I knew to expect that a Dekker book was kind of on the weird side. But sorry Dekker went too far on this. It contains way too much unnecessary graphic violence. Our 15 year old and I were reading at the same time. I was a little ahead of him, and I came to the point where I told our son no more. And he did tell me he was caught up in it, but understood why we wanted him to drop it.
Our son attends a Christian school and after I spoke to the librarian about my concerns for this book she said she would take some time to review it. As it turns out there were some others who questioned it. I am happy to say the book has been removed from the shelf of our school. Kids get enough violence just by being here on this earth. Why would we deliberately shove more in their precious minds? Let us not wrap the millstone around our own necks.
I was first introduced to Dekker through the original Circle trilogy which I must say I enjoyed immensely. I had afterward read a few of his more recent books and was disappointed with the amount of violence and overall "darkness" but despite that I was thrilled to learn Dekker was expanding the trilogy. So I ran out to purchase Green when it was released and began it soon after. I immediately noticed a change in Dekker's writing style (which was welcome) but also a change in the heart of this series. The book was quite graphic. I understand Dekker's love of symbolism with the use of blood but this was a bit much. Though I did enjoy the tie-in of bringing the story full circle, I felt it lacked the redeeming factor of love that the original trilogy had. I feel that with Green, as with his other more recent titles, Dekker is more interested in appealing to his secular demographic (in the name of "outreach") than creating books that glorify God through beautiful expressions of His love for us. And really, isn't that why we loved the Circle trilogy in the first place?
I found this book to be a perfect way to bring the Circle trilogy "full circle" (pun slightly intended). I'm a huge Dekker fan and when I heard this book was coming out it went right onto my CBD wish list. A must read for all Circle lovers!
I found this book to be a good read but not on par with the first (last) three. It does bring the Thomas Hunter thing full circle. I did identify with the doubts of the Circle and was convicted when reading about Samuel. I was rather disappointed with the ending.