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In the first book of the new futuristic dystopian series from author Lisa T. Bergren, the chosen remnants must work to redirect humanity’s course.

The year is 2095. Gifted teens known as Remnants have been chosen and trained to act as humanity’s last hope to rectify the horrors that are now part of everyday life.

The Community has trained these teens as warriors and assigned them Knights of the Last Order as protectors. Together, they are a force that will be difficult to bring down.

But the Sons of Sheol, of course, are determined to do just that. As the Remnants begin their mission to course-correct humanity by saving and protecting key individuals, their enemies move to stop them, placing the entire world in peril.

Bestselling author Lisa T. Bergren presents the first book in her new YA futuristic dystopian series—The Remnants Novels—fitting in with the current dystopian trend in the marketplace.

For the monastery that appears in the novel as “Wadi Qelt,” and Keallach’s winter palace, I actually used a monastery in a canyon of the same name in Israel. There, you descend from a hot, dry desert floor, down into a cool, red-and-gold rocky canyon with a river that flows along the bottom. They use aqueducts to funnel water elsewhere. And at the bottom, farther along the canyon, is an amazing monastery that smells of beeswax and with frescoes covered with a layer of soot from centuries of candles burning.

Merchants hang out at the top, wanting to sell you jewelry or a ride on a camel. More hang out at the bottom with burros, offering to let you ride to the top. The walls are riddled with caves and ladders, used by monks in seclusion—something I used in my book, Remnants, too.

While Keallach’s winter palace is far more contemporary—complete with a landscaped pool and building with individual balconies—the inspiration was everything I saw and experienced in that idyllic canyon in Israel.

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What’s your favorite desert locale? Share it in the comments!

And look forward to my review in tomorrow's post!


Marathon said...

It would be Death Valley. That one time when the rain kept falling brought out very unique flowers that we wouldn't see at all. The flowers made Death Valley more like home than a desert.

Marathon said...

I don't know that I have a favorite, or can think of one other than Death Valley. I may have to do some research into that question! :) Ohhhh....wait - I did watch the movie Sahara with Matthew McConaughey. As long as he's there, that would be my favorite one! :)

Marathon said...

Why the Sahara - so interesting.

Marathon said...

Love the Sahara! :)

Marathon said...

Book looks great! Love the cover!

Marathon said...

The Sahara would be my favorite

Marathon said...

I haven't had the opportunity to visit too many deserts, but I loved Palm Springs. That is the only one I can think of that I have been to.

Marathon said...

The Outback in Australia.

Marathon said...

Painted Desert, USA crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Marathon said...

I think I'm more of a beach person when it comes to sand :-)

Marathon said...

Mojave desert in the spring.