Saturday, December 6, 2014

Book Review ~ "Glimmering Light" by Margot Hovley

Glimmering Light (The End Begins)Glimmering Light by Margot Hovley
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Publisher to Review
Genre: Christian End of Days

Book Description:  In a world torn apart by an unprecedented terrorist attack, Amelie Hatch's life has been thrown into chaos. Safety is fleeting, and there is no rest for a group of Saints fighting to survive.
Despite the looming threat of terrorism, Amelie's safe arrival in Salt Lake City should have been the triumphant conclusion to her harrowing journey. With the promise of a future with her true love, Zack, she finds a glimmer of light amidst the bleak unrest of the nation. But Amelie and Zack quickly realize their journey is far from finished. With the nation's power grid still compromised and enemy forces drawing closer, Utah is no longer a safe haven—it's time to move on. And this time, they find themselves forced apart as they embark on separate missions that will test their endurance and threaten all they hold dear. Amelie can only wonder: does Missouri truly hold the key to their deliverance, or will they be forced to run forever?

My thoughts: This is a second book in a series. In order to fully understand what is happening in this book, I highly recommend reading the first book, The End Begins: Sudden Darkness, before reading this one.

This book continues where the first left off. The members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have trekked from Washington to Utah. For many of them, the journey is not over. A new government has formed and they want to take the supplies and resources of the people. Thousands make the overland journey, by handcart and wagon on the abandoned highways to find safety and shelter.

This book alternates between the two main characters, Zach and Amelie. Zach is part of a mission to take important information to Jackson County, speed and secrecy are vital to it success. Danger is always around the corner, he faces them and grows. I liked the confidence that he gained through trials.

Amelie is part of a wagon train. Her family pulls a handcart thousands of miles to reach Jackson County. Her trial is different. Her family's predicament is less danger from others, and more enduring walking through all kinds of weather, discouragement, and physical hardship.

I found "Glimmering Light" to be a fascinating book to read. It reminds me of the many modern conveniences that I take for granted. What would happen if suddenly the power grid was taken down? Margot Hovley's depiction of society, riots, and government power/control is an thought provoking. I thought it to be well thought out and realistic.

This book is religion based. The book contains violence that is not graphic.

About the Author (taken from Deseret Book):  Margot Hovley was raised in rural Washington State, where she worked as a pig herder and champion produce-box maker. She now lives and plays in Utah with her big family. When she’s not storytelling, she’s hanging out with family, teaching music to the somewhat willing, and fooling around with techy gadgets. She loves hiking, traveling, and concocting adventures.

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