24 March 2014

Quickie Book Series Review: "The Books of Mortals"

Authors: Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee
Published: 2011 - 2013 by Center Street / FaithWords
Synopsis: Several hundred years into the future, the human race as we know it is in the dumps.  After his father's funeral, young Rom gets handed a box by a mysterious man who says that Rom's dad didn't die of a suicide, as originally thought, but was murdered.  With government agents on his tail, he escapes and finds a young woman named Arva.  Together they discover an age-old secret that will change the world forever...and already has in the past.

My Review: What a rush! This book series is like an action/adventure flick that grabs you and won't let go.  Ted Dekker is one of the few Christian writers to receive mainstream praise, and it's books like this that prove why.  Don't pick this up unless you have a lot of time on your hands; it will have you hook, line, and sinker from the first chapter.

Content Concerns:
  • Sex: Some minor kissing. 4.5/5
  • Nudity: It is mentioned that a character is naked, though it is not gone into detail. 4.5/5
  • Language: "Damnation" and "Maker" (another name for God) are the choice expletives, and are used a few times each. 3.5/5
  • Violence: The whole story centers around people's blood: drinking it, shedding it, but not sucking it like a vampire.  Action sequences and violent moments abound; probably the most unsettling is when one character removes a heart from his deceased friend's body, though that isn't gone into graphic detail. 2/5
  • Drugs: The consuming of blood causes transformations. 3/5
  • Frightening/Intense Scenes: What in this series doesn't fall into that category? 1/5
Score: 4/5

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