Monday, May 24, 2010

Book Review: The Last Christian by David Gregory


Abigail has lived her entire life in the jungle where her parents were missionaries bringing the Christian religion to the Inisi tribes. After 34 years, she makes her way out of the jungle alone when her entire tribe contracts a mysterious disease, and finds a doctor who is willing to go back to save her people. But when they return, they are too late. Abby is the only survivor.

She soon receives a very old message from her grandfather telling her to go to America and help revive the Christian religion, which has died out. When she arrives in America, she feels very out of place. The year is 2088. Life is fast-paced and completely reliant on technology. No one is remotely interested in Jesus or Christianity. As a matter of fact, they accuse Abby of hate speech when she talks of her religion.

In this society, everyone is directly connected to the grid, the modern-day Internet, by neural implants. But that isn't enough. Now they are starting to get brain transplants, replacing their brains with a silicon version that may never die. And Abby soon finds herself in danger from men who are determined to ensure everyone embraces this new merger of technology and humanity.

When I was offered a copy of The Last Christian by David Gregory, I hesitated. I've only read a few Christian fiction novels, and honestly had a hard time with the way the authors seemed to force the Christian message into every page. But I thought this storyline sounded interesting, so I decided to read it. I'm so glad I did. I loved this book. The Christian message was there, but it was weaved into an intriguing and exciting suspense novel that had me turning pages over and over trying to see what would happen next. Although there were Bible verses quoted and ideas about Christianity discussed, they made sense in the context of the storyline, and certainly were not preachy or forced.

I loved the way Gregory created this future world. He takes the time to explain how the world got to where it is in his version of 2088, and makes it seem like it could really happen. The evolution of technology in his story actually makes sense ~ well maybe not actual brain transplants, but the way people use future technologies in this story could actually happen. And his explanation of how Christianity died out over time also seems realistic based on the "history" he gives.

The characters were all very interesting, unique and well developed. Their relationships and the way they reacted to Abby seemed quite realistic. I really enjoyed this novel, and I believe those who like futuristic suspense novels will enjoy it as well, even if they're not Christian. And those who are Christian will find an inspiring message that is at once simple and profound.

My Rating: 5/5

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This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

8 comments:

  1. Hmmm.... sounds interesting. Don't forget to let Winning Readings know about this.

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  2. I would love to read this~

    tiffanyniekro at gmail dot com

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  3. I am also a follower
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  4. I used to love books like this when I was a pre-teen. I don't know when or why I stopped reading them but this book really sounds intriguing to me! Thanks for the input on how they handle Christianity - I don't usually enjoy the "preachy" ones either.

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  5. This sounds real interesting - I agree with your hesitation towards christian fiction.

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  6. I am a follower too.

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