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I loved the fast-paced story with the heart pumping adrenaline. I was not required to write a This book really surprised me in a good way! I was not required to write a positive review.

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The opinions I express in this review are my own. I was almost scared to read The Returning. He's a great writer and I was immersed in his worldbuilding and characters, but his series endings never gave me the satisfying conclusions I was personally hoping for. His series' finales never completely m I was almost scared to read The Returning. His series' finales never completely met the full potential that the previous books built up, leaving me bittersweet, slightly disappointed feelings toward his series. I realize that this doesn't really have anything to do with his daughter, Rachelle Dekker, but irrationally, all of this was in the back of my mind as I began to read The Returning.

Fortunately, Rachelle's Seer Trilogy closes with a satisfying, though some might say quick, conclusion. I was taken aback for a moment when I first heard that The Returning would take place 20 years after The Calling. I was fully expecting book three to continue immediately after. Though Carrington and Remko have roles in this book, the main character truly is Elise, who we last saw as an infant. New characters, such as the seven young people chosen to infiltrate Authority City, were great.

I wish we had more time to learn more about them --Kennedy and Kane Brant, Elise's younger sister and cousin, along with Willis Lane, the son of one of the Authority members, were the most highlighted of the Seven, though even then, I still wanted to know more. Maybe some e-novellas or short stories could be possible I definitely would enjoy that! In my previous reviews, I mentioned that though this is a Christian dystopian trilogy, I felt that it still could crossover to the mainstream market without being being "preachy. Personally, as a Christian, these elements really stuck out to me, but there were also things that weren't clear enough to be distinctly "Christian" --it seemed like the spiritual elements focused on finding the light within yourself and though it's inferred that the light was given or placed there by the Creator or a higher power, it's abstract enough that it might not sit well with some Christians theologically.

I give it pass since it's a fantasy world, but it did personally give me a slight pause, like something was "off. However, I did like the emphasis Dekker placed that even "the bad guys" or those who were consumed by darkness also were originally "children of light" and could still be redeemed. In the current world we live in, I think it's good to keep the perspective that God loves all people, even those who oppose him. I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. Jan 01, Alyssa rated it it was amazing Shelves: About the Book Twenty years have passed since Carrington and Remko Brant's baby, Elise, was kidnapped and they were forced to leave her captive in the Authority City.

Now Authority President, he's ushered the city into a new era of "peace"--one where the Scientist Roth Reynard's Genesis Serum has eradicated all memory of emotion or rebellion. The key to ultimate victory may rest within the strangely powerful girl who has felt forgotten but was never abandoned--a truth she'll need to wage war against the powerful forces of evil. First of all, there is a decent amount of time that has passed since the second book. So be aware of that. The Returning and the Seer trilogy was an intense and wild ride that I enjoyed immensely.

The characters were fully fleshed out and jumped right off the page. Carrington and Remko felt so real to me. The world building is fantastic. However, my only quabble is that I wish Rachelle had been more bold in the spiritual aspect of the story. Other than that I found the story compelling and I couldn't put it down. Jan 03, Rachel rated it really liked it Shelves: This was an interesting conclusion to this series. It's not often a series will jump twenty years from one book to the next.

But I liked the fact that this book focuses on Elise and I liked the development of her character. She goes from being a captive to being the key to setting the whole Authority City free. Although I enjoyed the positive message of not forgetting who you are and letting the light flow through you, it got a little repetitive because this was mentioned over and over and over. I enjoyed getting to see glimpses into the lives of the characters from the first two books and also getting to know the next generation. There is plenty of action to keep things hopping and a little romance to keep it sweet.

I was not paid or required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own. Jan 10, Jenneth LeeD rated it liked it.

Twenty years have passed since book two, where Remko and Carrington were betrayed, their baby daughter ripped from their side and stolen to live in the Capitol. Now Elise, twenty years old and immune to the Genesis compound that flows through everyone else's veins, must come to grips with her purpose in life: Somehow I managed to get this book before the official release date.

The bookstores must have put them out on the shelves too early. I'm goin Twenty years have passed since book two, where Remko and Carrington were betrayed, their baby daughter ripped from their side and stolen to live in the Capitol. I'm going to be honest and say this book simply pales in comparison to its prequels. Maybe it's because Dekker recasted her characters and Remko and Carrington got backseats this time. Maybe it was because she had us meet all new characters and learn to love them as much as we loved the first generation. It's sad that I can't even remember all their names.

