Forbidden (The Book of Mortals)
by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Center Street (September 13, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599953544
- ISBN-13: 978-1599953540
My Rating: 4.75
New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker teams with Tosca Lee to create this gripping thriller set in a desolate future.Review: This is a wonderfully gripping read - truly entertaining.
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.
Fleeing pursuit, with only moments to live, a young man named Rom stumbles into possession of a vial of blood and a piece of cryptic writing. When consumed, the blood will bring him back to life. When decoded, the message will lead him on a perilous journey that will require him to abandon everything he has ever known and awaken humanity to the transforming power of true life and love.
But the blood will also resurrect hatred, ambition, and greed.
Set in a terrifying, medieval future, where grim pageantry masks death, this tale of dark desires and staggering stakes peels back the layers of the heart for all who dare to take the ride.
This medieval-type world is full of the living dead...at least they are dead emotionally. About four hundred years ago civilization was destroyed by war. One of the scientists of that day, the alchemists, decided the best way to control society was to eliminate all emotions except for fear. Fear could be used to control people so there would be a world of peace. They set loose an emotion killing virus and established The Order, the peaceful society with royal families, guards, artisans and slaves, all governed by rules and traditions and controlled by fear. Anyone who has a defect or illness is sent to a Wellness Center and never returns. Anyone who disobeys the rules is turned in by others who fear punishment and death.
Rom comes upon an elderly man running from the elite Citadel Guards. The man claims he is a Keeper and that Rom’s own father said that Rom could be trusted. The man thrusts a bundle to Rom and tells him to find The Keeper known as The Book. Rom watches the guards slaughter the man, then he runs with the bundle. He discovers that the bundle contains a vial of blood and a message regarding ‘true life’.
Rom and three select friends go into hiding. Trying to understand what the blood is about, they each drink a portion and begin to experience the myriad of human emotions that had been lost. They discover laughter, wonder, anguish and pain. They begin to realize that with no emotion there is no love; without suffering there is no real pleasure; without tears there is no joy... there is no longing and no hope. Rom and his companions find themselves “[O]ut of Order, fully human...”
A new royal Sovereign, Feyn, is about to be inaugurated. Her older brother, Saric, is being fed a blood mixture by The Alchemists who seek power and control. Saric is full of anger, greed, ambition and obsession. He plots against his father, the current Sovereign, and against Feyn.
Now the ‘true life’ of mankind is in the hands of Rom's band of rebels, including a cripple boy, Jonathan. Although it seems impossible, Jonathan must become Sovereign to bring life back to people.
I caught the excitement and tension of the story from the beginning and the intensity continued to the end. The story is not necessarily religious but I really liked the Christian allegories that I perceived: there is betrayal, a procession to royalty, a sacrifice, a promised savior, evil v. good, a need to believe by faith and circumstances working together to bring hope to a dead people.
I hope the next book in the series comes soon!
(I have not read The Circle trilogy but I will have to look into that.)
Thank you to Sarah at Center Street for this book to review.
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