The Ether is one of these. The plot's description sounded very much like the theme of the Percy Jackson books- a young boy who lives an ordinary life until he realizes that there is really much more to who he is, and then he finds out that he is destined for some great good versus evil task. When I read the description to my kids, my son caught the similarity right away.
Unfortunately when a Christian author decides to follow a popular secular fiction story so closely, the story is just not good. I've read a few other of these "spin off" novels. The Ether was another one of these.
The story was rather flat. It was occasionally confusing in the transition of telling about what was happening to Vero- our hero- currently and what happened in his past. I didn't feel like there was enough development of Vero as a person. I didn't feel like I knew him well.
My other problem with this story is one I have sometimes with other Christian fiction. I think if you are going to publish as a Christian author, you need to make sure that anything you write about or make up is Biblical. In this story, Vero finds out that he is a guardian angel. When he is in "angel training" there are many things that are so unbiblical or extrabiblical. As a parent, if I let my children read a secular story like Percy Jackson, I can discuss with them that it is secular fiction, that gods aren't real and that they don't have children who are demigods. But when I have a book like The Ether, truth and reality and make believe and fiction are all muddied. Yes, the Bible seems to refer to guardian angels. But never in the Bible are angels described in any way like The Ether. And some of the things that they angels did were contrary to what we do know from the Bible. For example, the angels "catch" prayers that they are supposed to answer. And Vero as a trainee, almost kills or injures two people in his attempt to answer a prayer. The Bible tells us that God hears and answers our prayers. God is Sovereign and doesn't make mistakes. He doesn't leave things up to incompetent angels who are in danger of messing up.
So, even though I wanted to like this because I have young adults and I want them to have good Christian fiction to read, I just couldn't like The Ether. You can read more about it below.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. all opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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