries, a primitive lifeform has been discovered. Faced with the reality of evolved primitives on a forested moon, Anna begins to question all she has ever believed.
Anna and Z travel to the newly-discovered moon in search of answers, but a terrible accident leaves them stranded. Faced with dangerous natives and unfamiliar surroundings, Anna and Z stumble upon a conspiracy that has universal implications.
Will Anna discover the truth about the moon and its inhabitants?
Can God still move within a culture that has abandoned Him?
Daniel Peyton has created the world most Christians fear. That is a world where reading the Bible has been outlawed and all Christians are killed. Science has developed to the point where humans can now roam the galaxy, and Earth isn’t much more than a place where humans are designed instead of born.
There was a very strong Planet of the Apes vibe, which I applaud. And the cover is top-notch.
Breakdown of characters:
Anna and Z = good guys
Richard and Jessie = bad guys
Got it, good, I can stop the review now.
Just kidding. You know me better than that.
While Remnant‘s plot has a death-to-all-Christians theme, there are moments of levity that keep the book from being overwhelmingly somber. Z’s humor cracked me up. Can someone please make him a real boy?
Here’s a snippet of conversation between Anna and Z.
Anna was certainly put through the wringer throughout the story. I won’t outline every instance, you’ll need to read the story for yourself. But I want you to imagine, just for a moment, that Christianity has been outlawed, and not recently. Imagine growing up in a world where everyone you know, and everything you’re taught says God does not exist. You believe in Him, but to say so would sign your death warrant. Anna’s one belief is that the humans of Earth were God’s only humanity. So, when primitive life is found on another planet, her faith is shattered.
There will likely be some controversy there. How could something like that be all it took to ruin her faith? Look around. Right now, humans struggle to believe in God. A few hundred years of brainwashing and you’ve got Remnant.
Anna’s story is one we can all connect with and the message in Remnant rings with truth. God will never leave us nor forsake us. Humans will fail. They will do horrible things, but God is always there.
Needless to say, I was completely absorbed by Remnant. I couldn’t read it fast enough and I hated when it was over. And I ground my teeth every time I had to read from Richard’s or Jessie’s point of view. Because all I wanted was for them to see the power of God firsthand.
Remnant is told in third person omniscient point of view, which always takes me a moment to adjust to as I’m used to third person limited. Once I recognize the omniscient though, it’s smooth sailing.
I enjoyed the amount of detail and care given to descriptions. Not overly done, but strong enough for you to see the world and understand its differences.
I won’t mention the primitive natives too much. I feel that would ruin the mystery. But they were my favorite part of the story. And the ending was epic. If you’re a fan of science fiction, I encourage you to give this one a chance. Yes, it has religious overtones, it is Christian Science Fiction after all, so do take that into consideration, but I think it’s worth reading.
I was given the opportunity to read an ARC of Remnant. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.