Monday, July 16, 2012

Review: Forbidden

Forbidden by Ted Dekker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I ordered this book on pre-order and could not wait for it to come in. Alas, when it did I had several other books sitting on my nightstand waiting to be read (not to mention a semester of school work). Reading Forbidden was put off until about a month or so ago.

I am unsure if my expectations were so high that the beginning chapters of Forbidden dragged a little slow or if they really did take a little work seducing me into the story. I am the first to admit that I have been insanely busy and have possessive kitties that want my time and discourage reading, so it was not completely the book’s fault.

The story is based around a new world order where a virus or genetic alteration has occurred and the only emotion left is fear. There is a “Order” that is religious in nature that everybody has to follow or the government is going to come after you. In the midst of all of this an old man is running from the Citadel guard and meets Rom. He tells Rom he knew his father and his father didn’t die but was killed and it was because of this package and he was part of this group called the Keepers. The old man tells Rom he must take the package and find somebody else. Before Rom can get much more information the guard finds them and capture the man. They kill him in front of Rom and then start chasing Rom.

From there on the story just gets better and better. There is death, life and love. Did I mention there is also a creepy evil guy that wants to be ruler of the world and he is willing to do anything to get there? Perhaps even kill his entire family?

Needless to say, even though the book is less than 400 pages and it still took me a month to read it. I highly suggest you check out Forbidden if you are a fan of Ted Dekker. Or if you like the darker side of fantasy or sci-fi. If you look for it, you can find Christian themes. That is after all, Dekker’s style. And for fans of the Circle series, there is a connection.

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