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Top Customer Reviews
Overall, the story is good. As with her excellent PRINCE JADE, we see how the simple, pure love of a woman and God can turn the blackest heart to good. Actually, we see this more than once here. The story plays like a serial. I actually found myself imagining where one episode would end with a "To Be Continued" and where the next would begin. We see the remnants of humanity coming together over their differences to keep the race alive.
Thiessen did change POV some in the middle of scenes. Just a mark (like "* * *") to separate the sections would do some good. Also, we never find out the motives for the aliens' attack on humanity, although she could always write a sequel to explain this. This story could easily lead to a series. I'd read it.
The story covers a dystopian tale of Earth's destruction and the survival of a small group of the human race. While I found the transitions between character perspective to be a little rushed and mish-mashed, and the introduction of some non-essential characters to be confusing, the overall story and plot was very good. A far better tale than most and with a very original set of conflicts for the protagonists to overcome.
The ending, while brief and almost hurried, definitely made me want for more and want for it in a good way - like, say a sequel?
I must say it's a well-done book, and I would recommend it to any Christian-fiction or Sci-fi fans out there!
The story reads like teenager-written fan fiction, with a dose of Jesus-love (I'm shuddering). What I mean by teenager-written fan fiction, is that the writing is more a surface-reporting of a story, than an actual story. The 'heroine' of the story is a 16-year-old CHRISTIAN. who immediately (on first sight) seems to become obsessed with an older man. Of COURSE, he thinks she's she's wonderful (she looks like an angel, don't you know). This seems like teenage girl fantasy. I won't go into her psychopathic father... If you're over 12, you're probably too mature for this story.
The more I consider it, the more I wonder if I'll finish it. There are several word usage errors, but the spelling's not bad.
Very boring. I can almost guarantee the 5-star reviews are from (junior?) high school friends of the 'author'. From an adult reader's perspective, I can tell you to skip it.
Also, I wish authors would state clearly that they're writing "christian fiction" so I would know not to download. I understand that religion is a part of society - I can deal with it being discussed - with characters that are religious, but I despise the assumptions and viewpoints of 'christian' authors. If I receive warning (and don't download), I have no place to criticize. Since I didn't get the warning, I feel tricked. It's not only a bad book, it's a bad 'christian' book.
Revised upon completion: this story entirely fell apart. I think I finished it only out of morbid curiosity. Although I disliked it anyway, it felt like the last half (or so) was just rushed out and made even less sense than the first half.
A note of warning: not for impressionable young people. The forced marriage and childbearing was pretty sick, in my mind.