The reason I and millions of other people loved the popular show Jericho and rallied for it to stay on the air is just the reason books like ”Night Light” are so popular. How would we live after a nuclear attack? In an era of no running water, no electricity, and having to grow our own food? Would criminals be most successful in the new world or would the Christians and church be able to survive by bonding together? This is a Christian fiction book that I ran across. It is the sequel to ”Last Light” and I felt much better than ”Last Light”! The preachiness is toned way down in this book, and what is left is very interesting.
In this sequel, the Brannings and their community are digging a well for fresh water. Most of the book is focused on them taking in four children who seemingly were abandoned by their mother. They meet these kids when the kids break into the Brannings’ home. Again, the stereotypes flow as their community thinks that the poor people where the kids live, an apartment dwelling, just do not care to work so are in a bind for that reason. Trash is strewn around, toilets overflowing, the stench so bad that a dead body is not found for weeks. The Branning father who has turned into his community’s pastor encourages them all to help the apartment dwellers as they have no land to farm and no clean water. He insists that they only need information on digging a well and assistance on how to live without stealing from others.
The four children come to live with the Brannings until their family is found. Their mother was a drug user before the power outage. In the previous book, we learn that not only is power out, but cars do not run. We do learn why this has happened to the world. The children have been caring for themselves ever since their mother disappeared. So they are a bit suspicious of anyone trying to help them.
Once the government starts distributing money ($25) to each person, the kids assume the Brannings only want them for the cash. Their mother is found dead from a gunshot behind the apartment building. The night before the money is to be given out, the kids run away back to their apartment. Will the police ever find out who killed the kids’ mother? Will the kids ever trust the Brannings? Do the Brannings keep the children long term or do they find their grandmother? Will the Brannings oldest daughter regret breaking up with her fiancé? Do the apartment dwellers clean up the place and learn to live self-sufficiently?
This was an interesting book that made me want to keep turning the page to see what would come next. I loved that it was focused on the kids in the apartment and not the Brannings like the last one. Many religious references, but very quick and not long drawn-out ones like the last book, such as the Branning’s oldest daughter saying her fiancé must not have been chosen by God for her when she was writing her break-up letter to him. This 355-page book was a quick read and much better than the previous one. It did answer questions that were asked in “Last Light.”
Again, I enjoyed the break-down of life after the blackout took place. A great book that I would highly recommend! You would not need to read the first book to get into and understand this book…it stands alone. ”Night Light” is a page-turner.
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