"Although this isn't a genre I'd normally read I'm not hesitating in giving this five stars. This book has pushed my boundaries and opened my mind to different genres. I'm sitting here in shock that I read this so quickly. I'd seriously have bet money that I wouldn't be able to finish it. A great storyline [...] " - Philomena, Goodreads
Published: May 23rd, 2017
Eighteen-year-old Oli cannot remember life outside the barrier, a life before the oil spill that poisoned human kind, killing half the population and infecting the other half until they deteriorated from the inside out, forced to walk the earth as Screamers. It’s a dangerous new world in which barely anyone makes it past the age of twenty, and Oli’s time is running out.
Studying the Bible, Oli searches for words to help restore faith in a lost world, and when she receives a message from God telling her to leave the barrier, she knows what she must do. There’s only one problem: Her best friend, Coi, doesn’t believe her, and he’s showing the first signs of infection. But before she can convince him to leave with her, the Governor quarantines Coi and orders his execution.
Oli risks it all to rescue Coi, and they set out to find sanctuary away from the safety of the compound, not knowing who or what will get to them first: the Governor, the illness, or the Screamers. When they stumble upon a group of uninfected humans hidden among the rubble of an apartment building, they think they’ve found their salvation. But not everything is as it seems, and their enemies are closer than they thought.
Why Christian Genre - why there is a need or ... a trend to "create" this label/genre. Are the rules of this genre so specific that it is needed to a have a specific term for it? is this name appealing to the readers?
This is a good question. I think the genre is necessary, however I also think there is a wide berth in the genre. Some of my book are very set in scripture while others are not, however there is an underlying message of faith. And then when we speak of faith there is also a wide range from amish to christian to catholic. So using the term Christian as a genre I think can be misleading. I do believe there needs to be a genre that clarifies to the reader that the material will contain inspiration and be void of profanity and sexul content.
Messages - how should they be given in a story: suggested or black on white?
I am pretty clear on my messages when I write. Most of my messages are of forgiveness so that is kind of hard to simply suggest. I like to read books where the message is subtle and not right in your face.
Education through Stories
I am a teacher so I am all for this. I love reading in this genre because I learn scripture and applicable situations for scriptures.
About the author:
A new resident of Montana, Connie Ann Michael grew up in a close family on the outskirts of Seattle. Drawn to the Lord she’s followed her calling of service and has taught for twenty-six years, currently the fifth grade teacher at Crow Agency Public School, on the Crow Reservation. Connie loves her family and is lucky enough to have two grown boys. Living with her husband and two dogs in Big Sky country, Connie enjoys any activity that takes her outside and is working hard to overcome her fear of being eaten by a bear to enjoy more hiking trips in the mountains.
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