The Reactionary by Kristen J. Hogrefe – Book Review

Posted February 19, 2019 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand firm and see the salvation of the Lord that he will provide for you today; for the Egyptians that you see today you will never, ever see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you can be still.”

Exodus 14:13-14

The Red Sea was a place of deliverance for the Israelites and a place of judgement for the Egyptians.

For some reason, every time I picture the crossing of the Red Sea, I imagine the Israelites timidly stepping into the path the Lord opened up – crossing on dry ground and yet looking fearfully around them. Then I picture the Egyptians in their chariots seeing their prey and not even thinking about where they are headed (into the sea) but rushing forward to claim their victory.

My favorite thing about this account is how God did exactly what Moses told the people He would. He did all the work and the people only had to watch. I know when I face difficulties or those I love do, I want to do something about it. Yet God often has that message for me that I need to pray and let Him fight for me.

Are you fighting a battle today? Is it possible that God wants you to be still so He can fight it for you?

The Reactionary by Kristen J. Hogrefe – Book Review

The Reactionary

by Kristen Hogrefe

Series: The Rogues #3
Series Rating:
Published by Write Integrity Press
Publication Date February 19, 2019
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult, Christian Fiction, Action/Adventure
Setting: Eastern Seaboard, Canada, Italy, England The Future
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: High-School/Young Adult, Middle School, Adults
Pages: 309


Three friends. One broken world. One chance to make it right.

She’s in the fight of her life. At stake is her family, the man she loves, and the freedom of the world.

Portia: Darius lied about their father, and defying her brother now might secure a much-needed overseas ally. But liberty for all could cost her the man she loves and any hope of reuniting her fractured family.

Luther: He devises a diplomatic distraction to buy Portia time for her international mission and him a chance to rescue his scientist-father, tricked into operating Felix’s labs. But will he lose them both anyway?

Gath: He survived the satellite explosions, only to encounter one of Felix’s plague initiatives. Somehow, he must recover and re-unify what’s left of their leadership team—and point them toward the light.

Restoring her broken family and her nation’s freedoms might be impossible, but Portia risks everything to try.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: The Revisionary, The Revolutionary

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An exciting conclusion to this trilogy

The cryptic warning read “Orbit to Sage: Pharaoh provoked ten plagues. We’ll defeat you with two. Find a Red Sea or brace yourself for Firstborn.”

I’ve been excited to read the conclusion to The Rogues trilogy. This dystopian adventure has been quite the ride!

Portia is quite the heroine. Thrust into terrifying situations, she holds tightly to her mission and perseveres. I love her loyalty to her friends and family, especially after she discovers that her brother had lied to her. Of course, this doesn’t mean she listens to his instructions – so what if he is the leader of their band of rogues. . .

I really enjoyed the ending of the set and appreciated that some of the details were left to the imagination as to how they worked out. There were hints as to what might have happened, yet they remained just that – hints.

The one thing that I disliked was the fact that this was written in present tense. While the chapters told by Portia actually worked well, being told in the first person, those about Luther and Gath were not first person and a little awkward. Don’t let this stop you, though. It was worth putting up with that choice the author made.

If you haven’t read the first two books in the trilogy, be sure to grab copies of them and then get a copy of this one.

About Kristen Hogrefe

Kristen Hogrefe is a life-long learner and award-winning author of young adult fiction. Her desire to think truthfully and live daringly inspires her real life and fictional adventures. She also has the heart of an educator and mentor. She teaches secondary language arts for Alpha Omega Academy, is a motivational speaker for graduations, and enjoys presenting at writer’s conferences. Currently, she serves as the president of an online writing chapter through Word Weavers International and teaches on the faculty of Serious Writer Academy. A Florida girl at heart, Kristen says yes to most activities involving sunshine.

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