I loved the Circle Trilogy so much I assumed I would enjoy Green also. But in truth, not so much. There were parts of the that actually made me feel sick to the stomach. I soldiered on with it but unlike the Trilogy which left me feeling homesick for the characters in the book, when I finished Green I was relieved.
A very fast, entertaining read! Dekker paints vivid pictures of love, glory and evil in this book. I have read the Black, Red and White books first, and I feel Green was a good choice to save for last.
[Note: Thomas Nelson sent me a free copy of this book for the sole purpose of providing an accurate and unbiased review.]In 2004, Ted Dekker completed an unusual feat when he released Black, Red, and White. The tag line was Three novels. Two Worlds. One story. The Circle Trilogy, as it came to be known as, cemented Dekker as my favorite author. Now, hes pushed the boundaries again. While Black, Red, and White really ought to be read in that order, Dekker wrote Green to function as Book Zero, turning the Circle Trilogy into a real circle.From Thomas Nelsons site: Green brings full meaning to the Circle Series as a whole, reading as both prequel to Black and sequel to White, completing a full circle. This is Book Zero, the Circle Reborn, both the beginning and the end. The preferred starting point for new readers and the perfect climax for the countless fans whove experienced Black, Red, and White.Does he pull it off? How well does Green work as the linchpin for this series? Your answer to that will depend on how much you want things to make sense. I was constantly checking new information against what I remember from reading the Circle Trilogy as well as Showdown and Saint (from the spin-off Paradise series). There are more books (the six-volume Lost Books series and Sinner) that, as I understand it, would really help someone get the full appreciation of the story. Or maybe if Green was your very first foray into this literary universe that would be better, too.I recommend you make it an all-or-nothing experience. In my opinion, it doesnt work well as an in-between type of novel. Otherwise, you know enough for certain details to make sense but not enough to grasp the whole story.
The first books I ever read by Ted Dekker were the "Circle" trilogy, loved them. I started reading more of his books and noticed a disturbing trend which has magnified intensely with "Green".A talented author, Dekker's writing is growing darker, more graphic and more blood driven with every new work he puts out. When I heard someone refer to him as a "Christian version of Stephen King" alarms sounded. Can there be such a thing? Walking away from this book and this author. Something I should have done several books ago. Ephesians 4 is ringing through my mind."I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me." Psalm 101:3"Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?" 2 Corinthians 6:14"The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light." Romans 13:12"For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light." Ephesians 5:8"I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." John 12:46