Friday, May 18, 2018

A Book Review of White by Ted Dekker

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"Never break the circle." For two realities, time is running out. In one world, a lethal virus threatens to destroy all life as scientists and governments scramble to find an antidote. In the other, a forbidden love could forever destroy the ragtag resistance known as The Circle. Thomas can bridge both worlds, but he is quickly realizing that he may not be able to save either. In the mind-bending conclusion to the Circle trilogy, Thomas must find a way to rewrite history as he navigates a whirlwind of emotions and events surrounding a pending apocalypse. The fate of two worlds comes down to one man's choice--and it is a most unlikely choice indeed.

Series: The Circle Series (Book 3)
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Anniversary edition (February 3, 2012)
Page Count: 528 pages

Though this isn't my favorite series ever, I still want to continue it and finish it cause I don't DNF. Red is probably my favorite of the series, but White still had its uniqueness.

The Plot: Things are finally coming to a head in both worlds. A lot of what's going on in the future is similar to Christians after Jesus ascended into heaven. Then the world is seemingly coming to an end on the present day earth. The story seemed to shift from an adventure to romance though because most of the book revolves around Thomas's love for Chelise. By the end of this book, I thought the overall story came to a satisfying ending.

The Characters: I still have had a hard time connecting with the characters. I mean I understand them and they're well written but I just couldn't make a very good connection with them. Writing this review months later all I can remember is that I hated Woref and I didn't like that Thomas didn't have much of a relationship with his kids it seemed. They were just there and they don't really do anything until the next book. 

The Setting: Since Thomas and the rest of the members of the Circle live in the desert, that setting is very prominent. The more interesting setting was the Forests since the Hoard and the "Halfbreeds" who were once foresters have now merged cultures so they've created a conglomeration of a religion, acknowledging both Teeleh and Elyon, which made for some interesting dynamics.  

Epic Things: The dreaming as different people is of course very cool and the Books of History make for some very interesting happenings in the plot. 

The Theme: Sacrifice is the biggest theme.

Content Cautions: There wasn't any content that stuck out to me in particular. It has some violence and features a physically abusive man but that's it.

What We Can Take Away For Our Writing:
Giving the Story a Device that Allows the Author to Retcon - This book introduces the blank Books of History which allow someone to actually write out events to how they want them to happen. This allows the writer to back himself out of a corner he wrote himself into in the last book. This device seemed a little gimmicky in this book though it does play an interesting part in the next book.

Conclusion: Not my favorite book, but it still held my interest throughout. 

About the Author:
Ted Dekker is a multiple award-winning, New York Times and international bestselling author of over 40 novels. 

His work has reached tens of millions worldwide and has been translated into numerous languages and adapted into major feature films (Thr3e and House). In 2013 NPR readers nationwide named him as one of the top suspense writers of all time.

Ted's passion is simple: to explore truth through mind-bending stories that invite readers to see the world through a different lens. Story is the shortest distance between the human heart and truth, and to this he has devoted his life.

Check out my reviews of the first and second books in the series, Black and Red!

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