It was as though the author wrote the third book as obligation to finish what story she had left after the first two books. Like with Willis and Elise--I just wasn't feeling it.

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Everything felt passive, even though the author has a tremendous writing style. And maybe it's because Dekker took this book and upped its emotion in the classic Dekker way. There was an oppressive overflow of "Holy Spirit encounters" where warm, blissful light, warm and loving, washed over her body and through her pores and it was just so perfect and amazing and let's go on for pages and pages about this supernatural experience the physical man simply can't describe correctly in the English language.

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I have the Holy Spirit inside of me, so I can sympathize with the whole "warmed and loved by God" feeling, but it just doesn't make good reading content. I'm reminded of an episode of Arthur I watched when I was little: She didn't let anything bad happen in her plot, her character had no flaws, and it was overall a drab read for everyone in her elementary school. Because it was just too happy. There was no conflict or pain and suffering. No anger or betrayal. So when the character on this TV show rewrote it, she added all of that in, and it became a hit. That's what I felt like this book was.

Oh, there was conflict. Seven teenagers against a city of brainwashed soldiers.

But Aaron kept assuring Elise, and the readers, that everything would end up fine. He went kind of Joel Osteen on us. Even though I typically know Good is going to conquer Evil in books otherwise it's pointless to read fiction, in my opinion , I still want to be on the edge of my seat: Who's going to die? What kind of emotional torment is the author going to put me through? In this book, I knew everything was going to work out because Aaron told us!

The part I struggled with the most, though, was the lack of varied emotion. It was almost entirely "Holy Spirit love" that flooded out every other human emotion. And I get it, that was Dekker's point. Be engulfed in the Spirit of Truth and all But here you had the chance to play with Elise's psyche: Why not keep bringing that back to her mind in the books?

Get her to doubt for longer periods of time than just a paragraph. Build that tension and have her almost afraid of her parents. That way, when a scene comes up like a reunion, it's more emotional. Dekker set herself up for great lies--Elise maybe doubting herself and considering joining Jesse. Have Jesse make a more forward move on his intentions, get that fire going Side note: Jesse is at least twenty years older than her.

Why not play with the kind of love a father has, instead of a romantic love? Instead she set us all up for these great moments, but overlaid them with Holy Spirit love that trumped all else. Human beings need to struggle, else these characters look too perfect for the audience reading. This book wasn't so much as conflict with characters as it was bathing in the warmth and love of the Holy Spirit. That, in essence, was the plot. Dekker's Christian philosophy may be a little out of line for some Christians. Her gospel was basically, "You're born saved; you've just forgotten who's son you are.

Reach deep inside yourself and find the God who lives in everything. Be one with the Force" kind of thing. I kinda get why she'd take this approach, to appease all Christian denominations, but if everyone is already saved and going to Heaven, what's the point of the series?

Why work so hard to help everyone find the light if it doesn't matter in eternity? I do love Dekker's writing style. In my opinion, even better than her father's, the great Ted Dekker. Her sentences are smooth and flowing, and based on her first two books, her character development and emotion are superb. Sadly, she didn't use all her talents in the final installment. Things to Watch Out For: A married couple in bed; two teens kiss several times; a man twenty years older than a girl has a romantic attraction to her Language: Dekker has a philosophy that everyone is already saved and just needs to remember to whom they belong.

This philosophy is preached on nearly every page of the book with Bible verses that may or may not be used out of context in some situations. Feb 21, Christen E. I raved over book one, book two was amazing, but book three. Book three is my absolute favorite. One thing I find interesting about this series is the time difference that takes place between each book—there is twenty years between book one and book three. And because of this, if you had to read as a standalone it could work—Rachelle does a fabulous job of catching readers up on the history of what I raved over book one, book two was amazing, but book three.

And because of this, if you had to read as a standalone it could work—Rachelle does a fabulous job of catching readers up on the history of what has happened. And that in and of itself is so very refreshing. May 24, Glenn rated it really liked it. This was the best book of the series and what a great story it was.

