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Last Light Falling (The Covenant #1)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  96 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
If your fate has already been chosen for you, would you change it? Fifteen-year-old Arena Power blindly accepts her destiny in a world filled with tragedy, chaos, and a lingering wickedness that will tempt every man's soul until the last days on Earth. Set in the United States in the year 2053, America, like most of the world, has undergone catastrophic earthquakes, ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 5th 2014 by Dog Ear Publishing
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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Dog Ear Publishing and NetGalley.)

“This is your quest – you are the chosen ones,”

Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this book.

Arena was a penis-obsessed psychopath. She shot first, and asked questions later, if she even bothered to question what she’d done. The death count went up and up and up, and she seemed to be enjoying it way too much, then when she took a shower (to wash all the blood and brains of
Jan 17, 2016 Angela rated it really liked it
Shelves: badass-females
I was contacted by J.E. Plemons and was asked if I could read and review this new start to a series. When I received the book of course the first thing I did was look it up on goodreads. When I read the description all I could think was "Holy information overload", but I'm so glad that didn't keep me from reading it. The other thing I noticed right away was the cover. I LOVE THE COVER. It had me thinking Throne of Glass right away. Strong female with swords, SOLD. When I first started reading I ...more
Candy Melissa Kwong
Feb 01, 2015 Candy Melissa Kwong rated it liked it
This review is originally posted on The Bookish Girl


I was given an e-copy by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Hands down for the beautiful and powerful cover, I was immediately intrigued by it.

Following a young girl named Arena, we are introduced to the America set in future. With a corrupted government, people live a miserable life. Arena, with her parents dead and uncle missing, lives under the roof of her loving foster family with her twin brother, Gabe. On their fifteenth birthd
K.S. Marsden
Apr 04, 2016 K.S. Marsden rated it liked it
After natural disasters and secret agendas, the world is broken beyond repair. Only twins Arena and Gabriel can step up and confront the evil and immoral people that crush the hopes of the population.

This was a difficult book to review. There are some fantastic sections, that pull you along on a brilliant adventure; and some issues that just made it stall.
First of all, in case anyone was wondering - despite the fact that the main characters are fifteen years old, and it does start with high scho
Oct 05, 2015 Connie rated it really liked it
Source: I received a free copy of this book from the author, thanks to J.E. Plemons.
Cost: Free

Title: Last Light Falling
Series: The Covenant #1
Author: J.E. Plemons
Overall Rating: 3.7 stars

With a name like Arena Power, you're destined to be some form of chosen one. And as Arena and her twin brother Gabe accept their fate blindly, they find themselves thrust into a hopeless world of chaos. Orphaned on their ninth birthday, the twins are awoken on their fifteenth to a letter from their mys
Apr 04, 2016 Bookish_Diana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews-tbr
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, Thanks to J.E.Plemons !

This is what I like the most. Action. Blood. The fight and stuff. A lot happens in this book. Some moments are funny and others less. The beginning of the book was not interesting, I had a craving to postpone her and to her not to come back but after a few chapters, things got more interesting. With each chapter I wanted to know more and more. At some point, my eyes refused to obey, and I
Oct 21, 2015 Sympathy rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook-challenge

Full review can be found here.
Thanks to NetGalley for providing this copy in exchange for an honest review.

Thank God it's over.

Okay, it wasn't THAT bad. Last Light Falling was a very promising story that personally fell through with me. Happening upon this title on NetGalley, I was immediately "sold" on it from the amazing book cover and the gripping summary. I just couldn't wait to read it.

Unfortunately, this wasn't the story I thought it would be. I'm not saying I thought it would be complete
Sep 28, 2015 Abbie rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

I didn't get along with the main character at all. She annoyed me for the majority of it, and was a bit of a psychopath!

This wasn't a read I enjoyed unfortunately. There was loads of info dumps, which made the story feel never ending, and lost my interest quickly. Not liking the main character really didn't help things either.

Overall, Not a book for me.
Kel (Faerie-bookworm)
I received a copy from the publisher for an honest review.

This was actually pretty gory for a ya book, but very hard to put down. The characters were easy to relate to and you start to feel really bad for them and all that they go through. It did not seem like I read over 300 pages, the writing was so well done that I just gobbled up the pages.
Jan 20, 2015 Alana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 rounded to 3

I had been so excited to read this! it sounded intriguing when I read the synopsis but I ended up finding this book difficult for me to finish. I found the main characters annoying at times and the writing, while structurally sound, was stiff. The story has more chance of appealing to a religious audience rather than dystopian fans because religion is a primary theme. That wasn't a bad thing and it didn't affect my rating but I personally felt I couldn't relate to it for this rea
Rachel Bott
Oct 01, 2014 Rachel Bott rated it it was ok
I was asked by the author to read the book and offer honest feedback in a review.

