I was thrilled to get my hands on this book (OK, technically it's on my Kindle...) the 7th (and next-to-last) in the “Righteous” series, by Michael Wallace, having read all of the others... each one making me wish that the next in the series would be released IMMEDIATELY! While it wasn't quite that quickly, the wait is always worth it with these books. (I'm not normally a 'series' reader, in fact I usually grumble about them, not liking to have to keep buying another book to find out what happens, but this series grabbed my interest right from the start, and I became hopelessly addicted...)
Michael Wallace has a fantastic writing style, which keeps you absorbed from beginning to end, with just the right balance of suspense, drama, detail, character development, and an ongoing story that brings together a wide assortment of personalities, forced to deal with almost unthinkable (but so very possible) realities... In this case, a group of LDS fundamentalists (polygamy included), reluctantly led by Dr. Jacob Christianson, hunkered down in their valley in the desert, prepared to wait out the end of civilization and their long-awaited salvation and eternal reward. But things don't always go quite as smoothly as they hope, and they are forced to face some problems they didn't plan for... like the USDA confiscating the grains and other resources they have set aside to feed their families in the last days, squatters threatening their water supply, drones keeping tabs on their every move, even invaders coming at them with heavy-duty military weapons. And in the midst of all the chaos around them, Jacob's sister Eliza decides she has to leave the valley to go looking for her beloved, Steve Krantz, who is “out there” somewhere in the chaos and war-zone-like USA.
The inter-weaved story-lines make this an exciting and engrossing read, and the by-now familiar and loved characters make you hope for the best for all of them... even in their bleak circumstances. The struggles and decisions that Jacob is facing are beyond difficult – nearly impossible, but he and his extended family are determined to survive whatever comes next...
Fantastic book, and once again, I can't wait for the next one! (Fortunately, it looks like the wait won't be too long this time, with the next book scheduled for release in January – Yay!) I highly recommend this entire series – even for those who, like me, aren't so crazy about series! This one is well worth the investment! With this series (and several other fantastic titles), Michael Wallace has become one of my favorite authors.