Now if that doesn't pique your interests, I'm not sure what will. It sure grabbed hold of mine, and refused to let them go!
This book was well written with a very believable storyline. The message was very good, and noticeable, but never preachy. Instead of the message being like someone in your face telling you what's right and what's wrong, and why you should be a certain way, Bill Myers actually wrote the message so that it came through by the character discovering the truth behind God's sacrifice for himself. To me, this felt unique. I mean, it's hard to write something and put a message into a book like this so subtly that each time the message surfaces while reading it, it's like a new revelation all on its own. I was impressed.
Besides this, however, the book had a solid plot and kept me engaged the entire time. I had a hard time putting it down. It also had a good balance between action plot, theology, and philosophy... all interesting subjects. Nicholas, the MC, is a Philosophy professor and what I found most interesting was that much of his outlook on the religion in general made a strange kind of sense... it was both interesting and terrifying because it made me realize just how easy it is for some people to ignore Christ on the pretenses built up by their own minds, how easy it is even for todays Christians to steal themselves against God's truths if they really really wanted to. It made me, as a Christian, realize that I have to build myself up in Christ with his word and with prayer if I want to stay true to him and not fall to the lies of the world, even though they seem to make sense.
Actually, I didn't have any problems with this book whatsoever. I had a friend tell me that she wasn't quite satisfied with the ending, but for me the ending work just perfectly... actually sent chills down my spine, but in a good way.
With all that said, this is my verdict:
Great message; Great book. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone... seriously. If you haven't read it yet, READ IT. You won't regret it. 5 out of 5 stars.