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Star Chosen: A Science Fiction Space Opera for the Whole Family Paperback – March 15, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
Originality - 5/5
Writing Style - 4/5
Plot - 5/5
Characters - 5/5
Aesthetics - 5/5
This book comes with a rich backstory, believable characters, zany humor, and a lot of good spiritual stuff to chew on.
Imagine a future where every religion is outlawed and every work of literature, including the Bible, has been virtually eradicated. Could such a thing ever happen? Could such a thing ever stop the true believers from spreading the message of God's love?
Joe Chiappetta has delivered a truly thought-provoking and adventurous tale of courage, faith, church conflict, hypocrisy, forgiveness, and redemption. Joe's writing is natural and it is clear that he is writing from the experience of a deep faith.
The only "problem" is that the story does feature quite a bit Baptist theology when it comes to the meaning of baptism and the role of women. This isn't a problem per se, but be warned that if you are a Christian of non-Baptist flavoring, you may find yourself at odds with the author at some points.
Still, there is plenty here for every Christian to agree with and I would heartily recommend this novel to any Christian reader, whether you normally enjoy science-fiction or not. It is well-worth the read.
I give Star Chosen a well-deserved recommendation of Excellent and will be eagerly looking forward to the follow-up volume.
Star Chosen is available in Print and E-book formats from Amazon.com.
I recommend Star Chosen to anyone who is looking for a good story with good morals throughout. Any fans of the science fiction genre will find this book easy to get into. Due to the family friendly nature of the book, any age will be able to enjoy it. From an older audience looking for a good story that brings them back to the early days of science fiction, to a younger audience who are just staring to get into the genre. I would imagine this book would make a great story for a parent to read to his or her kids, and it would be enjoyable for both the parent and the kids being read to! I give this book 5/5, and I hope everyone reading this review will check it out!
This tells you straight out that it's going to be a Christian sci-fi, which is fine. (I'm not a Christian myself but open to reading about other people's beliefs.) It is also very strongly evangelising which I don't have a problem with in itself since the writer is entirely up front about that, as he says "Think Star Trek meets the Bible". I love the C S Lewis Narnia series which is also, though rather more subtly, evangelical. However, there is an aspect to Star Chosen which I did not like at all - the fact that the only other religious leader of a "rival faith" turned out to be a terrorist suicide bomber. Regardless of whether this character is meant to be Muslim, Jewish or of any other faith, that just isn't something I find acceptable. Evangelising your own faith is fine, but demonising that of others crosses a line for me into being offensive.
The sci-fi element to the story starts off very well with dramatic events written in a very lively, "Ka-Boom!" cartoon style. It does then become very directly evangelical for the rest of the book, following the process of conversion to The Chosen by two of the villain characters. The sci-fi element is not sustained strongly enough for readers with little interest in the religious aspect. Towards the end of the book there is a lecture on the "specialty" of the Bible which also names Mormons as a "false religious group".
The characters are well drawn.
The front cover is eye-catching. Spelling, grammar and formatting are excellent and the book is of a high professional standard.
The quality of the writing and presentation are unquestionably a 5. However, the offensive nature of the attitude towards other beliefs does mean that I have to rate this, honestly, with a 1 star review, because I could not in good conscience recommend this book.
Each character has a unique personality and role to play, and the narrative is lively and entertaining. Word use is clever and concise and the humor is genuinely funny, not merely flippant or sarcastic. The book itself is sincere; the author genuinely wishes to share his world, ideas, and beliefs with us.
Best of all, this story can be read by adults looking to relax with something wholesome and then share it with their kids, too.
I recommend this book for anyone who is looking for an entertaining and meaningful story, as well as some good science fiction.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Finally, a Christian science fiction book that is straight forward and honest; all while being clever and witty. Read morePublished on March 18, 2012 by peggydiaz88
I must be frank. This book bored me to death. Firstly, the page layout made me work twice as hard to read it, and one page had two page's worth of words in it. Read morePublished on December 11, 2011 by Noah Arsenault
An exciting page turner that is bound to shock and amaze any audiance. A must read for all ages!Published on February 16, 2011 by IWONA