Friday, July 29, 2011

Gateway to Gannah: Book 1: The Story in the Stars by Yvonne Anderson Book Review

Genre: Christian Science-Fiction
Recommendation: Excellent

Originality – 5/5
Writing Style – 5/5
Plot – 5/5
Characters – 5/5
Aesthetics – 4/5
The more I read, the more I liked!
Dassa is the last of her race. Her world has been destroyed by a plague and the only one who can save her is Doctor Pik, a man who would rather have her entire race die with her. In fact, it was Dr. Pik’s people who created the plague in the first place.
The Story in the Stars is a dynamic first novel. It’s a story of grace, it’s a story of obedience, it’s a treasure-hunting story, it’s a love story, and it’s a story with an absolutely perfect ending. 
Yvonne Anderson has created deep characters with an interesting back story. She tells her tale through rich descriptions, natural conversations, and a well-placed bit of humor every now and then.
The Story in the Stars is a poignant illustration of the Christian message. Most importantly, it delivers a fine example of how to offer forgiveness to those who have hurt us and what it means to sacrifice for the cause of Christ. It shows us what it means to struggle with our beliefs and how to handle our faith in the face of tragedy. If that weren’t enough, there’s even a guest appearance by the great American revivalist Jonathan Edwards!
As you read, you may find some things that seem odd, like the fact that the aliens often speak in King James English, but don’t worry – it will all make sense.
The cover is good – it depicts the main character very well when she’s in certain moods – I just wish it showed more action or included Dr. Pik along with her (a good six-fingered, non-facial-expressive alien image would have been a nice touch).
Overall, I feel very confident in recommending The Story in the Stars with a rating of Excellent. It will be interesting to see what Yvonne does with our very opposite characters next.
Gateway to Gannah: Book 1: The Story in the Stars is available from Risen Books.
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