New York Times best-selling author Ted Dekker teams with Tosca Lee to create this gripping thriller set in a desolate future.
Many years have passed since civilization's brush with apocalypse. The world's greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace... and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for centuries: Every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity.
Fleeing pursuit, with only moments to live, a young man named Rom stumbles into possession of a vial of blood and a piece of cryptic writing. When consumed, the blood will bring him back to life. When decoded, the message will lead him on a perilous journey that will require him to abandon everything he has ever known and awaken humanity to the transforming power of true life and love.
But the blood will also resurrect hatred, ambition, and greed.
Set in a terrifying, medieval future, where grim pageantry masks death, this tale of dark desires and staggering stakes peels back the layers of the heart for all who dare to take the ride.
©2011 Ted Dekker (P)2011 Hachette Audio
I have read most of Ted Dekker's books and love them. I almost didn't get this one due to some of the negative reviews. I am so glad I didn't listen and went with my heart. It is now one of my favorites! I can't wait for the next in the series!!!
Wow. Not often I will say this, but this book didn't work for me, and I gave up. ( Perhaps abit too early? ) Incoherent at times, or perhaps just not my cup of tea, but regardless, I can't recommend this cluttered story.
The story was typical Dekker-esque thrills and plot twists; my only nag is the narration. Mr. Levya just doesn't seem to capture the gravity in the change from a world of death to a living world of emotions; his voice remains flat with the characters' new experiences with feeling. That being said, the story was still great though!
It took me a while to get the flow of the book with the amount of characters being introduced and the concept of what the book was about. Once I wraped my arms around these, I loved the book.
I had a hard time swallowing the plot of the book. The premise that we had forgotten all emotion and the main characters suddenly wake up and remember they had emotions, is ludicrous to me. There is a chosen one that will awaken everyone to the emotions they have forgotten. Some how though one person has found his emotion and is plotting to become the top dog. Ted Dekker has many great books but this is just not one of them. I think I have a good imagination but I cannot imagine people without emotion.
I would recommend this to a friend. Dekker does an excellent job with futuristic concepts and ideas of what could be the future state of existence. Even though some of the conditions are somewhat unrealistic, Dekker weaves the story together in a way that does not leave you questioning or doubting the possibilities.
Very good development of characters and the plot. Very nice carry over to 2nd book "Mortals".
"Forbidden" explores cliché themes with a fairly predictable plot-line and superficial characters whose motivations are unbelievable and whose personalities are difficult to relate to. While not an overly boring read (much thanks to the excellent narration by Henry Leyva), "Forbidden" feels adolescent, leaving much to be desired for in a professional work of adult fiction.
I really enjoy the books I read and hear!
True garbage! Story has every opportunity to be ground breaking, but at every turn fails to get there. Words just to have words. Heroes are so predictable, that you know what is going to happen chapters ahead of happening. I expected more out of this well known team.
About in the middle. This is not one of his best, but I still love this book!
I liked the intriguing world that was created.
Dare to drink the blood?
I really love Ted Dekker, and in this book is another intruiging world that was created. I found however, certain parts were just very odd, and disturbing. I don't know why, but I never really warmed up to this book like I have with countless othe Ted Dekker books. I will say though, it still ranks higher than many other books. It is a great work of art, just not my kind of art on this one.
Yes, I would certainly recommend it. Very thought provoking.
I liked the quick take off, contrasted by the Stepford type mother who lacks the ability to think for herself. As readers move deeper into the plot, they better understand how the government separates and controls families. The parallels between the latter days and the situations that develop in this story keep the mind buzzing.
He does all of them so well. Rom would be my favorite.
No... I needed time to mull it over in my mind. One thing that kept me befuddled was the clear lack of setting. I'm sure the year and location must have been mentioned at the beginning but it needed reinforcement. I'm not a hard core fantasy reader so I struggled with the imagery for a while.
I was amazed at whole pages of narration that broke the Show/Don't Tell bylaws again and again, but Dekker's descriptive talents came to the rescue. The reader's mind is like a canvas and he draws mental pictures on it -- just enough, and not too much. There's still plenty of room to add artistic form and action.
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