But Colton's steadfast commitment is challenged when he learns his own son has been targeted for extraction. An underground militia, the Remnant, agrees to help Colton save his son in exchange for his assistance with their plan to free the Aberrants on the island.
Colton is faced with the most important decision of his life. Remain faithful to the CTC? Or give up everything to save his son?
William Michael Davidson’s The Remnant showcases a truly unique storyline, where he posits that the urge towards religious belief is genetic, and draws the reader into a world where religious violence has been largely eradicated by a viral outbreak in 2061 that effectively destroyed humanity’s urge to believe at a genetic level. The plot offers two very black and white alternatives: the genetically atheist, who hunt down any remaining believers without mercy or trial, and the few, noble and persecuted believers, engaged in a David and Goliath fight against oppression. I found this aspect of the book to be a little too simplistic to really capture my imagination, which is one of the main reasons why this got a three-star rating.
The other reason was that I found the protagonist, Colton Pierce, was lacking in depth; there was no self-doubt or tendency toward introspection that heralded his (very) sudden about-face halfway through the novel. Especially when the reason given for this radical change of opinion was his love for a person who, prior to that moment, he hadn't shown much affection towards, I would have found it much more plausible if the seeds had been there before the key event.
So, overall, while the basic idea of the book made me very happy, and the writing was technically strong, I think that a bit more digging into the gray areas and a lot more foreshadowing could have boosted this from a three-star read to a five-star read.
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