Published by Tyndale on March 8st 2016
Genres: Christian, Dystopian, Fiction, Futuristic, Romance, Science Fiction
Remko Brant had never been so sure of anything as escaping the Authority City with Carrington Hale. But bravado comes easy when you have nothing to lose. Now a husband, father, and the tactical leader of the Seers, Remko has never had so much at risk.As he and his team execute increasingly dangerous rescue missions inside the city, they face growing peril from a new enemy. Recently appointed Authority President Damien Gold claims to be guiding a city shaken by rebellion into a peaceful, harmonious future. But appearances can be deceiving. In order to achieve his dangerous ambitions, Gold knows he must do more than catch the rebels—he must destroy the hope their message represents . . . from the inside out.With dissension in his own camp—and the CityWatch soldiers closing in—Remko feels control slipping through his fingers. To protect those he loves, he must conquer his fears and defeat Gold . . . before one of them becomes his undoing.
After reading The Choosing, the first book in the Seer Trilogy, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the sequel. Now that I’ve devoured The Calling, I am in the same cycle of waiting for the third book to be released. Luckily, it’s coming out this fall!
The Calling does not quite pick up from where The Choosing left off, there is a time skip, although it works really well. We meet up with Remko and his now wife Carrington and a whole new, interesting cast of characters as they are faced with serious and all too often life threatening challenges. Meanwhile, the new Authority President Damien Gold has sinister plans for the city’s population and the Seers are in danger of more than just death. The themes of human nature, freedom, fear, and the power to overcome it are woven perfectly into the story. It was interesting to read how these concepts motivated some, but also held other characters in prisons of their own making.
This book felt very different from The Choosing, the stakes are raised much higher and tough questions are raised. I adored Remko in The Choosing, but I find him all the more interesting and developed in The Calling. We see so many sides of him, all ranges of his emotion. He is one of my favorites male protagonists because he makes real mistakes and is believable human.
There were a few things I didn’t see coming surrounding a specific character and I’m dying to know what’s going to happen in the next book because now I’m worried and feeling betrayed. I’m curious to know how everything will wrap up in the next book. All I know is that it’s going to be amazing. If you haven’t started this series, you need to.
The oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through storytelling. She graduated with a degree in communications and spent several years in marketing and corporate recruiting before making the transition to write full time. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat, Blair. Visit her online at rachelledekker.com.
This book is written from Remko’s perspective. Did you face any challenges writing from a male point-of-view?
There was definitely a looming pressure as I started to write the book. As a woman writer, I wanted to make sure Remko felt masculine and authentic, so I was constantly aware of how he sounded, and how he reacted. Once I got into a flow with his character though, it started to feel more familiar I didn’t have to think about it as much.
Carrington struggles with the pain that comes from watching Remko miss the Truth that was so clear to her. What encouragement would you give to others that have loved ones who do not yet share their faith?
Everyone needs to take the journey. For some, truth comes more easily, and others have to struggle to see it. It can be incredibly hard to watch someone you love miss the truth right in front of them, but don’t forget that the Father is still God, and He holds them in His hand. So love those that struggle restlessly and trust that the Father is ever -present, even in the darkness.
What can readers expect in the final book of the series?
Characters they know and some new ones I hope they’ll love! More questions of identity, and fear, but the characters will also be looking at forgiveness and letting go. I’m really happy with the way the final book played out, and I’m hoping readers will be as well.