Title: American Omens: The Coming Fight for Faith
Author: Travis Thrasher
Genre: Christian Fiction
Publishing Date: Feb 12, 2019
About the Book:
In this taut thriller that depicts a future where belief is dangerous, faith is deemed hatred, and a group of powerful elite keeps watch, the Reckoner has come to wake up America.
The year is 2038 and Cheyenne Burne is a brilliant young programmer working for Acatour, the world’s top technology firm. Her father converts to Christianity, and he suddenly disappears without a trace. When a stranger hands Cheyenne a coded message that sends her on a collision course with a clandestine group of believers, she must put her life in the hands of those following a man known only as the Reckoner. He claims he wants to bring back true faith in Christ to America and also reveal the forces behind the disappearances of the many renowned people who publicly declared their Christian faith.
Operating in the shadows and living off the grid, this mysterious prophet assembles a ragtag team–including a former bookseller whose store was shut down for selling prohibited books–to help him take the battle for transparency to the top. With a ruthless FBI agent closing in, can Cheyenne and the others expose the truth and lead a return to God in America before it’s too late?
You don’t have to look too hard to see that we live in a day and age where Christianity is under attack by a manipulative concept known as “tolerance.” Thrasher has created a world 20 years in the future at a point where technology has taken over and Christianity has been outlawed. I thoroughly enjoyed this story but I would describe it a bit differently than what is written on the back cover. While Christianity is clearly under attack, I would argue that the bigger plot is over the technology of the day and it’s manipulation of the people. Although faith is mentioned often, you see people run into trouble when they rebel against technology and the people who control it instead of for faith reasons. It’s still a highly engaging story, but not quite what I was expecting from the back cover.
At least at this time it doesn’t appear that this book is going to be a part of a series but I hope that there is at least one more book. Ever see 20 pages left in a book and think there’s no way all the loose ends can be tied in that time? That’s how the ending felt for this one. What was left out of the conclusion could easily be a full book in itself, so I’m hoping that’s what happens. Sorry for being vague, but I don’t want to spoil anything. It’s still worth the read!
I’m not anti-technology but I’ll admit I struggle with how much it has taken over our world. In a lot of ways people have traded in vital relational connections for technological addictions. American Omens is haunting in it’s ability to predict what the future could be like if that doesn’t change. It’s a real eye-opener that’s for sure! When new technology comes out many people get excited to have the “latest and greatest” but how often do they look at the ramifications of what that could mean for their privacy and protection? It’s seriously some scary stuff!
For people who enjoy dystopian and end-times stories this is one I’d highly recommend. It’s loaded with suspense and paints a scary portrait of what the world could be like 20 years from now after several booms in technology.
*I received a copy of this book from Waterbook & Multnomah. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
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