Vestige (Vestige, #1)

Rated 4.25/5 based on 14 reviews
The Rapture has begun, and seventeen-year-old Micah has been left behind. His mother tried to prepare him for the Apocalypse, but she disappeared without telling him about the family legacy, his legacy. And as civilization slips into chaos and the line between dreams and reality blurs, Micah must uncover his mother’s secret before the souls of humanity are lost forever. More
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About Deb Hanrahan

Deb Hanrahan lives with her husband and three kids in the Chicagoland burbs. When she is not writing, reading about writing, talking about writing, or thinking about writing, Deb spends her time taking care of her family and home. She has penned several young adult novels, including Changing My Wardrobe and the Vestige Series.

For more information, check out her website at http://www.debhanrahan.com

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Review by: Marilyn Velez on March 22, 2013 : (no rating)
I received this book as part of a LibraryThing Memeber Giveaway. I have always enjoyed reading novels about the end times, and I have also liked reading the young adult genre has there have been some really good fiction coming out of it. This book is young adult fiction about the end times, which I thought was an interesting take on the genre, since the rapture was seen through the eyes of teenagers. I thought the idea of one of the characters being a descendant of a fallen angel added an interesting perspective to the tale. The development of the characters I thought was a little slow. I almost quit reading the book because I couldn't relate to any of the characters as they all seemed very shallow and uninteresting. I did stick with it though, and the characters' personalities did develop over the story. I also felt the plot moved slowly. There is going to be a sequel, and at times I felt the plot was dragged out in order so there will be enough material to write a sequel. I felt that either the author should have added another subplot to the book to keep the action going a little bit stronger, or the story should have be told completely in one book. That being said, however, I did like the premise well enough that I do want to read the second book to see how the plot and characters develop.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Donna Lawrence on Sep. 03, 2012 :
A very quick read. I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one.

The rapture is a subject that fascinates me. This book is a work of fiction, it will not change anyone's religious beliefs and I don't think it could possibly offend anyone's beliefs. It is simply a dark fictional account of the rapture and it's aftereffects.

The characters are strong. I was able to relate somewhat with each one of them. Micah is definitely my favorite.


The book ends with a cliff hanger, be on the lookout for book two.

I received this book from the author for an honest review
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Crystal Hutchinson on Sep. 02, 2012 :
To be continued!!! I guess there will be the other half of the book coming out to conclude this book. Imagine taking the Left Behind Series and Stephen King's book "The Stand" and melding it into Vestige. I enjoyed the characters immensely. Especially the shift of narration between characters to glean the best idea of what is happening. Good book, I will definitely be on the look-out for the other half of the book!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ellen Mitchell on Aug. 31, 2012 :
This was a good story, with good charactors. I especially enjoyed the empowerment that Micah enjoyed. His mom may have seemed odd to some, but she was preparing her children for a future without her.

I too was a bit miffed at its sudden end.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lucinda Clark on Aug. 28, 2012 :
I loved this story! I got a little miffed that it ended so suddenly and I could not get the second book right away. It was frightening because I could see how what was being portrayed could be happening right now!
The way Ms. Hanrahan deals with each character's dual nature is pretty clever. Please hurry and get the ending to us!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Beth M on Aug. 25, 2012 :
I've never seen the End Times portrayed like this before. It seemed to be a Roman Catholic perspective. I thought the idea of fallen angels redeeming themselves through their children rather fantastic along with the idea that those who don't take the mark turn into a kind of undead. Quite imaginative and an interesting twist! I would have enjoyed it more if it hadn't ended with "To Be Continued . . . " That's ok with a serialized story or a TV show, but to have to wait a year or more for the next book to come out? Not sure I will be interested by then.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jeani Allen on Aug. 23, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this book! In fact the closer I got to the end I suddenly realized that it wasn't going to end there! Sure enough it is to be continued. I can't wait for that! The characters are developed and the story line , while different, will certainly hold your attention!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: John Garner on Aug. 20, 2012 :
I found this book to have plenty of action and a plot spooky enough to keep your attention and give you a few chills. Written in the style of Ted Dekker, it is a story of good versus evil--where the enemy is sometimes too intangible to be battled head on.

The story is told mainly from teenagers' perspectives on the strange disappearances and events that suddenly begin to unfold; the end of life as they once knew it. Micah comes from a family of serious survivalists who keep themselves prepared for the breakdown of society. He is somewhat ashamed of their extreme views and worried what his school friends would think if they found out; he just wants a normal life with normal people. But when people begin disappearing and no one can find the answers, Micah must fall back on his mother's teachings and a few new friends just to survive, and maybe even save humanity in the process.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: sistahanime on Aug. 19, 2012 :
I read this book and I love it. My rule of thumb is that if you can hold my attention from the first chapter you may just get it till the end. This book not only grabbed my attention but dragged me all the way to the end.

I don't want to give out too much information and ruin the book so I'll try to keep thing vague so you can enjoy it.

It's basically focused around two teens and the people around them have gone missing. I can't say why without ruining the book but as you read the pieces slowly start to fit into place. Each action and every introduction of another character in this book is relevant. So it's one huge guessing game of who is this person and is their role good or bad for the main characters.

Trust me this book will absorb you into this world and keep you wanting more. Literally. From how it ends...I am sure from the others review you figure out it ends on a cliffhanger. All i know is that I will be in line for a digital copy.

Highly recommend it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: deborah blanchard on Aug. 19, 2012 :
This was a really good book for young adults on up. If you believe in good and evil, God and the Devil, this book will amaze you. It deals with a teenager , Micha, finding out that it is his job to rid the world of the antichrist. The characters were well developed and you find yourself feeling what they are feeling. the only down side would be it kind of leaves you dying at the end when you find out the story is to be continued in Deb's sequel to "Vestige". I, personally, cannot wait for the next part of this story. Wonderful story , filled with wonderful characters. Great job, Deb! I would highly recommend this book to everyone , no matter what your favorite genre is. It will be well worth your time. Quick read, short novella.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Michaela Jans on Aug. 06, 2012 :
A fine read indeed for adults and youngsters alike. Though the themes are not original (disappearing of most of population, battle Good-Evil), the storyline is intriguing and the characters are attaching. Micha and Clarke only begin to discover their destiny in Vestige, so i look forward to the sequel.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Gill Woodard on Aug. 05, 2012 :
Vestige by Deb Hanrahan was a bit of a surprise. When i first started ready I understand the plot straight away basic Satin / anti Christ savior needed, but the author has brought this story up to date with embedded the evil in government and the savor a teenage boy they don't really believe or want to do anything.
I really enjoyed this book and has defiantly left awaiting the second installment. I very enjoyable read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Gill Woodard on Aug. 05, 2012 : (no rating)
Vestige by Deb Hanrahan was a bit of a surprise. When i first started ready I understand the plot straight away basic Satin / anti Christ savior needed, but the author has brought this story up to date with embedded the evil in government and the savor a teenage boy they don't really believe or want to do anything.
I really enjoyed this book and has defiantly left awaiting the second installment. I very enjoyable read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nichole Waggoner on July 29, 2012 :
I made the mistake of beginning to read this book as soon as I received it-which happened to be before work. It hooked me pretty quick, and I was almost late for work! I finished it as soon as I got home, and I'm definitely left wanting more-in a good way. The writing seems solid, the plot easy to follow but not boring. I'm looking forward to getting my eyes on the continuation.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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