Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Book Review: Green by Ted Dekker

This was my first Ted Dekker novel and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. A few of my friends love his books and can’t wait for the next one so I was eager to read one of his books.

Green completes the circle of books by Dekker and is considered “the beginning and the end.” Green is an intense novel that takes place in two realms of existence; the present and the future.

In this book, an apocalypse destroyed the world in the 21st century and 2,000 years later, Elyon, created a new Adam, but gave him the advantage of seeing what had been previously unseen. Thomas Hunter fell asleep today and awoke in the future and was devastated by the ruin. He was determined to fight evil until his last breath. He never dreamed that his own son would join with the dark forces to help wage the final war. Somehow, Thomas Hunter must figure out how to save them all.

I need to first clarify that I generally do not like science fiction/fantasy books. This book is not a quick read, by any means, and is complicated with many characters in different realms. I really wasn’t that into the book in the beginning for various reasons and did not devote much time to reading it initially. Because of this, I think it was a little harder to follow as I didn’t remember all the characters and had to page back. I think, also, that I was looking for more meaning in everything I read, instead of just reading and enjoying it. However, by the end, I found myself wanting to know what was going to happen next. There was a very surprising twist that I did not expect towards the end of the story. In fact, I am now considering reading the other novels in the circle (Black, Red and White) to gain a better understanding of Green. Even though Green is considered the "beginning" and the "end," I suspect that I would have enjoyed it much more had I read the other books first.

I received a copy of Green from Thomas Nelson publishing for the purpose of giving my honest opinion. I did not receive any monetary or other compensation for this review.

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