Review of The Calling: a Futuristic Fiction Novel by Rachelle Dekker

I've read several books by well-known author Ted Dekker, so I was excited to see this book- The Calling- by his daughter, Rachelle Dekker. I found out that it is really the second in the Seer novel series after The Choosing. I hadn't read the first but was able to pick up on this one pretty well. The author does a good job with a character list at the beginning of the book as well as some backstory when needed.

The Calling is a futuristic novel taking place after a devastating worldwide event has drastically changed things. Without the first novel, I didn't have the whole story, but I was able to catch on to the idea. The book has a dark tone, but it's set in a dark time. In this post I'm sharing about the book as well as my thoughts and a Question/Answer section with author Rachelle Dekker.

Review of a futuristic novel by Rachelle Dekker

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From the book's synopsis:

Remko Brant had never been so sure of anything as escaping the Authority City with Carrington Hale. But bravado comes easy when you have nothing to lose. Now a husband, father, and the tactical leader of the Seers, Remko has never had so much at risk. As he and his team execute increasingly dangerous rescue missions inside the city, they face growing peril from a new enemy. Recently appointed Authority President Damien Gold claims to be guiding a city shaken by rebellion into a peaceful, harmonious future. But appearances can be deceiving. In order to achieve his dangerous ambitions, Gold knows he must do more than catch the rebels—he must destroy the hope their message represents . . . from the inside out.

With dissension in his own camp—and the CityWatch soldiers closing in—Remko feels control slipping through his fingers. To protect those he loves, he must conquer his fears and defeat Gold . . . before one of them becomes his undoing.

My thoughts...


The book has great character development. Even without having read the first book, I was immediately drawn to Remko- the central character- and to other strong characters. There is a really good balance of character reflection and action, although the characters are often very introspective- especially Remko.

Action in the book moves steadily with occasional peaks. The theme of the book with the rebel group and the constantly plotting city leaders means there is constant action. This made me want to keep reading and kept me wondering what was going to happen next.

As I said earlier, the book has a dark tone. It was fitting with the book's theme, but the dark tone is the one thing that sometimes made reading difficult for me. This is not because it wasn't well done, but just because it was a "heavy" book, and I felt I occasionally had to stop to process things.

All in all, I really enjoyed the book. I would like to go back and read the first.

Q and A with Rachelle Dekker:


1. The Calling is the second book in The Seer Series. Does it pick up right after The Choosing leaves off? 

No, a year and a half has passed when we rejoin the characters in The Calling

2. This book is written from Remko’s perspective. Did you face any challenges writing from a male point-of-view? 

There was definitely a looming pressure as I started to write the book. As a woman writer, I wanted to make sure Remko felt masculine and authentic, so I was constantly aware of how he sounded, and how he reacted. Once I got into a flow with his character though, it started to feel more familiar I didn’t have to think about it as much.

3. Remko struggles with his anger often throughout the book. Is this expression of anger connected to his fears? If so, how?
Anger is just a natural reaction to the circumstances Remko faces. Sometimes being afraid can stir up anger because it makes us feel weak or out of control. This is definitely true for Remko in The Calling.

4. Do you think men and women express and handle fear differently? If so, how?
I believe people handle fear differently, and that gender doesn’t always play a role. I believe more often than not we are all the same, and that we should be encouraged that we never really face anything alone.

5. In the book you talk a lot about surrendering to fear. What does this look like and how does this help us to not be afraid?

I think sometimes the natural reaction to fear is to hide from it, or try and push it away. It’s the idea that if we can’t see it then it must not be there, but we all know that unless dealt with the unseen things often come back to bite us. The only way to face fear is to walk through it; surrendering to Father God and letting Him reminder us of our true identity. Only then do we really see that the light within us is always greater than the fear we face.

6. Carrington struggles with the pain that comes from watching Remko miss the Truth that was so clear to her. What encouragement would you give to others that have loved ones who do not yet share their faith?

Everyone needs to take the journey. For some, truth comes more easily, and others have to struggle to see it. It can be incredibly hard to watch someone you love miss the truth right in front of them, but don’t forget that the Father is still God, and He holds them in His hand. So love those that struggle restlessly and trust that the Father is ever-present, even in the darkness.

7. The theme of identity from The Choosing continues in The Calling. Carrington reminds herself, “When you know who you truly are, you realize there is no war left to fight at all.” How does this statement apply to our Christian faith?

For me this is simply a reminder that God is still God. Regardless of my circumstance or how I view the world, the Father is constant and hasn’t changed. He has already won the fight, already conquered death, already set me free. It’s only when I forget who He calls me and who He is that I feel the need to fight against life instead of surrendering to Him and letting Him be God.

8. Do you relate to any of the characters in The Calling in terms of how you’ve faced and handled fear in your life? How so?

Of course, every character I write ends up having some reflections of things I’ve faced personally. You can only write what you know, as they say. I, very much like Remko, have the tendency to be in “my head” too much when faced with fear, and I struggle to let go of the need for control and simply surrender. That’s one of the main reasons I decided to write this story.

9. What do you hope readers will take away from the story?

I hope they take a moment to see themselves as children of the Father. I hope they see that true freedom and fearlessness rest in surrendering, and that when they stand with the Father than nothing can stand against them. There is incredible peace in that truth, and I hope, like I am beginning the experience, that readers feel that same peace.

10. What can readers expect in the final book of the series?

Characters they know and some new ones I hope they’ll love! More questions of identity, and fear, but the characters will also be looking at forgiveness and letting go. I’m really happy with the way the final book played out, and I’m hoping readers will be as well.

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Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.



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