What do you get when you put LDS church members in a battle with aliens bent on taking over the planet? You get a fast paced story with well developed characters and a great plot.
Defenders of the Covenant by Angie Lofthouse is written from several points of view. We see the story as told by four teens that leave the compound and face the enemy outside. Hannah, who leaves to protect her best friend Mackenzie. Jeremey who defies authority to see the outside world, and Derek who goes along to keep the others safe. We also see through the eyes of Bishop Carrier who’s concern for the children he’s raised since they were infants is at war with his own failing health. And lastly, the eyes of the watcher, whose mission is to capture the humans and make them conform to serve the Great Ones.
I’ve read many books with multiple points of view. It can be difficult to pull of with out confusing the reader. Angie has done it well. There was never any confusion, only a desire to read more quickly to find out what happens next.
This story is written from a Latter Day Saint perspective. The characters often speak of their faith and how they rely on it in tense situations. It doesn’t delve into deep theology or become preachy in any way, it simply touches on the fact that these people have faith in their beliefs.
The technological ideas Angie used were new and interesting. From a skin suit that covered your body and made it possible for you to understand different languages, to a prison made from a suspended glass bubble.
I would describe this book as uplifting YA Sci-Fi. It doesn’t get much better than that.
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