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Last Light (Restoration #1)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  6,012 ratings  ·  462 reviews
Today, the world as you know it will end. No need to turn off the lights.
Published May 1st 2010 by Zondervan Pa (first published January 1st 2005)
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Terri Blackstock used to write Harlequin romances under a different name. She decided she should be using her writing talents to glorify Jesus Christ and encourage people in Him, so now she writes Christian mysteries. This book is Book One of a series.

I don't think she could ever be accused of writing great literature, but she does write great stories. It's not that her writing is attrocious. It's just that I find her metaphors and similes occasionally to be a tiny bit cheesy. Once in a while, t
Terri Blackstock is a brilliant writer. In book one of her Restoration Series, Blackstock captured my attention and imagination, making it quite difficult to set a slow, steady pace to read it. I found myself like I was when a child, sneaking in little reading sessions whenever I could. Putting off other tasks in order to read. Bringing the book with me everywhere in case I had just five minutes in which I could read further in the story.

The story takes place in modern times and follows the live
Some consider this book to be too religious, but I personally appreciate its strong, Christian message. Without the religious aspects I would probably give this book four stars. Still a great book.

The story follows the Branning family through a terrible ordeal in which all electronic equipment is rendered useless. Without power, communication, vehicles, clean water, or the ability to go to the grocery store for food or even the bank for money, they must learn how to survive in a new world along
Lisa Paterson
Let me preface this by saying I am not a religious person, nor did I know upon downloading this book (for free to my Kindle) that there would be such a blatant hit-you-upside-the-head-with-a-bible message in it. That most definitely colored my opinion of it.

The premise is great - civilization shuts down and reverts to a time before technology, electricity, and all the creature comforts we have become accustomed to. A plot device that had such great potential became a "trust in god and you will b
Loved this book and I can't wait to read the next book in this series. Reading this book did make me want to run out and stock up on bottled water and batteries though!
Barbara Sumpter
This was my first Terri Blackstock novel and my second “Christian Fiction” novel. I read Left Behind many years ago. I am a spiritual person but not a devout “pray-before-every-meal”, “pray-through-every-crisis” Christian. I try to do good things and try not to judge too harshly. I believe in “live-and-let-live”. I look for the good in people.

That being said, I think it is great that there is a Christian market for literature. Why not? There is a romance novel market, sci-fi/fantasy, mystery. P
Mike (the Paladin)
Okay...another a bit hard to rate. I'd go 3.5 here and I round it up to 4 as, well we don't have "half stars".

How do I describe this, sans spoilers? We open here after what is apparently an EMP attack or event of some kind (ElectroMagnetic Pulse). There are a few things in the story that don't ring true for that and even imply that whatever "happened" may still be "happening" and was/is not a "pulse". So, something knocked out all power and all electronics "apparently" everywhere. That's at leas
Adriane Devries
Without bothering to explain Himself, God takes away all electrical and mechanical power from humanity. Teenagers are outraged, middle aged parents and neighbors throw tantrums, and general bedlam ensues. While shallowly depicted characters in stereotypical situations work out their responses to the crisis of no cell phones, running water, or Home and Garden Network, a killer decides this is the perfect time to begin his serial career.
Though I love the genre of end-of-the-world scenarios and ur
I don't think I've ever read a book like this one! It had me pulled in and totally engrossed from the very start! I didn't expect this, Terri Blackstock, but I loved it!

Deni is at the airport with her Dad when pandemonium and mayhem breaks out. Everything stops working: the airport equipment, cell phones, vehicles, airplanes, lights, etc. The results of this is absolutely shocking and devastating. Trying to get home with no car or cell phone, they see bicycles suddenly being fought over as the
Maureen Timerman
This series was recommended to me by my Library. They told me they bought the first book in the series and enjoyed it so much that they bought the series. I tried the first is awesome!
Not know what to expect...the first book starts out at the Airport. Just after Deni Branning arrives, she and her Dad are on their way to pick up her bags. All of a sudden planes start falling out of the sky...the power goes out. Made me think this is the end of the world.
What would I do if we totally los
This was my first book by Terri Blackstock. I enjoyed it and will continue with the rest of the series right away!

Though I am not a big fan of suspense, thrillers, I still enjoyed this one. It did focus a lot on the no electricity part of the story as well and to me that made it a lot more interesting!

I loved the fact that the community came together in crisis instead of everyone locking themselves in and thinking only of themselves. I do hope that if something like this did happen, that would
This was my first Terri Blackstock novel and I intend to read the next in this series. I have read quite a few TEOTWAWKI "The End of The World As We Know It" novels. The scariest, and perhaps most realistic, was "One Second After" by William Forstchen. If One Second After was High School, "Last Light" would be Kindergarten. Still, I enjoyed the book. It is a quick read, short chapters, the story moves right along and never drags. The action began on page one. The characters are likeable, and I c ...more
In the face of a crisis that sweeps an entire high-tech planet back to the age before electricity, Deni Branning's career ambitions have vanished. She's not about to let her dream of marriage go as well.

But keeping it alive will require extraordinary measures. Yesterday's world is gone. All Deni and her family have left is each other and their neighbors. Their little community will either stand or fall together. But they're only beginning to realize it - and trust doesn't come easily.

I found this by accident on goodreads...sounded interesting, and it was. I didn't realize it was a christian book until i started reading it. Basically it's a "what if" type book, what if one day everything electronic stopped working all at once, not even generators work. the main characters were welltodo, spoiled, living off of electronics and fancy things. at first i was put off, duh they are rich of course they will survive, they would have stockpiled up more things, more food. more everythin ...more
Vera Godley
My thoughts: Terri Blackstock is one of my favorite authors. Her well written stories include characters developed just like you and I - full of flaws, pretty or good looking, ugly or gross, intelligent or slow of wit - you get the picture. Some of the characters you like and some you don't. Some have flawed personalities and character traits but grow through their problems and over come their flaws.

