Hundreds of years after a war that nearly destroyed the world, there is finally peace. What no one realizes is that every person on Earth is dead, void of any real emotions. One man, Rom, is thrust into the world of the living after being given a vial and ancient writings that hold the secret to true life. Just having possession of the vial puts him against Order and makes him a fugitive. He must uncover its secrets and find a way to stay alive.
I've been a fan of Ted Dekker for several years now, but this is the first novel I've read by Tosca Lee. There were moments when I felt like I could pick out Dekker's style, but for the most part this was a wonderful blending of two writers and I look forward to reading more of Lee's work. The Books of Mortals series promises to be intriguing and suspenseful as well as emotional, which is more than understandable given what the story is about. Characters are always very important for me and this novel has great ones. Real and relatable. As in Dekker's previous works, there is symbolism to be seen here. I found that some things could be taken a couple of different ways (symbolically) and I can't wait for the next two novels to help me straighten that out in my mind. Symbolism aside, the story is straight-forward; suspenseful and unpredictable, but not confusing. Dekker and Lee have created a wonderful new world and I can't wait to go there again.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes from Center Street.
Forbidden is a heart wrenching, adrenaline pumping, mind opening story of life, death, and true emotion. If you want to know the setting watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yXgkNP889E
Being an avid Ted Dekker reader I am prone to have a more fanatical view of the book than other readers, but thankfully that is possible. Thankfully we live in a world of love, pain and emotion. Those in the book Forbidden do not have that luxury. I give this book 5 stars in every area because I love it, and because even if you don't like reading it I'm sure you will still be exposed to the truth and value of full emotion and being fully human. Fully MORTAL!