I had very much enjoyed reading Black, Red, and White but wasn't sure if I even wanted to read Green. Curiosity got the better me, and I bought the book. Just like the reviews I read, I found it to be one of those books that you just cannot put down. Not until the ending did I realize how the whole story came full circle; and you really can either start or end with Green. Read this book!
I'm being totally honest with you when I say that I couldn't finish this book. Sorry to say that, but it's probably because I can't really get into Christian fiction. I'm not much for fantasy type novels and this felt very "fantasy-like" to me. If that's the type of book you dig then I'm sure it would be a page-turner for you but it didn't do that for me. I really hate to give a negative review to a book that I'm sure plenty of people enjoyed but in all honesty it failed to keep me interested.
***Spoilers***I'll admit that this book ticked me off when i first read it. Here it was, the book that was supposed to end the monstrosity that is the book of history chronicles that has spanned over dozens of books and it ended with the reader starting back up at the very beginning. Fine, this is after all the Circle...Cycle? The fact of the matter is that it did not bring it to an ultimate conclusion. Billy is now on a collision course for becoming the Antichrist and engaging in an ultimate battle with Johnny, Janae is MIA, and that's saying nothing of the fact that no matter way the wheel spins, Samuel is six feet under. So why did i give this a high rating? Because i'm convinced that this isn't the end any more than it really was a beginning. I believe Ted is drawing us closer to a final battle that is going to rock all of our socks off. I also found the novel to stand well on it's own merits. I thought the whole vampires angle was jumping on the band wagon. I also felt that as far as being a book to start off a series, it was a bit of a dud. The chronicles are to interdependent for that. Case in point, i've only read the first two books of the young adult series, so i got the gist of the whole plot device, but i had no idea how they reached that point, or for that matter, how billos descended to that point, so that part me downright befuddled.On a final note to the people who are complaining about how this novel was to dark or graphic or evil, enough already. People have been on Ted's case since When Heaven Weeps about how his novels are to dark. They aren't. Nor are they to light. They depict evil in it's raw form and it's not a pretty sight. It's not meant to be. It's meant to disgust us and want to throw the novel down, but at some point or another, we're meant to take the novel back up and keep reading and in the end want to laugh and cry because somehow this bizaare book resonated with us in ways we can't understand.
Green is a good versus evil story written by Christian fantasy writer Ted Dekker. Green is the fourth novel written in the Circle Series - although it is Book 0 - the beginning.and the end.The Circle Series is written in the round, meaning that it is the first in the series for those who have not yet read the books Black, Red and White or it is the final book for those who have. The story is said to work either way - like a circle.A series of books in the round is what intrigued me about Green. How did it all fit?Normally I enjoy a good suspense book but this one took me by surprise. The good versus evil theme was obvious throughout but as a book written by a Christian author, I expected more obvious references to the Bible and biblical teachings. I would be interested in knowing what Mr. Dekker used for reference and inspiration for writing this book and if there are any parallels to the Bible.As an avid reader, I can normally get through a book in a handful of days. This one took a few weeks. I admit, the first 2/3 of the book were a bit of a struggle as I wrestled with the mysticism that this book portrays. It seemed contrary to any biblical teachings I know. But then I thought about classics like the Narnia series and asked myself "what is the difference with the mysticism written that series?"I found myself being drawn in the Mr. Dekker's writing in the final third of the book as the two sides (good and evil) reached there final climax in a battle that represented Armageddon. The battle was exciting to read although may be too gory for those not expecting it.
The Circle...it does not have an end. It does not have a beginning.But for Thomas Hunter, it feels like it will be broken. The fellowship he has enjoyed with those who also love his Elyon is tearing about - and his son is the cause. Questions are raised. Contests are challenged. Doubts assail. He must keep the Circle together, but at what cost? Will he have to sacrifice his son? The world in which he lives? Or the world in which he came from? Enemies threaten him on every side. He doesn't know which way to turn. But he knows whom he must trust. Elyon. Surely his God will be gracious - and victorious.Green is my introduction to the Circle series - and a Circle it is. I found the book confusing. It played with my mind. I couldn't find the lines between reality and...reality? While Mr. Dekker can truly spin a story, I did not enjoy the confusion I often had over the fine line between the two worlds he has created. But I did appreciate the reminder of what a unique creation the circle is no beginning and no end, just like its Creator.I'm a member of the Thomas Nelson's Book Review Blogger program: http://brb.thomasnelson.com/