So after reading the blurb I was quite excited to read this book as the concept and plot seemed quite unique and interesting.

I'm not religious, but I didn't find this book 'preachy' or anything, I received that feeling and sense from other reviews I've read but I didn't feel as though that is the case. If anything it's quite educational about the religion and how two teenagers that have been chosen by God to rid th
Feb 17, 2015 Carly rated it really liked it
Tough Arena & her smart twin brother Gabriel are chosen by God. She is filled with dread as high school is beginning, but she has bigger problems on her plate. She is about to embark on a dangerous journey.

Arena is a likeable character – blunt and tomboyish. She reminds me of Tris from Divergent. Arena is a bit uneven at times, speaking brusquely and cursing one moment, then speaking formally about kindness and beauty the next. Arena has a crush on her friend Jacob, a nod to Twilight no doub
Ariana Fae
Jan 25, 2016 Ariana Fae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love stories with a tough kick-ass female protagonist, and it’s what made me want to read Last Light Falling—also I loved the book cover. Like a locomotive the book starts off slowly with exposition dumps and word building, but then takes off through a roller coaster ride of emotions and action scenes.

The story revolves around twin sister and brother Arena and Gabe, and I liked the dichotomy between the two. Arena is filled with righteous fury that is balanced by her sympathetic nature to tho
Cheree Castellanos PA
Jan 12, 2016 Cheree Castellanos PA rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book! Fast paced and lots of action! Loved the twist on the apocalypse of the book of Revelation and the glory given to God in all things and the faith that Arena and her brother Gabe have through everything. This book is not only filled with heart stopping, non stop action, but also emotional turmoil and very sad and real situations that one would expect at the end of the world. I can't wait to dive into book 2 and see where their destiny calls them next!
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
You can find my review on our blog by clicking here.

Set in the future, 2053 to be precise, a disastrous event is about to unfold. America will never be normal again. People will meet Death and succumb to his demands. Nothing is promised and there’s only one person that change everything. Arena Power. This 15 year old girl finds out that the faith of humanity is within the palms of her little hands and is confronted with one ultimate decision: To follow her destiny as the Chosen One and save the
Niyati Em
Sep 25, 2014 Niyati Em rated it it was amazing
Note: This book has graphic scenes and strong language. It is not for the faint hearted. You need some temperament to read this book. It has strong religious themes and considers themes like murder.
Last Light Falling begins in 2053, with believable world conditions as they could exist at that time. The story begins on the main characters’ fifteenth birthday, twins Arena and Gabe Powers, whose parents were killed in a tragic car crash six years ago. The book is told from the POV of Arena Powers.

Adrianne Lemke
Nov 27, 2016 Adrianne Lemke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting read. Some pretty good action, although I didn't feel overly connected to the characters throughout the book. Will probably read the next one.
*I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Arena and her brother Gabe are “the chosen ones.” They have a duty to protect what’s left of the innocent people of the world and destroy the evil ones. They are also…Ahm…Fifteen years old. I don’t know about you guys, but when I was fifteen, I played on the Xbox all night long.

This book had its ups and downs for me. So let’s start with the downs first…

Personally, I’m not a religious person whatsoever. I did
Feb 07, 2015 Diana rated it it was amazing
Last Light Falling opens up with a verse from Revelation that speaks about the end of the world which is one of the key points in the book to me. The book is very action packed with twists and turns around every corner keeping you on the edge of your seat and wanting to know more!

The book describes a world that we are not accustom to. It is set in America in the year 2053 and describes the world in shambles after a virus spread across the countries and killed billions of individuals! In 2053, th
Sep 22, 2015 Charli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
** I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review **

Last Light Falling: The Covenant is a dystopian novel with an unusual twist. The story is taken from the Book of Revelations - well, sort of. This is not a Christian book by any means, and if you were to start reading it believing that, you'd soon see that there is harsh language in the book that clearly prevents it from being a Christian book.

The year is 2053 and the world is in a shambles. Israel is now the enem
Jul 07, 2014 Molly rated it it was amazing
Haunting, Genre-Defining

As a life-time reader you go through a great number of books, even from a very early age. Over the years you start to develop unique tastes and cravings that not every author can provide. You also learn many common threads (some people call them tropes or clichés) that the vast majority of authors repeat. And then... then you have books like this one, that surpass your every expectation.

