Monday, May 24, 2010

The Last Christian by David Gregory: Blog Tour

Summary:  A.D. 2088.

Missionary daughter Abigail Caldwell emerges from the jungle for the first time in her thirty-four years, the sole survivor of a mysterious disease that killed her village. Abby goes to America, only to discover a nation where Christianity has completely died out. A curious message from her grandfather assigns her a surprising mission: re-introduce the Christian faith in America, no matter how insurmountable the odds.

But a larger threat looms. The world's leading artificial intelligence industrialist has perfected a technique for downloading the human brain into a silicon form. Brain transplants have begun, and with them comes the potential of eliminating physical death altogether—but at what expense? 

As Abby navigates a society grown more addicted to stimulating the body than nurturing the soul, she and Creighton Daniels, a historian troubled by his father's unexpected death, become unwitting targets of powerful men who will stop at nothing to further their nefarious goals. Hanging in the balance—the spiritual future of all humanity.

In this fast-paced thriller, startling near-future science collides with thought-provoking religious themes to create a spell-binding "what-if?" novel.


My Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised to find myself engrossed in this book from page one.  The pace was fast, yet easy enough to follow, the storyline intriguing.  It reminded me of a Grisham or Baldacci novel in that the story outweighed the character development, but I still consider the comparison complimentary.  I was sucked into an all too realistic world and found myself turning the pages quickly. 

There was a definite message or theme here, and I usually balk when it's presented with a heavy hand in a work of fiction.  However, this time it mostly worked as it grew from the actions and growth of the characters and plot lines itself.  When I turned the last page, everything wasn't tied up in a neat little bow but I was left with plenty to chew on and contemplate- and I like that in a story.  I finished this on Saturday.  It's Monday and I am still mulling it over in my mind.

I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good summer read.  I don't believe you'd have to be a Christian to enjoy the story, but then again I automatically read from my own worldview so please let me know if you read it and disagree.  Christian readers will find a lot of food for thought among the pages of a well done story that holds it own.

The Last Christian is available directly from Random House or your favorite online or local book store.

*Disclosure: I received this book at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.*



1 comment:

TerriG said...

That sounds like a book I would love. ON the list.

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