I don’t believe I’ve ever read Christian science fiction before this book. In fact, I don’t think I’ve even heard of Christian scifi before now. But after reading The Last Christian by David Gregory, I’m actually open to other attempts in this genre.
I’m not the typical scifi reader. I don’t read books about dragons or wizards (which is probably considered fantasy rather than scifi, but I lump it all together) and only occasionally high-tech stuff. I would put this book in the high-tech sector. If there is such a thing (there is in my mind). See? I don’t even know all of the sub-genres. Nor do I really care to. I like what I like whether it’s part of a specific subset or not.
So when I heard about this book, I admit I was intrigued. And a little worried that it could easily be horrible. It wasn’t. I was pleasantly surprised that it was quite readable. The action moved along quickly and I found myself wanting to find out what happens. Isn’t that the goal of any book – to keep us reading?
Of course, the plot may be a little out there. Artificial brains? “Eternal” human life? No Christians in America? Yet the way the author presents the details makes them believable within the story. And while the main female character (Abigail) is the daughter of missionaries, I didn’t feel hit over the head with proselytizing from the character or the author. Even she struggled a little with her beliefs and how to best share them with others.
This isn’t a deep novel or one that you need to read slowly. I think it’s a good summer book, especially if you like to escape and just enjoy a story with some action and suspense. I give it a solid 3 out of 5 stars.
Here’s the publisher’s blurb about the book:
In the future, it’s possible to live forever—but at what cost?
Missionary daughter Abigail Caldwell emerges from the jungle for the first time in her thirty-four years, the sole survivor of a mysterious disease that killed her village. Abby goes to America, only to discover a nation where Christianity has completely died out. A curious message from her grandfather assigns her a surprising mission: re-introduce the Christian faith in America, no matter how insurmountable the odds.
But a larger threat looms. The world’s leading artificial intelligence industrialist has perfected a technique for downloading the human brain into a silicon form. Brain transplants have begun, and with them comes the potential of eliminating physical death altogether—but at what expense?
As Abby navigates a society grown more addicted to stimulating the body than nurturing the soul, she and Creighton Daniels, a historian troubled by his father’s unexpected death, become unwitting targets of powerful men who will stop at nothing to further their nefarious goals. Hanging in the balance—the spiritual future of all humanity.
In this fast-paced thriller, startling near-future science collides with thought-provoking religious themes to create a spell-binding “what-if?” novel.