Ms. Blackstock writes Christian stories and they are infused with the Gospel but these are not se
Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
This is a re-release but somehow I missed it the first go around. If you missed it you should pick it up as well. It is a page turner of a read that will leave you pondering how you would survive in a similar situation.

Can you even imagine what it would be like if suddenly everything electric just quit? This isn't just the lights in your house but it is your car, your cell phone, your watches. All those everyday conveniences suddenly don't work. Think about this . . . even the water that comes i
Elise M.
Terri Blackstock is a bestselling Christian author who says, "It’s my goal to write fiction that will keep you up all night." In Last Light, she succeeds.

The premise of the story is what if all modern electronics failed due to some natural phenomenon that caused an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP)? Planes fall out of the sky, cars stop working, there's no internet or telephone or even water because the pumps don't work. We follow the affluent Banning family, who live near Birmingham, Alabama, as the

MY REVIEW.... Ever wondered what would happen if everything suddenly stopped? Computers went down pulling everything to a stop. Cars didn't run, planes fell, everything comes to a complete stop. This is just what happened when Doug and his daughter Deni when one the way home from a trip to Washington. This brought a real struggle for the two to finally get home, including dealing with people in a panic because everyone was in the same situation. Upon returning home to Birmingham, Doug and Deni
This book was surprisingly good! It was a free Kindle book, and I am willing to read just about anything so I thought I would try it. While it has a bit of religious overtones, which I don't usually get into, the overtones didn't detract from the book.

The story is about a family and their neighbors and how they deal with life after a global event causes everything to stop working; cars, generators, plumbing, phones, electricity. The families struggles to learn how to cook, clean and survive in t
Linda Prather
I downloaded this as a freebie on Pixel of Ink. For some reason I thought perhaps it was a mystery. I was immediately caught up in the story, and quite surprised several chapters in to discover it was actually Christian fiction. The daughter's attitude and parents' response was somewhat unrealistic to me, however, overall it was a very enjoyable read. Well written, formatting great and free of typos which isn't the case in all freebies.

While I was reading this we experienced a moderate ice stor
I really liked Intervention that this author wrote. I picked up Last Light as a break away from my normal fantasy novels and because the synopsis totally drew me in. Planes falling out of the sky, cars won't start, no electricity or running water. Great concept of a story. At first, it made me want to inventory my pantry and other reserves, just to be on the safe side. Then the book took a turn that I did not care for, preaching. Now I do not mind when people have their own opinions on religion ...more
Bryan Austin
Love this style of book, very much so far like the TV show Revolution.
I really liked the story of this book. I was totally entertained and it made me think outside of the box. Why did the author have to ruin the book by preaching? I tried to overlook it and got through the book, but I started the second book and couldn't get very far. Your preaching to the choir lady... It is a shame b/c I thought the book was well written and entertaining. I would have read the whole series if they weren't converting the world and being reborn all over the place.
This is the first book by Blackstock I've read; I kept putting it off thinking it might be too suspenseful for me! But it sucked me in right from the start and was hard to put down. It was an intriguing thought, if our technology just suddenly stopped. The Branning family is at the center of the story, learning to get along in primitive conditions and dealing with murders in their neighborhood. I hope to read the other books in this series soon!
Well written, intriguing and fast-paced. The end might have been a little stronger with regard to the villain (who becomes more of a cut-out bad guy the more we see of him) and the heroine, who makes annoyingly obvious bad choices; but otherwise the premise is so strong that we are compelled to see what happens,and we do care about the characters. I recommend this book for sure.
Jenn Misera
I really enjoyed this book.

I'm so drawn to Terry's books because she uses flawed characters in her stories so well, and when the character is faced with a struggle, they put their faith in God to deliver them from evil and overcome their challenge that they believe He set for them. That's what made me both love and hate Deni Branning.

All the characters were flawed in some way, don't get me wrong, but Deni was the one that from the beginning made me so pissed off with her and her ambitions, mostl
Kruse Kiser
In Last Light, there is a massive world wide outage that isn't just your normal power outage. Any car that was made after 1970 would no longer work. They would have to find new ways to store food, and preserve food in the middle of the summer, and even get clean drinking water. They have to worry about a murderer in their neighborhood and many suffering people with no food or water. I liked that this book talked about an outage of massive proportions. I think that it’s a unique subject and is v ...more
Lisa Hoffe
If I had no intention of reading the entire series I would have been a bit agitated with the ending. How thought-provoking, though! The whole idea of our current state of indulgence being taken completely away - made for great conversation.
Rhonda Smallwood
The concept in this book is fabulous. It makes you think that it could be the rapture, but then it soon becomes very obvious that its not. It really makes you think what you would do in the same situation, with no electricity and no technology to use for months and months. How different our lives would be. We become so isolated in our communities today. This book shows that we can't make it alone. In such a situation the neighbors have to pull together to survive. I was deep into this book when ...more
If you are looking for a book with all the answers neatly tied up in a bow by the end of the book, look elsewhere. A lot of the issues are resolved, but some of the main ones aren't. This is a great book about surviving a crisis that is larger than anyone can imagine. I'm sure you will be able to find a character that you can relate to in this book. If you were suddenly totally without electricity and all the technology that depends on it, how would you react? Would you curl up and die? Or get b ...more
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Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She is the winner of two Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award, and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist.

Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in a U.S. Air Force family. She lived
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Other Books in the Series

Restoration (4 books)
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  • Dawn's Light (Restoration, #4)
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