I really enjoyed the ending Dec 17, Dianna rated it it was amazing Shelves: Amazing ending to an amazing trilogy. I'll be posting a full review on my blog on release day. I promise you won't be disappointed. I was so thrilled to pick up where everything left off from The Calling. Yet I start in and quite a bit of time has now passed. Of course, it makes perfect sense why it happened this way. The story sucks you in from the get-go and I really had a hard time putting it down.

I read the whole book in a 24 hour period. I'm not kidding it was Amazing ending to an amazing trilogy. I'm not kidding it was that good. Not that I sat there for 24 straight hours as I have kids and I did have to feed them. But, I was able to pick up an hour or so here and there to read this story. My husband was kind enough not to bug me as he knew I had been waiting for this book for a long time. We have a pretty good thing going. The story is amazing and the perfect conclusion to this trilogy.

As you read you can literally see the story play out in your head, as if you were watching it on a movie screen. I'm telling you this series would make an awesome movie trilogy but only IF they can keep everything as it is written. I have been completely taken with Rachelle's writing that I really hope she continues to write more stories. This book starts out 20 years after The Calling when Elise, Carrington and Remko's daughter was taken.

Seven warriors are chosen by the Seers to get Elise back and take over Authority City. This is the ultimate good vs. I was really disappointed in this book. I really enjoyed the first 2 in the series, and they were somewhat religious, but this one was too much for me. I also did not like the fact that it took 20 years to go get Elise back. I thought it should have picked up where This book starts out 20 years after The Calling when Elise, Carrington and Remko's daughter was taken.

I thought it should have picked up where The Calling left off. I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss. Jun 15, Helen rated it it was amazing. Fast forward twenty years and we are introduced to Elise Brant, the young adult who was taken from her parents as a baby. Carrington and Remko Brants were forced to leave Elise in the Authority City but have never given up hope on finding her. Jesse has been caring for Elsie all these years and has managed to keep her from having all her memories erased by Scientist Roth Reynard.

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For some reason the Genesis Serum has not worked on Elise. The Brants are members of the Seers and have chosen seven y Fast forward twenty years and we are introduced to Elise Brant, the young adult who was taken from her parents as a baby. The Brants are members of the Seers and have chosen seven young people to be their chose warriors to enter the Authority City and rescue Elise.

As the seven are entering the City, danger is lurking everywhere. When Elise finds herself in the presence of danger she hears a voice that tells her to remember who she is. That she has great power. Fear not, and remember who you are. As this happens people near her who have had their memories erased are now getting their memories back. We form our own realities. We make judgments based on the past and what we think the future will bring; then we shape our idea of what we are capable of around those beliefs.

Imagine if we truly believed we were infinite sons and daughters of the creator. How different would the world look then? When we believe and have faith in who the Father calls us, then the world looks pretty different. The faith that Remko and Carrington have that they will someday see their daughter is so strong. I cannot begin to image what their past twenty years have been like, not knowing what has happened to their baby and if she is still alive. Now they are sending their younger daughter along with the chosen warriors, into the dangers of the City.

The faith the seven chosen ones have to trust each other and the feelings they are given. When they unite together to accomplish something they are unstoppable. What is he supposed to represent and what kind of spiritual leader is he? I want the reader to decide who he is to them. He was with the Seers but would disappear. In this story there is much change from the first book and it becomes plain that he represents someone similar to the Holy Spirit.

He is there to encourage his people when they need encouragement, but allows them space to deal with life issues on their own. In my opinion, this is the best of the three by far. The story is very fast moving with danger around every corner. I found myself wanting to cheer Elise and the chosen warriors on. There were several surprises in the story with how the author used other characters. I also enjoyed the touches of young and innocent romance as well the the love Remko and Carrington have that have lasted the years despite the difficulties and challenges they have had. Rachelle Dekker is the oldest daughter of bestselling author Ted Dekker.

I would recommend this series to anyone who likes to read futurist action type stories. You can learn more about Rachelle Dekker from her website at http: Tyndale House Publishing Some places you can buy this book are https: Aug 19, Sarah Gaff rated it it was amazing.

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Kudos to you on standing up for what you believe on a public post. However, I took this story completely differently as everyone's POV is filtered uniquely. Perhaps the light you keep saying is unbiblical relates to the verse in Matthew 5 where Jesus is speaking to the disciples? I personally did n JonathanT: I personally did not find anything that contradicted Jesus' teachings in this book.

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