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
Great book great narration get this book if you can. I am ytping more because they require twenty words. This book is great and narrated great.
I'm a big Dekker fan so I will share my bias first. If you enjoy any of his other works you will enjoy the character development and emotional exchanges they have when placed in different situations. After reading a few Dekker books you will sense a familiarity with his characters like they could all be siblings so you will either enjoy that or feel it lessens the uniqueness of each story, but many of his books will actually borrow characters and minor elements from other series. For me I was content to listen to an enjoyable book. The narrator wasn't my favorite, but it wasn't distracting enough to distract from the story line.
The ending left me wanting more. May move to next book. Dry in some areas.. But overall an interesting story.
i also listened to book #2 hoping that the writing and characters would improve, but they didn't. they might have even gotten worse. the story is creative, but just about everything lacked depth. i won't be listening to book #3.
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.
To me this book was just average. I really wanted to like it, but so unbelievable and just seemed to fall flat nearing the end. It was fast and easy read, but not a book I was engrossed in or felt connected in any way.
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".
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