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I must admit up front, I am not a fan of this type of literature. I find it difficult to read a true biblical story draped in new robes. And yet, I was drawn into the conflict by the courage of Gilla, Elias, Mirami, Than, Menali and their friends. Their struggle against abuse and slavery, and the life forced on them, touched my heart and my empathy rose, leading me to continue turning pages. There were enough twists to the story to make it feel fresh, especially the added dimensions of the growing attraction between Than and Menali, the futuristic feel of space travel and technology, and the Esarelians as an alien race. I especially liked the way the story was drawn to a satisfying end and yet offered a hint of coming trouble.
I did have a problem keeping names/titles straight for the Esarelians, and the names Menali and Mirami were too much alike for major characters. I needed to go back several times to make certain I remembered who was who before I finally got them straight in my mind.
All in all, this was a good read, well written and enjoyable. I recommend it especially for those readers who like retellings.
Based on the story of Moses in Exodus of the Bible, Courage is a science fiction novel that captures the strength of a family even amidst the worst conditions. It is emotional, gripping, creative, and visibly related to the story so many of us heard as children at Church.
All of the main characters are exquisitely developed in how they act and react to their circumstances; their feelings and emotions are breathtaking during the proper moments; and the story flowed very well, without any holes to leave the reader disappointed.
I did find the beginning to get off to a slow start and caught myself skimming many pages of the opening chapters in anticipation of the action that I knew was coming. But looking back at those first chapters, I see that they were building understanding to how this foreign world worked so that once the action started, we could throw all of our energy into rooting for our favorite characters. Thus in the end, I was actually thankful for the world building to be presented at the beginning, rather than throughout the story, because it made the rest of the novel so much more enjoyable.
I do feel the need to mention that I find the action somewhere between “mild” and “graphic” during some scenes. So readers who are not fond of high action may not find this book enjoyable.
The only thing that put a slight damper on the story, was the Esarelian character’s names. A few of the enemy characters had chapters from their point of view and with so many odd and unfamiliar names to try to remember, I found it a little difficult to differentiate whose point of view we were following. But this wasn’t anything major and eventually I got it 🙂
Overall, I am immensely pleased to have found a clean, Christian, science fiction novel that did not “dumb down” the action or create helpless or silly characters. I give it 5 out of 5 stars!
I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.
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