Genre: Science Fiction
Originality – 5/5
Writing Style – 5/5
Plot – 4/5
Characters – 5/5
Aesthetics – 5/5
If you could do life over again, what would you do differently? If you could design your life from the very beginning, what would you come up with?
Faith Awakened is a very fast-moving sci-fi novel that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world in which the greed of the elite has finally succeeded in producing a world-wide plague that wipes out all of humanity, except for a few immune survivors. But as futuristic as it is and as much as it uses virtual reality and cryogenics and other now-classic sci-fi elements, the biggest strength of the book for me was its realism in dealing with everyday life and faith issues.
Faith, a girl living in present day, presents questions like, How does someone feel when they sense that God is ignoring them? How do they react when they aren’t getting a ‘calling’ or being spiritually moved when they think they should be? What is it that God is really wanting from us? (Hint: It’s not just for us to all answer some Divine mission in life.)
Mariah, a woman living after the disease has swept the earth like a second Noah’s Flood, has to deal with things like, How do you find hope in the midst of tragedy? How do you accept the gift of life when all you want to do is die? How long can we wait on God to finally fulfill His purposes in this world?
Faith Awakened is sci-fi laced with some very real spiritual struggles, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a neat concept and a fondness for in-depth characters.
Anyone who reads it won’t easily forget Faith Awakened.
Faith Awakened is available from Splashdown Books.
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