The second book in the Restoration Series by Terri Blackstock, Night Light, again focuses on the Branning family during an earth wide technology outage. This book picks up where the first book, Last Light, leaves off.
The Brannings have a new adventure on their hands as they take in a family of four children who were caught stealing from them. Their mother is missing and the kids are living in filth in an apartment. The suspense of the story is what happened to their mother and what is Aaron, the oldest boy, hiding.
As this is going on, the government is coming to the rescue. Everyone's beloved FEMA is on the case. FEMA has set up a time to distribute $25 to each person. It's so they can have something to live off of for three months until the next disbursement. Aaron believes The Brannings only want them for their money. Other people, like a neighbor, only want Aaron and his siblings for the money.
There is more on Deni's relationship with her fiance, Craig. I won't tell what happens, but it is pretty major.
The story was very interesting. I don't think it was the best written story, but it was suspenseful. It held me until the end. I wanted everything answered and it was, whether it was a final answer or not, it was for the story. I don't think it was as good as Last Light, but I still enjoyed it. I don't like how the explanation for the outage appears at the beginning. It takes some of the mystery out of it. It's nothing too strange, I don't think, and it is a good explanation. It means no one knows when things are going to get back to normal or if w hat is going in is the new normal. Definitely a Christian novel.
I give it 3/5 stars and I read it for pure pleasure.
Side Note: Last Light was released a few weeks after Hurricane Katrina. The author dealt with power outages among other things caused by the hurricane. She says it was sort of like what went on in her story. This is where the disdain for FEMA in the second novel comes from.