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Book Review: The Calling by Rachelle Dekker

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?

My thoughts:

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.

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Book Review: The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker

Hello everybody!  I hope you are having a wonderful summer, and Happy Fourth of July to all of you.  One thing that I like to do during summer when I don’t have any school or homework is read a lot of books.  I recently found a new series of books at the library that I had never heard of before.  Book one, The Choosing, and book two, The Calling, by Rachelle Dekker.  I decided to give them a try and tell you guys what I thought about them.  After reading through my past book review, I realized that I outlined the entire story without leaving anything out for you guys to read for yourselves.  So, my reviews are going to be a little different now, more reviewing and less summarizing (also, I started a summary of this book and it got to be three notebook pages long and I hadn’t finished it yet…….).  So, without further ado, let’s get on into it!

The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker:

This book is about a girl named Carrington Hale who lives in a world about 250 years from now, where the way of life is completely different from today.  The government consists of The Authority, a group of men who pretty much dictate everything.  They institute The Choosing ceremony, where every girl who is 16 goes to be chosen by a man for his wife.  If a girl does not get chosen, she becomes a Lint, someone who spends the rest of her life working, and is considered worthless.  This is what happens to Carrington.  She is devastated, and basically disowned by her family and the community.  She goes to work as a Lint, but soon discovers a man named Aaron who tells her that life could be different, she is not worthless, and her Father loves her.  Carrington wonders, could this be true?  Should she follow this radical man and go against the only values she has ever known?  When she realizes the corruption of the Authority and their twisted ways, can she find the light amidst all the darkness?

My thoughts:

This is a dystopian novel, but it has a surprising Biblical twist.  The character of Aaron that I mentioned above is a Jesus figure, a man who comes along with radical beliefs and is happy to share them with anyone who wants a new way of life.  The Authority hates Aaron, and those who follow him are persecuted, almost always killed.  Characters struggle to know if they should follow Aaron and risk their lives, or continue living under The Authority’s rule where everything seems to be safe.  I really liked the addition of this Biblical twist because it made the book less of the typical and generic dystopian novel and more of an interesting read.

The Choosing is written from multiple perspectives, the majority of the book being from Carrington’s perspective, but also from the perspective of the antagonist (who will remain unnamed until you read the book, ha ha) and Remko, an Authority security guard.  I liked reading each character’s perspective and getting to know more than one character more deeply by reading about their emotions and how they personally deal with circumstances.

Overall I think I would give this book four out of five stars.  This was one of those books where it took me a little while to get into it, but when I did, I enjoyed it.  There is nothing whatsoever that I would call inappropriate in this book.  Just as a heads up, there is a little bit of violence (description of dead bodies, some description of murder, and mild description of a girl being tortured), but I think anyone in middle school or above should have no trouble reading it at all.  For those who have read The Hunger Games or Divergent, this is lighter violence than either of those.

Tell me what you think in the comments!  Are you going to read this book?  In a few days I will be posting a review on the sequel to The Choosing, The Calling, so stay tuned for that!