Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee - REVIEWED

About the Book: (from the publisher)

New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker teams with Tosca Lee to create this gripping thriller set in a desolate future.

A terrible truth has been revealed to one man: the entire human race has been drained of every emotion except one-- fear. To bring life back to the world, Rom must embark on a journey that will end either in his own demise or a reawkening of humanity. But to bring love and passion back into existence will also threaten the powers of the world with the revolution and anarchy that had nearly destroyed them previously.

After happening upon a journal through strange circumstance, Rom's world is shattered. He learns that humanity long ago ceased to "live," that it exists today in a living death of emotions. In a terrible risk, Rom exposes himself to the vial of blood folded into the old leather of the journal. His change is fearful and fraught with mind-bending emotion. A once-pious observer of the Order's passionless statues, he is filled with uncontrollable impulses. He is filled with love.

He is undone, terrified, and alone in the desolate world.

A Review by my 17-year-old son:

The world is now under one power, called the Order, which rules with the last remaining emotion on earth. That emotion is fear, all other have been stripped away by a gene altering poison that basically strips away our humanity. In this world of emotionless people we find Rom, an artisan, who stumbles into possession of a vial of blood that restores your emotions. Rom now is charged with the task of restoring emotion to a world where emotions are considered to be an illness.

Forbidden is a fast paced adventure that has a lot of parallels with the Bible. For example the blood in the vial brings you back to life just like Jesus’ blood gives life. The man people refer to as the book knows everything about the blood and is kind of like a human Bible. Last but not least, the boy who is born with emotions and is supposed to bring life to the world is like Jesus when He was on this earth.

I enjoyed Forbidden and thought it was a well written book. The plot was like a movie and the Bible mixed together. The book was a fast and enjoyable read and I’m looking forward to the next one.

About the Authors:

TED DEKKER is a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels with a total of more than 3 million books in print. He is known for thrillers that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil.

Tosca Lee is the author of the critically acclaimed DEMON: A MEMOIR--a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Silver Award winner, ACFW Book of the Year second-place winner, and Christy award finalist--and HAVAH: THE STORY OF EVE, which received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, 4.5 stars from Romantic Times, and was named a ChristianFictionReviews.com top pick of 2008. Her highly-anticipated third novel, ISCARIOT, is due soon.

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