Author: Ted Dekker
Recommend: Definitely after reading the other books in the Circle series or before, depending…
This was a very busy week for me already and it’s only Wednesday. I had my last concert with my students for the year on Monday and next week is my last week of school before summer vacation. This book seemed harder to get through than the other three but I think a lot of it had to do with how busy was schedule has been.
This book is the conclusion or beginning of the Circle series. How can one book be both? Well, it’s simple. The Circle series is actually circular. Green ends where Black begins. The whole thing is a very unusual device but made for very interesting reading. This book spends most of its time in the future reality with only occasional jaunts into the past. This book is more allegory and tells the story of Revelations for the future world.
The allegory takes the spiritual things of Christianity and makes them physical. For example, dying to be raised to new life as a Christian is an actual physical act of drowning in a pool of red water to be brought back to a new disease free life. Sin is an actual disease that damages the mind and body. It is a very interesting way to look at faith. It is a great reminder that just because we can’t see it, doesn’t mean that it isn’t real and isn’t there.
The author suggests that you can start with either Green or Black but honestly I think Black is the best way to go. There is too much in Green that wouldn’t make as much sense to the reader if they haven’t read through the whole series first. If you start with Green, I think you’ll be rereading it again once you finish the other three books to catch the things you missed. For a reread though, I think it might be interesting to start with Green next time and go through the Circle from there. Might give a new perspective.
While this isn’t the best thing I’ve ever read, it was definitely worth picking up.