Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Green by Ted Dekker

Thomas Nelson Publisher

In the tradition of spiritual fantasy fiction such as Lewis’ Science Fiction Trilogy, comes a story of the far future connected to the near future by a man named Thomas Hunter. It is the story of an apocalyptic world inhabited by diseased humanity, truly evil monsters, and a small band of normal humans holding to their community and beliefs against great odds.

This book claims to be something rare or perhaps unheard of in literature: part of a true cycle. This volume is part four or, if you prefer, part one. This review is coming from the perspective of Green as the beginning.

Dekker successfully creates a world that is strange and yet accessible—even to someone unfamiliar with the previous books. However, unlike some other fantasy novelists, he doesn’t create a world where one would like to live or even spend a lot of time. It is a testament to his writing ability that the reader does spend so much time there, in fact. Part of the actual appeal of the novel is the effective way he communicates spiritual concepts in an effective symbolism. Issues important to the Christian church today are presented in subtle (and some not so subtle) ways.

As to the high concept beginning/ending nature of the book? To be honest it leaves a little to be desired. Maybe it is more fulfilling to someone who is reading Green after Black, Red and White.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Book Review Blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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