Monday, February 24

Prototype by Jonathan Martin

“What happens when you discover you’re more like Jesus than you think?”

This is the basis behind prototype. God loves us. God created us. What if Jesus were more than just our savior? What if Jesus is the prototype for humanity, to show us what we should be like? What if we tried to do more than just ‘follow’ him?

Each chapter in Prototype covers a different theme, ranging from  identity, to obscurity to resurrection, to witness. These same themes are also covered in the DVD small group guide, which I also wanted.

Many times in the Old Testament, God refers to human beings as His beloved. But when God called Jesus His beloved, Jesus did something truly remarkable. He believed Him. And He lived every moment of His life fully convinced of his identity.” (page 16)

Saturday, February 22

King by R.J. Larson

Though I can’t tell for sure, King appears to be the finale book in Larson’s “Books of the Infinite” series. Akabe Garric has been chosen as king, though he had not asked for kingship. Despite this, he decides to prove himself to be a worthy king and begins undertaking a major project: Rebuilding the Infinite’s temple in the land of Siphra. He quickly runs into a problem, that land is held by worshippers of another god and will only relinquish the land if Akabe marries their leader’s daughter. Intent on rebuilding the temple, Akabe agrees to the terms.  Meanwhile, there have been numerous assassination attempts against the king, and the prophet Ela worries that the new queen may lead to the destruction of the new kingdom.

Containing undertones from Solomon and Moses, King moves at a brisk pace. Whereas the previous two books jumped back and forth between Kien and Ela alone, this time around Akabe and his queen (Caitria) are strong supporting characters, though most of the time they are also present with Ela and Kien. As I’ve mentioned in my earlier reviews, I’ve never found Ela to be a strong character, as she mostly reacts to events around her, or reacts to the visions she receives. While I understand that a part of this is due to her role as a prophet, it also makes her boring. Akabe is a reluctant king, trying his best to lead his people, and I would’ve enjoyed reading more about his struggles as ruler.

Saturday, February 8

Aquifer by Jonathan Friesen

The year is 2250. Freshwater is limited to a single aquifer, which is then routed to inhabited reasons. Those who are in charge, the council, have limited emotions to create a peaceful world. Luca, sixteen, is able to hide his emotions from this council. When his father goes missing, his entire world is changed. He travels underground and begins to learn the secrets of the aquifer and of the council, but the secrets he uncovers could have unintended consequences.

The prologue sets up the world and gets us comfortable with the dystopian setting as a fishing vessel pulls a woman’s corpse from the sea. It is full of mystery and sets up this dystopian world. Had the rest of the story followed the feel and strength of this prologue, I feel that this book would’ve been very entertaining. Unfortunately, I feel that Aquifer quickly lost steam.