Friday, November 9, 2012

They exited from the elevator, straight into the dark heart or Acheron. The five of them were speechless. All of the rumors were true. But none of the rumors were true.

Book: Sneak by Evan Angler, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2012
Genre: Futuristic
Target Audience: Boys 14+
Subjects: Loss, Relationship with family, friendship, fear, government conspiracy theories
Summary: He’s now officially on the run. Having escaped the mark, he’s a hero to the markless everywhere. But all he wants to do is make it to Acheron and free his sister. The rumors are terrifying. People are burned alive, people are eaten alive by snakes, people are frozen alive, people are boiled in tar, eyes are gouged out. Very few people know anything at all about Acheron, but those who do know to avoid it at all costs. It’s a sentence worse than death. And it’s exactly where Logan, Peck, Hailey, Erin and the others are headed.
Notes: This is a government conspiracy theory story. The government forces everyone to take the mark in order to survive. In this, the second book in the series, persecution against those who refuse the mark becomes much stronger in hopes of catching the leaders. The spiritual elements in the story are hinted at. There are references to the Bible or God as something that is outlawed by the government and therefore explored by the markless. But it still does not portray God or Scriptures as having the answer. The answer is just to be on the good guy’s side, defy the authorities and hope to be smart enough or fast enough to survive.
Recommendation Scale: 1/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

1 Timothy 4:1 - The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits


Noah said...

What about when Peck says that the Bible is *the* Book and has true promises?

J:-)mi said...

Hi Noah,
Yes, there are a few references, but the Bible isn't portrayed as the source of ultimate truth. It may contain some true promises, but is it ultimate truth? Does it hold all the answers? When the characters are in trouble, do they turn to God for answers or do they try to solve it on their own? If Peck knows the truth of Scripture, he either does not believe it or does not apply it. The Bible is more than a book that has accurate facts. It's a book that changes your life. That's the kind of portrayal I'm looking for.

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