The End Begins: Glimmering Light by Margot Hovley
Publication: March 2014, Covenant Communications, 160 pages
My Source: I borrowed it from the library.
Description: In a world torn apart by an unprecedented terrorist attack, Amélie Hatch’s life has been thrown into chaos. Safety is fleeting, and there is no rest for a group of Saints fighting to survive . . . Despite the looming threat of terrorism, Amélie’s safe arrival in Salt Lake City should have been the triumphant conclusion to her harrowing journey. With the promise of a future with her true love, Zack, she finds a glimmer of light amidst the bleak unrest of the nation. But Amélie and Zack quickly realize that their journey is far from finished. With the nation’s power grid still compromised and enemy forces drawing closer, Utah is no longer a safe haven—it’s time to move on. And this time, they find themselves forced apart as they embark on separate missions that will test their endurance and threaten all they hold dear. Amélie can only wonder: does Missouri truly hold the key to their deliverance, or will they be forced to run forever?
My Review: I'm putting this one in a new made up genre--LDS Dystopian. This is Book 2 in the series and I strongly recommend that they're read in order, since so much information and back story is given in the first book, The End Begins: Sudden Darkness. If you haven't read that one, you may want to skip my review.
The story goes back and forth between the stories of Zack and Amelie, as they traveled from Utah to Missouri in the Last Days. Zack is sent on a special mission ahead of the main group traveling to Missouri. He and his companions encounter some difficulties and scary situations. Amelie is with the main group of 200,000, and is given a big calling to help organize and interview the youth.
I loved the author's ideas of how things could be and they seemed very realistic and scary to me. Events happened that really tested their faith. I can't imagine going through things like that, yet it really could happen that way. It was a very gripping story.
I enjoyed watching Zack grow. As a new member of the Church and being on his own, he really had to dig deep within himself to endure this and he learned a lot about himself, his faith, and his abilities.
Amelie (Lee) was a really strong person as well. She was determined to do things the way she had in her mind and had to humble herself to accept what was meant to be.
Content: no language, non descriptive kissing, some violence and moments of peril (shootings, suffering, death (not descriptive)). Clean.