Green by Ted Dekker

When Thomas Hunter falls asleep in our world and wakes up in Black Forest, he discovers a world overtaken by a plague. Hunter forms the Circle, a group of people who he helps rid themselves of the plague and want to live peacefully. But the Circle is losing faith, thanks in no small part to his rebellious son who thinks only war can save them from the plague-ridden hostiles of the Forest.

Though Green is marketed as a book that can be read as the first or last book in the series I was skeptical to try this book without reading the others. Ultimately, I was right in the skepticism as it felt like there were so many things that I was missing because I didn’t know the back story.

I love fantasy but I didn’t love this series. It didn’t grab me. The world felt like it wasn’t clear and distinct enough to be real and the characters weren’t relate-able enough for me to care. Hunter, by this book at least, is too much of a messiah character and the people in our world, including Hunter’s sister, don’t feel multi-dimensional. I won’t be looking for the other books.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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