Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee

Leah Courtney

I became a Ted Dekker fan when I first read 3, a psychological thriller.  Dekker writes in a variety of genres ranging from psychological thriller to horror to science fiction.  Forbidden is one of my favorite genres- science fiction.

Rom is about to learn a secret- a secret that will change his life and convince him that he's never really been alive.  When he knows the truth of this powerful secret, he will bear an awesome responsibility. Set far in the future in a dark and disturbing dystopia, Forbidden sets the stage for a new series- The Book of Mortals.

This was a great read!  Full of compelling characters, a suspenseful plot, and a dark new world, I was hooked from the beginning.  I was a little concerned because this read was labeled as science fiction/horror and I definitely was not as impressed with Dekker's horror novel, House.  But, I didn't find it fit that genre at all and was truly science fiction and very well-done.  It was creative and imaginative but still believable- a fine line that I believe all good sci fi novels walk.

I don't think this is being marketed as a Christian novel.  I know Ted Dekker has walked the line between the Christian and secular market.  I could definitely see some parallels that could be drawn as a "Christian" allegory, but I think that is probably because I was looking for those.  I think the secular market could just as easily read it and enjoy for simply for being good science fiction.

I give it a big thumbs up and will definitely be on the lookout for further books in the series.

I received a free Kindle copy of this book for review purposes from NetGalley.  All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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