If your fate has already been chosen for you, would you change it? Fifteen-year-old Arena Power blindly accepts her destiny in a world filled with tragedy, chaos, and a lingering wickedness that will tempt every man’s soul until the last days on Earth. Set in the United States in the year 2053, America, like most of the world, has undergone catastrophic earthquakes, famine, and an economic collapse, which has rendered the nation hopeless. It has turned to other nations, like Russia and China, to help restore what was once a world power. Unfortunately, the new America has grossly caused civil unrest that will eventually be the precursor to a much bigger war of biblical proportions.
Orphaned at the age of nine, Arena and her twin brother, Gabe, have learned to rely on each other through the toughest times. Not only do they share the same birthday and the tragic loss of their parents, they both have a birthmark on the back of their necks in the shape of a crucifix. This is only but a small sign of the destiny that will follow. On their fifteenth birthday, they receive a mystery letter and key from their estranged Uncle Finnegan. This key will unlock their fate, and it will be up to a priest, who has vowed to protect them since birth, to unfold the layers of their destiny-to undo the evil that has spoiled the world, and to help unleash God’s wrath upon those who have turned from Him in the last days of history.
Last Light Falling weaves righteousness with evil, treachery with truth, and shows just how far the will of man can survive on faith alone. Arena and Gabriel’s fate will determine that course of history for which has already been written. They were not born to save the world; they were chosen to prepare it for the final days.
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review*
I am giving The Covenant by J.E. Plemons 5/5 stars.
The Covenant is the first book in The Last Light Falling series by J.E. Plemons, and tells the story of twins Arena and Gabe who were chosen at birth to be warriors of God to help the world when its final days come. Mixed with action, religion, paranormal and some brief bits of history, The Covenant is definitely a should read for anyone looking for a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
In terms of characters in The Covenant Arena is my favorite. When the story starts, you can tell she has an edge to her making her seem like this tough young girl, but as the story develops you see how she shifts from being this tough young girl that is trained in different forms of combat into a this badass killing machine. Now this development shocked me, as I was not expecting such a dark change in her character. Once the action in the story starts taking off, you can see this switch in Arena character and all the death that comes with it. With Arena and Gabe being warriors of God, I thought it would be a bit more peaceful, but it was the complete opposite for Arena as she becomes pretty much an assassin with a potty mouth. When the switch does occur in her character, it seems like she has no remorse or thought of what she is doing, but towards the end you can begin to see her have a conscience of what she is doing and how to handle it. Arena is one of my favorite heroines in a ya series. I would have to say she is tied with Katniss from The Hunger Games in terms of how much I like her.
I do have to say, the story does start off a bit slow, as Plemons introduces the reader to the characters, and give some of the background of how the world is being ran in 2053, and how life has been affected in this dystopian society. Once you are able to get through this brief introduction part of the story, the rest is pretty much action for the remainder of the story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The Covenant is the kind of book that you will struggle to put down.
I do want to make a disclaimer that even though the book does contain some religious themes in it, do not let that deter you from reading it. Yes, religion does play a part in the story, but it is not trying to be pushed on you and your beliefs, it is really to help the story and character’s develop.
About the Author:
Jay Plemons’ life is nothing short of ordinary. From an aspiring chef, carpenter, educator, musician, husband, and father, nothing ever seems too busy when adding yet another hat into the mix as a fiction novelist. With a degree in music business, and a minor in English from Middle Tennessee State University, the aspirations to continue his journey in the arts, has followed Jay to write the Last Light Falling series, which has not only touched on some of his personal experiences, but has also helped him further explore the heightened convictions of faith. Though his first love is music, writing has profoundly changed the way he expresses himself to others, which has recently impacted his son to follow in those same emotional footsteps. When Jay isn’t drumming, writing is his cure to life’s distractions.
Jay’s only philosophy is to enjoy whatever time you can whenever you can, with whoever you can, because the uncertainties that tomorrow may bring will have a profound impact on how you give your time today. If we could all just stop for a moment and enjoy the little things in life that make the big things worthwhile, our troubles would all seem inconsequential.
Raised in a fundamentally sound Christian home, Jay’s quest for knowledge was under a jaded, but compassionate moral compass. But with all questions about life, there’s never a good time for harsh scrutiny, but being a child of God, timing is everything. While scrutiny may come under experiences, it’s our experiences that breeds humility, and that’s what bridges our relationship with God. This is the true nature in which man may take several paths before realizing his chosen path was never meant to be in judgment, hidden in shame and guilt, or riddled with harm. We may not understand the world around us, but comprehending its vast secrets was never the true intentions of our being. We were called to serve one another and accept a gift greater than our minds can possibly fathom–love.