Book Review, Fantasy, Fiction

Book Review: “Red”

Rating: 7.7 out of 10.0

Author: Ted Dekker

Genre: Fantasy

About: In the wake of the chaos ensuing in Dekker’s first novel of the Circle Series, Black, the next chapter in the story turns everything you thought you knew on its head. In Red, stakes are raised, tears are shed, plots are twisted, and lives are risked. A shattering book that sets the stage for the final novel in Dekker’s trilogy, Red continues the heart-wrenching emotion and relentless pace set in Black. Also, it should be noted that this review is not really a full-on review, but a continuation of the review of Black just as Red is the continuation of the story in Black.

Likes: Once more, a tip of the hat to Mr. Dekker for 376 pages of pleasant surprise. Where his characters were lacking in the previous book, he made minor improvements. His plot continued to impress me and was filled with several interesting and unexpected plot twists. He also crafted a setting that is not just the background of the events of the story but one that plays a part and has a great effect on the story. Also, though it may be difficult to recognize immediately, there is a strong allegorical aspect to this story. I will not spoil it for you, but since Dekker is a Christian writer, one should look out for the many biblical allegories in his book. Until the last hundred pages, I completely missed much of the symbolism. Yet once I saw it, I was ready to yield my pen to a true writer—Mr. Ted Dekker.

Dislikes: Though Dekker improved his characters, they were still a bit lacking in uniqueness, particularly in their dialogue. Also, the POVs. This was the single most annoying flaw in Dekker’s previous book in the Circle Series, and in Red it is exponentially worse. There are over a dozen POVs that Dekker jumps around sporadically between. To me, this is one of the most annoying things. Also, I should note something that was equally true in Black, though I failed to note it in my review. In this book there is a LOT of violence, much of which is described very graphically. Though much of this—if not almost all of it—is essential to the plot, it can be seen as a drawback to some, particularly young readers or their parents reading this review.

Summary: Less than a month ago, Thomas Hunter was a failed writer selling coffee at the Java Hut in Denver. Now he finds himself in a desperate quest to rescue two worlds from collapse. In one world, he’s a battle-scarred general commanding an army of primitive warriors. In the other, he’s racing to outwit sadistic terrorists intent on creating global chaos through an unstoppable virus. Two worlds on the brink of destruction. One unthinkable solution. – Taken from the back cover of the WestBow Press Edition

Book Length: 376 pages (WestBow Press Edition)

Favorite Character: Justin of Southern

Suggested Age: 14+


Plot- 1.9 out of 2.0
Characters- 1.5 out of 2.0
Setting- 1.9 out of 2.0
Unfavorable content/other- 0.4 out of 1.0
Themes- 0.8 out of 1.0
Dialogue- 0.5 out of 1.0
Quality of writing 0.7 out of 1.0

= 7.7 out of 10.0


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