“Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover!”

   So I have yet another (Blogging For Books) book review for today. This one is called THE BOOK OF STRANGE NEW THINGS by Michel Faber. This book was far from what I thought it was going to be. The saying, ” Don’t judge a book by its cover!” Is a great way to describe this book!

   It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by an enigmatic corporation known only as USIC.   His work introduces him to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness and hungry for Peter’s teachings—his Bible is their “book of strange new things.” But Peter is rattled when Bea’s letters from home become increasingly desperate: typhoons and earthquakes are devastating whole countries, and governments are crumbling.  Bea’s faith, once the guiding light of their lives, begins to falter.  

Suddenly, a separation measured by an otherworldly distance, and defined both by one newly discovered world and another in a state of collapse, is threatened by an ever-widening gulf that is much less quantifiable.  While Peter is reconciling the needs of his congregation with the desires of his strange employer, Bea is struggling for survival.  Their trials lay bare a profound meditation on faith, love tested beyond endurance, and our responsibility to those closest to us.

   I had to force myself to read this book! At first I was curious after reading the synopsis… then I woke up! While I was reading it all I had going through my mind was what was I thinking….a story about aliens and the christian religion…. really!? It felt like a child wrote it. I have heard so many great things about this author and his previous books and I really wish this wasn’t the first book of his that I read… I’m so disappointed!
1/5 stars.



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