The world is no longer as we once knew it. After an apocalyptic experience, the world seems to have lost that sense of impending doom…. all that is left in a civilization of people who live in peace and fear…. can you have both?
The people left on earth seem to believe so… but really who are these people who are left other than the walking dead… merely shells of what people once were…
Many years have passed since civilization’s brush with apocalypse. The world’s greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace… and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for centuries: Every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity.
Then a young man comes across a vial of blood with a coded message that he does not understand. Yet when he drinks the blood (mmmm hmmmm… bear with me here) it seems to lead to real life returning all the human emotions that have long been gone! The sensation is exhilarating!
… but will it also resurrect the old feelings of hate and greed?
Ted Dekker is a New York Times best-selling author best known for mystery and thriller novels, though he has also made a name for himself among fantasy fans. Early in his career he wrote a number of books that would best be categorized as Religious thrillers. His later works are a mix of mainstream novels such as Thr3e, Obsessed, Skin, Adam, and BoneMan’s Daughters; and fantasy thrillers that metaphorically explore redemptive history. Best known among these are his Circle Series (Black, Red, White, Green), The Lost Books (Chosen, Infidel, Renegade, Chaos, Lunatic, Elyon), and The Paradise Books (Showdown, Saint, and Sinner), as well as House (with Frank Peretti). One of Dekker’s most notable works is his mega-series, the Books of History Chronicles.
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In recent years I have had a love/hate relationship with Ted Dekker. The first books I ever read by him were Blessed Child and A Man Called Blessed… both books took my breath away. Since then I have found some of his books to be good, others to be a bit confusing, and some just downright… WHA?
Which brings me to FORBIDDEN. You have to hand it to Dekker, he does know how to strike where the iron is hot and dystopian style reads are a big draw and honestly, I think a great genre to touch on for a Christian fiction author…
the question is… does Dekker deliver?
I did like the pace of the read. Within a few pages you have a firm understanding of what has happened to the world.
Fear is a big component of FORBIDDEN and while in this read scientists had figured out how to eliminate the need of human emotion, oddly they never could figure out how to dispose of fear… which in its own self is rather interesting when you think about it and rather smart of Dekker to layout the book this way.
Fear plays a huge role in our current world and while some are devoured by the overpowering fear of the unknown, others in today’s society seem to live on it like adrenaline junkies… waiting for the next big tragedy so they can feel alive…
In the end, I have to say I appreciated what Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee built here in this first book in a series. I found the message of “blood giving life” to be deeply symbolic of the blood of Christ bringing each of us life.
I would recommend this book to not only those who enjoy Christian fiction, but also Dystopia, thrillers,and sci fi.
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This book was read as part of the Faith N Fiction Group