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The Black Heart of the Station, Storey tells the story of a troubled teenager who finds his redemption in faith and, in the process, discovers salvation for the inhabitants in his dystopian world.
Josh Driscoll lives in a subterranean community called the Station that sits beneath the surface of an otherwise frozen, lifeless planet. Some three hundred years before, a great cataclysm destroyed much of the Station and its inhabitants. In the centuries since, life underground has been little more than a struggle for survival, overseen by an authoritarian governing board. None of the descendants of the few survivors remembers the reason the Station was originally built.
Due to his rebelliousness, Josh is forced become a novice monk at the Station's only monastery, Saint Carmine’s. The teenager initially rebels against the monastic life, but eventually begins to feel Saint Carmine's and its monks and novices are the only home and friends he's ever had.
Josh becomes an expert in the scripture and the history of his religion, including the Black Heart, an apparently unused portion of the station left from before the cataclysm, that he comes to believe is the Station's only route to salvation. When he learns the government plans to dismantle the Black Heart, Josh again rebels, risking his freedom and his life to convince the Station's residents they need to save the Black Heart to save themselves.
The Black Heart of the Station is a story of faith and belief. Like prophets of old, Josh—who gains a following of believers who call him "the Messenger"—endures harassment, imprisonment, and physical abuse at the hands of the governing officials. Nevertheless, Josh's enduring belief continues to guide him to the truth.
Though described as a young adult novel, The Black Heart of the Station is a book to be enjoyed by all ages.
The rescue comes from the unlikely source of a teenager who is sent to live in exile with a group of maligned monks. From their writings he learns hints of past civilization and a possible path back to what once was. He becomes an unwilling Christ-like figure and the messenger of the future. The story kept me reading to the end.
I've read and loved all of Storey's books so far, but this is definitely my favorite. Josh Driscoll is a likable lad, but life keeps throwing him one problem after another. Unlike so many writers of YA dystopian novels, Storey is a master not only at spinning a great yarn, but also of characterization. People are not always what they seem!
An excellent, satisfying read. I look forward to reading more of Jay Allan Storey’s novels.
Josh Driscoll was born into a society entombed deep beneath the Earth's core, with a rebel's heart.
When he was a young boy, his dying grandfather told him the truth of his world: "All this was supposed to be temporary."
At 15, Josh breaks the cardinal rules of the station, unlawfully borrowing a protective suit to ride the elevator to the outside, supported by his tech genius friend Matt. He sees the stars for the first time, and begins to understand the reality of his world.
His crime is not without consequences.
His father, a powerful leader, arranges Josh to serve his punishment at Saint Carmine's monastery. There Josh evolves into a young man with a quest for knowledge, and a surprising faith.
But when your world has chosen to stay in the dark, knowledge is dangerous. The scriptures he read revolve around the black heart of the station. The more he learns, the more he speaks out. In a world on the brink, the wayward boy becomes the Messenger, pushing past the obstacles to unearth the secrets locked in the black heart of the station, at his own peril.
This extremely readable novel has a geek-factor that will appeal to anyone who loves technology, believes in the power of knowledge and likes to figure things out. A great read for adventurous young minds. Who wouldn't, like Josh, want to see the stars?
There is tragedy, action, joy, hope loss, and learning.
This story is an action packed ride which evokes emotional responses and paints vivid characters.
Overall, a fun read.