Hello! Welcome to another book review! The Calling by Rachelle Dekker is the second book in the Seer Series, the first of which, The Choosing, I reviewed a few weeks ago (find that review here). You probably haven’t read the first book yet since my review about it was only posted a few weeks ago, so I’ll make sure not to totally give away how it ends. Enjoy!
The Calling by Rachelle Dekker:
This book follows the story of Remko Brant, a character from the first book and main character of The Calling. Remko has fled the city to escape the corrupted government, known as the Authority, and has chosen to follow Aaron. Aaron is a man who contradicts the Authority by telling people to let go of their fear and live in peace, knowing that they are loved. The group of people who have chosen to follow him and his ideas are called The Seers, and Remko is the unofficial leader of the group. He leads the other Seers on missions into the city, where they try to rescue prisoners that the Authority have locked up and recruit more people to join the Seers. But, as these galavants into the city become increasingly risky, Remko questions whether they are any good, or if The Seers should just stop fighting. Is Aaron telling the truth? If so, are his words worth all the Seers who have been caught or killed? Who can be trusted?
As I mentioned in my review of The Choosing, these books are dystopian novels. The Calling is a typical sequel to any dystopian series; in the first book the characters realize the problem and rebel against it, and the second book usually consists of the continued rebellion, fighting, some betrayal, and almost victory. This pretty much sums up what happens in The Choosing and The Calling. The plot line is basically the same as any other book of this genre, but that Biblical twist I mentioned in my first review is present in book two as well. Characters struggle internally with what they believe to be true and have a hard time “letting go of their fear” as Aaron instructs them to do. This Biblical allusion aligns with what the Bible says in Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.” Though this book followed closely to a classic dystopian story, it was nice to have a new element to keep it fresh.
Like the first book, The Calling is written in a few different perspectives- mostly from the perspective of Remko, but also from the perspectives of Carrington Hale (the main character in The Choosing) and Damien Gold, the new Authority president. There was some mystery in this book that kept me hooked on the story, as well as some enjoyable action scenes.
I would give this book 3 and a half out of five stars. Out of the two books in this series, I definitely liked the first book better. In The Choosing, there was a lot more variation to the events of the story, whereas with The Calling it seemed like the characters kept doing the same thing over and over again. There was plenty of action, but it was just repeated a lot. As for things to be aware of while reading this book, the only comment I would make is that there is some violence, the extent of which being description of dead bodies and fights involving gunshot wounds.