- Series: Firmament
- Paperback: 266 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 27, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1492993433
- ISBN-13: 978-1492993438
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,593,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Firmament: In His Image (Volume 2) Paperback – October 27, 2013
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Usually, the existence of alien life is the one area where I'll give science fiction a pass (even though I'm in full agreement with the theological arguments against it). I'd never imagined an author would be able to write a compelling story about life on other planets while tackling the theological implications head-on. Fantastic work!
I also really liked the deeper glimpses into Crash's character. There's a lot more backstory still to be uncovered, but I'm definitely much more sympathetic toward him than I was in the first book. And his banter with Andi was spot-on; they may not be actual siblings, but they sure act like it!
Can't wait to get to the next one!
Andi and her adoptive father work the sickbay on board a space craft that searches for extra-terrestrial life. As Christians, neither Andi, her dad, or her cousin Crash believe in such a thing. After all, people are uniquely created in the image of God. Right? When the team experiences a rocky landing on an exploratory trip to a new planet, all of them are shocked to find themselves pulled into a colony of people. How did the civilization get there? Are they aliens or humans? And what should the crew of the Surveyor do about them?
The characterization in this books was fantastic. I could sense Andi being stretched and growing as a person. Elasson came to life even though he had limited dialogue due to speaking a different language. And there were some tantalizing hints dropped about Crash's past. Plus some pretty neat developments with August.
For those of you conservative readers who might raise your eyebrows at the fictional discovery of extra-terrestrial life, it's handled well, promise. A totally Biblical worldview and explanation mixed with an author's favorite "what-if" question. ;) Give it a try.
I'm not sure if I quite buy the twist but it was fun. The culture was neat, the new characters were all interesting, and I really hope they get to go back to the planet and see Elasson again. :)
I'm really enjoying this series so far. I definitely recommend for anyone looking for a great sci-fi book written from a Christian perspective. They've been great so far!
This is a sadder book that the first one, but it does have a happy ending, so to those of you who won't read a book if the ending is not happy, no need to worry here. :) I really liked the way the question of intelligent life on other planets was explored. The ending to that mystery definitely had me open-mouthed for a bit. :D
Miss Pennington gets points for being willing to injure her main character. I have this weird pet peeve about authors who refuse to "rough up" their main character and I really appreciate it when they do, and then delight you as they work through the consequences that such a roughing up incurs. I would say more, but I hate to spoil the plot for anyone who has not yet read the whole book. :)
I can barely wait for the next book to come out (!), so I bought the authors other novel (Never) to help get me through. Wow. Let's just say that I am now an official Grace Pennington fan. :D
In His Image is missing a lot of the edge of your seat, nerve wracking excitement in book one. While Andi and her friends are again in danger it isn't the same kind of danger in book one. But because of the story and the characters and the whole world this book takes place in none of that matters.
Andi joins the captain and a few others - including her new found brother, the doctor, and Crash Eagle - when they go to explore a new planet. She believes it will just be another routine exploration and is shocked when she and the others run into actual human beings. These "Aliens" take her and the others to their city where Andi and her friends try and learn more about them, who they are, and how they came to be there. Meanwhile, her faith is tested and her father's life is put in danger when he breaks the long standing rules the people live by.
I compared book one with Star Trek. This one was even more so. The best way to describe it is if the Star Trek adventures were ever put into a book they would sound like the adventures Andi and her friends go on. In His Image is believable without taking away from the Science Fiction feeling.
The only problem I had with this book is August is hardly in it. He is stuck back at the little ship when it crashes, taking care of one of the crew members who is wounded. I love August. So I was sad he didn't get more time in the story. I am hoping for one where he and Andi get a whole book together. A brother and sister story where they try and figure out how to be a brother and sister. *Hint hint to Grace*
But other than the lack of August the book is amazing and everyone should read it. It is worth it.