Set in a (sort of) post-apocalyptic setting in the United States of America, J.E. Plem
Apr 27, 2014 Lucinda rated it really liked it
A darkly delicious tale that deftly interweaves evil, treachery and truth for an intoxicating concoction

Last Light Falling: The Covenant (book 1) is a hauntingly mesmeric story of profound depth and a sinister ‘surreal’ quality. It speaks to the soul by capturing quintessentially the fragility of human life and a remarkable perception on death, God and all that lies beyond our current existence. I felt like I was floating in a sea of subconscious thoughts as the events within the book highlighte
Nov 20, 2014 Jaxxy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
As someone who spends few hours each week reading books, e-books and other written works online, the title and the cover really caught my attention. At first the story seems to be your common apocalyptic story which most of us are really sick of, but as I read the first few parts of the story, I realized that I was wrong.

There are many twists in this story and nail-biting scenes, some which very graphic, but extremely real. The greatest difference in this book that makes it stand out among the r
Lindsey Roberts
Oct 26, 2015 Lindsey Roberts rated it did not like it
Original Review Here

It’s been a while since I have written a bad review, but this was one of the worst books I’ve read for some time.

The plot could work – prophesised twins destined to do God’s work and cleanse the world of evil. But it didn’t. It lacked in tension and failed to keep me gripped. Anything about religion came in chunks – one chapter would all be about killing and murder, the next all about God. There was no blend and that distanced me from the book.

The characters were weak. Arena
Angela Jones-Cuéllar
pooled ink Reviews:

Last Light Falling was a bloody thriller of a story and the writing skills were undeniably there (except I wasn't a huge fan of the info-dumps that kept popping up).

Look, I’m never not going to be a fan of badass female protagonists who can hold their own but there has to be something else, something more. Katniss (from The Hunger Games) is a fabulous example where she can 100% fight and fend for herself but she does it largely to save and protect others and not just because
Aug 19, 2014 Hope rated it liked it
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

First Impression: Excellent cover art and an interesting premise. Dystopian post-apocalyptic is my favorite genre.

Characters: A strong female lead with a band of friends and family makes for a relatable base. Arena Power grows up fast when she realizes her and her brother Gabe are destined to take on the evil of this new world. I was a bit confused about the character building since it went from 0-60 in a hot second. I apprecia
Erin Cataldi
Jan 14, 2015 Erin Cataldi rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Wow. Quite literally the BEST young adult christian book on the market. The characters are real, they aren't picture perfect Christian cut outs portrayed in soo many other Christian fiction titles. They have faults, they curse, they act like normal teens (minus being killing machines chosen by God). It was really refreshing, and I think the author did an amazing job making his characters real and relate-able unlike many other books on the market.

Arena and Gabe are twins and they have no idea how
Aug 20, 2014 Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, read-again
Twins Arena and Gabe Power are normal teenagers dealing with normal teenage problems. Except America in 2053 is very different than the America we know now. There is no more democracy, no more money, no more freedom. Most people follow along blindly, greedily, or they are brainwashed into thinking that everything is ok. Arena and Gabe, however, know that things are very very wrong.
On their 15th birthday, Arena receives a letter that she thinks may have come from her Uncle Finnegan. The only pro
Ammon Neal
Jan 23, 2015 Ammon Neal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
I loved this book! It is so refreshing to see a female main character that is not only strong but also has a well thought out and engaging story its almost unbelievable! From the beginning of the book you immediately become engaged with the main character Arena and are in awe of her her potential.

As the story progresses its impressive and addicting to watch how Arena Power's grow and flourish. It's not only clever but also relate-able (yes even too a guy such as myself). All of the characters a
Warren Bell
Jan 15, 2015 Warren Bell rated it it was amazing
I have just finished Last Light Falling.

And I'm left here contemplating our future, having read and researched a lot of the new world order this is a chilling and thrilling look at what might be in-store for humanity.

The Author has beautifully created our main characters Arena & Gabe. We start off with a look at what has become of the Earth in 2053, we meet these two as they battle through their first few days of senior high. I admit I was almost brought to tears a few times as I got to know
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Jay Plemons’ life is nothing short of ordinary. From an aspiring chef, carpenter, educator, musician, husband, and father, nothing ever seems too busy when adding yet another hat into the mix as a fiction novelist. With a degree in music business, and a minor in English from Middle Tennessee State University, the aspirations to continue his journey in the arts, has followed Jay to write the Last ...more
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