When Leora Ebersole sees the small plane crash in her Old Order Mennonite community, she has no idea it’s a foreshadowing of things to come. When the young pilot, Moses Hughes, regains consciousness, they realize his instruments were destroyed by the same power outage that killed the electricity at the community store, where Englischers are stranded with dead cell phones and cars that won’t start.
Moses offers a sobering theory, but no one can know how drastically life is about to change. With the only self-sustaining food supply in the region, the Pacifist community is forced to forge an alliance with the handful of stranded Englischers in an effort to protect not only the food but their very lives.
In the weeks that follow, Leora, Moses, and the community will be tested as never before, requiring them to make decisions they never thought possible. Whom will they help and whom will they turn away? When the community receives news of a new threat, everyone must decide how far they’re willing to go to protect their beliefs and way of life.
This is a very different book. And I’m going to be totally honest, it reminded me a lot of “Walking Dead” without the zombies. Yes, I admit, I watch “Walking Dead.” But seriously, it was very much like what the characters in the show have to do to survive because really the show is more about what life it like when everything shuts down and how people will treat each other.
The same is true for this book. When everything stops working what will people do to survive? Especially Mennonite people who are don’t believe in using guns, will they compromise and how much are they willing to compromise?
Then there is the relationship aspect between Leora and Moses and Leora and Jabil and who will she choose? Will she choose? This is a series so maybe it won’t be resolved by the end?
Another layer is Leora’s sister and when Leora finds her wandering around covered in blood. What happened, is someone lurking about waiting to hurt them or is it someone in their midst?
There are many, many layers to this book. It isn’t overly fast-paced but it wasn’t boring either. It moved along and was a quick, easy read.
If you’re looking for something a little different then your typical Mennonite book this will be right up your alley.
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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.