Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee

Summary:
A terrible truth has been revealed to one man: the entire human race has been drained of every emotion except one-- fear. To bring life back to the world, Rom must embark on a journey that will end either in his own demise or a reawkening of humanity.  But to bring love and passion back into existence will also threaten the powers of the world with the revolution and anarchy that had nearly destroyed them previously.
After happening upon a journal through strange circumstance,  Rom's world is shattered. He learns that humanity long ago ceased to "live," that it exists today in a living death of emotions. In a terrible risk, Rom exposes himself to the vial of blood folded into the old leather of the journal. His change is fearful and fraught with mind-bending emotion. A once-pious observer of the Order's passionless statues, he is filled with uncontrollable impulses. He is filled with love.

He is undone, terrified, and alone in the desolate world.

Author Info:
Ted Dekker is a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels with a total of more than 5 million books in print.   He is known for thrillers that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil.

Tosca Lee left her position working with Fortune 500 Companies as a Senior Consultant for the Gallup Organization to pursue her first love: writing. She is the critically-acclaimed author of Demon and Havah and is best known for her humanizing portraits of maligned characters. She makes her home in the Midwest.


My Thoughts:
Already a Ted Dekker fan, I had heard rumors that his new series with Tosca Lee had the potential to be even better than The Circle Trilogy. I loved that series so The Books of Mortals Trilogy, beginning with Forbidden, was stepping in some big shoes.  I think it filled them pretty well.

Where The Circle Trilogy took a bit to set up the story and didn't really hook me until the end of book one, this story had me from the beginning. The reader is immediately thrown into a dystopian world where emotions have been genetically identified and removed from the population. The only one that remains is fear, for fear is what is needed to control people.  The citizens of the world do not even realize they are mere shadows of humanity, the living dead- for what is life without love and passion and pain?

Rom is a young man who works as a funeral singer and we quickly see that all is not right in this world, as he sings for an empty casket. When he is accosted by an old man on the way home, an old man who says he knew his father, he is suddenly thrust into a dangerous adventure that will change his world forever.  Is there life to be found? What are the secrets of the Order? Could the history he had been taught be merely lies, twisting the truth to suit those in control?  What are the alchemists up to in the palace dungeons? And who will show the world they are not much more than walking dead?

I loved this book and can't wait for the next in the series. The setting was compelling, the twists and turns exciting, and the theme intriguing.  The combination of Dekker and Lee seems to be a good one.  I have not read Lee's work (although I now want to) but she seems to be a good match for Dekker and I'm excited to see where this storyline goes. Recommended.





*Disclosure: I received an e-book copy of this through Net Galley, for review purposes. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*




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