Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

First let me just say this book is absolutely gorgeous. The cover is amazing with the two hands reaching towards each other, and the tiny little gold stars scattered in the sky. But the best part is the page edges they are gold. It is beautiful with the gold accents on the cover.

This book is very different then what I would typically read. I tend to stick to fantasy, paranormal, and dystopian. But The Book of Strange New Things has qualities of my typical read. There is the sci-fi aspect since the Oasis is in space and whatnot. However, the faith part of the book is new to me. I have never read a book with faith such a strong theme in the book.

Peter and Bea are devout Christians and it is his faith that leads Peter to travel with USIC to Oasis as the preacher. Peter leaves Bea and their cat Jonathan behind. When Peter gets to Oasis everything seems to fall apart. Faber created an interesting world between Earth and Oasis. The added theme of faith really made this book unique.

I have to admit this book wasn’t quite my cup of tea. It was a little too faith heavy to me. But I’m glad I read it since it opened my eyes to other genres and I have always said I should always try every genre at least once. Since I didn’t really enjoy this book, I can’t give it more than a couple stars. But I do commend it for incorporating two topics that typically don’t get put together, space and religion.

* I received this book from BloggingForBooks in exchange for an honest review*

2.5/5 Stars
 The concept and the beautiful writing is what raised it from a 2 to a 2.5.

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