Listened to the book on a road trip this past weekend. Holy moly!! Heart pounding, sweaty palms, multiple WTF moments. This audio book just made my weekend and my long car drive was one of the most memorable.
This was a really good read. I found it quite compelling and it made sense when viewed through an open mind.
I’m going to be honest, I wasn’t sure that I’d be able to finish this book. I was wrong, so happily so. It wasn’t until I was approximately 15% through that the story finally gripped me, when it did I missed a night’s sleep to finish it. There were a few things that I guessed at and was correct about the plot and others that caught me utterly unaware. I would happily recommend this novel!
I am floored by the book and the narrator. It changed my perspective on so many things over and over as i listened. Binge listened the whole thing - 8+ hours - through the night and then had to go to work right after. I am still processing what i just experienced. One of my favorite audio books. no doubt about that!
my biggest qualm with this book: it’s goal is to debunk faith and religion. So, I’m not letting this affect my overall rating of this book, because it is a work of fiction. I think if I were to take this book literally, then it’d be the worst possible rating I could give, as it tries to undermine the validity and importance religion--specifically Christianity--has in the world today. Not to mention, the importance it has to millions, if not billions of individuals. As a Christian, it’s infuriating to read a book that tries to do this sort of thing and give it a skewed name. However, as I stated before, this is fiction--imagination at play. I’m not here to just rant about this, so I’ll set this argument aside for the most part. A point that aligns with this idea of religion that does need addressing is the idea of morality. In a situation like this where there is essentially no such thing as religion, where, pray tell me, do morals stem from? It could be so simple for these characters to tip the scales to the negative and use it for their purpose and advantage (as some have in the past) solely.
It’s hard to foresee where this story will go as it will eventually be a trilogy. As things like time travel and exploration of other worlds has been referenced, the options are literally endless. I think the idea behind this story is creative, and definitely took a lot of time to cultivate.