When a series of natural disasters leaves the state of California a wasteland, the U.S. government declares it uninhabitable. Less than 1% of the state’s population stays behind as all other relocate. Those who stay either could not leave, or decided to stay behind. One such group of 16 call themselves The Holdouts. They minister to those who could not leave, and help them survive.
But there could be trouble brewing among the group, and the leader is convinced that God has begun speaking to him directly.
This one is a page-turner. Full, rich characters, which I’ve come to expect from Jenkins, and a modern perspective on a Biblical vision. The story also has lessons on pride, forgiveness, salvation, and God’s will and plans.
A scripture that came to mind when reflecting on the story was Romans 8:28 – “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
The wrap-up felt a little abrupt, but I definitely recommend this one.
1) Overall Plot = 4.5
2) Characters = 5
3) Flow/Pace of the story = 5
4) Is the story easy to follow? = 4.5
5) Overall Enjoyability = 5
Average of score 4.8 out of 5