The follow up to The Choosing takes things in a different direction, but not in a bad way. The Calling by Rachelle Dekker is a great sequel to what has the potential to be an excellent series.
Carrington Hale convinced Remko Brant to escape the Authority City with her and now they are married and have a young daughter. He is the leader of the Seers and never before has he had so much at stake. Time and time again he and his team infiltrate the city to attempt dangerous rescue missions that fail more often than succeed. Damien Gold is the newly appointed authority President with dangerous ambitions and is bent on catching Remko and his group of rebels and destroying their message of hope and everything they represent. Remko is losing control of his camp and is afraid everything he has worked so hard for might be slipping through his fingers. His fears threaten to get the better of him, and if he fails to conquer them, he will lose more than he could have ever imagined.
The first book in the series focused on Carrington Hale, but here the focus is shifted to Remko with Carrington’s point of view sprinkled throughout. At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about this. The first half the pacing was a bit slower but the second half more than made up for that. I found myself on the edge of my seat almost rushing through to find out what was going to happen next. There is a similar quality to the writing by Rachelle Dekker to that of her father, Ted Dekker. In a way I want to fault her for this and say she should find her own path and way of writing but I can’t. She obviously learned from his way of writing and storytelling over the years, and why not? It is an excellent teaching to follow. Remko was brought to life, especially as the stakes grew and he struggled with facing his fears and what he was about to lose. I enjoyed his point of view and really thought that pulled the story forward. I recommend this book for those seeking adventure and action that pulls you deep into faith and all that you have to lose if you give into the fear surrounding us all.