Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Review: The Calling by Rachelle Dekker (Blog Tour)

Title: The Calling
Author: Rachelle Dekker
Publisher: Tyndale House
Pages: 317
ISBN: 978-1-4964-0227-1
Published: March 8th, 2016

Synopsis:
 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.
Review:
I have been anticipating The Calling since the end of The Choose, Rachelle Dekker's first book in this Seer series. The wait was worth it!

We were introduced to Remko in The Choosing. And through Carrington's eyes, I wasn't sure what to make of him. I had an inking by the end of the book and The Calling there were no more questions to who he was.

I enjoyed having his perspective. Most dystopian stories focus on one perspective, here, the view is expanded, and through that, the world that we are diving into is opened up to far more avenues. The world in The Calling opened up far more, it offered an even bigger picture of the this way of living. The way that fear is control and control is power. To live, fear is apart of life in some aspect or another. Carrington showed us what fear was like with her whole world changing in first book. Here, Remko is showing what fear is like from someone who works for the government, to help keep order over the ones he watches out for and for his higher ups to keep him in line.

As you read, you  can relate to this. You can relate to fear. Everyone has experienced fear in some form or fashion, and that is what draws you further into the pages. The suspense. The wanting to know.

Rachelle Dekker has an amazing talent for crafting such an intricate world and making it feel real and a bit terrifying. She is able to draw you in and keep you in her story till the last page. It is a fresh and fast paced story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I can't wait to what will happen in the next book!

About the Author:
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 www.rachelledekker.com.





 Author Q&A:
-Remko struggles with his anger often throughout the book. Is this expression of anger connected to his fears? If so, how?
Anger is just a natural reaction to the circumstances Remko faces. Sometimes being afraid can stir up anger because it makes us feel weak or out of control. This is definitely true for Remko in The Calling.
-Do you think men and women express and handle fear differently? If so, how?
I believe people handle fear differently, and that gender doesn’t always play a role. I believe more often than not we are all the same, and that we should be encouraged that we never really face anything alone.
-Do you relate to any of the characters in The Calling in terms of how you’ve faced and handled fear in your life? How so?
Of course, every character I write ends up having some reflections of things I’ve faced personally. You can only write what you know, as they say. I, very much like Remko, have the tendency to be in “my head” too much when faced with fear, and I struggle to let go of the need for control and simply surrender. That’s one of the main reasons I decided to write this story.
-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.


Thank you to the Tyndale Blog Network, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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