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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
The Bug Out Chronicles (Exodus & Exiles) by Ron Shelton is a Christian fiction book that would appeal most to a mixed audience of mature young adults and adults who enjoy dystopian and apocalyptic stories. John Thompson finds himself living in a post-apocalyptic dystopian land where the government has collapsed and he is left to survive in this world with only his wits, faith, and his survival skills. Yet, even when things seem bleak and impossible to survive, John Thompson knows that he is not alone. He has the power of Christ to guide him and his family in their attempt to survive and evade the great tribulation and neo-government control. Is John Thompson’s faith enough to sustain him and his family during their journeys or will it all end in only hardship and death?
The Bug Out Chronicles (Exodus & Exiles) by Ron Shelton is a well-written book with a setting and overall emotional feel that reminded me a bit of The Walking Dead, Badlands, and Colony. I have read and watched many post-apocalypse movies, TV shows, and books yet this is the first Christian one that I have come across and it quickly became my favorite. I find that in fictional post-apocalypse worlds, the survivors always seem very quick to abandon their faith. That has always been rather unsettling to me as I feel that characters would be more likely to hold strong to their faith in the face of such loss and devastation. The author did a brilliant job in making everything seem so very realistic and in keeping true to the Bible in the Christian nature of the book. Overall, this book is my favorite dystopian novel and I really hope the author decides to write more books in this genre in the future!