Bicycle Hills

Thursday, January 5, 2017
“With my plan, we’ll get the treasure, kill points, and all the points and tokens of everyone. We’ll let everyone arrive and fight it out for the treasure. Then when they think they got it made, we use our secret weapon. That’s what you do in a war.” Sloan held up the Trag 7 unit so everyone could see. “With a few drops of blood, this thing will become a bomb,” Sloan said. “With the blood, the Trag 7 becomes what you wish it to be, the manual says. And I want it to be a bomb. We’ll bomb ‘em all.”
“Blast them to smithereens!” Tiffany shouted.
“Nuke ‘em into the next country!” shouted someone else.

Book: Bicycle Hills by John Bibee, Intervarsity Press, 1989
Genre: Fantasy/Allegory
Target Audience: Boys and Girls 12-16
Subjects: Popularity, Truth, Good vs. Evil, Freedom in Christ
Summary: The match is ignited, the flames burst up, the earthquake comes, the privacy walls are built, the children are sworn to secrecy and the games begin. Each day after school the kids and their bicycles meet at Bicycles Hills for Caves and Cobras – a war game in which teams try to “kill” each other to get the treasure – and the points in the Point System. Meanwhile, a new country club is built to distract the adults as well. All the while, the plan to enslave the entire town to the chains forever falls perfectly into place, step by step. When Halloween comes will the people of Centerville finally see just what they have chosen? Or will they continue believing what Goliath Industries says?   
Notes: Bicycle Hills is the fourth in the Spirit Flyer Series. The series uses a flying bicycle to represent faith in Christ. The bicycles are made by the “Three Kings”. When a person chooses to believe in them, the bicycle arrives and will fly when they are trusting. The series takes place in an end times setting, with it finally ending at the rapture. Throughout the series, the struggle between good and evil is shown in those choosing to ride Spirit Flyers battling Goliath Industries, an organization that desires to see death and destruction. This book is the story of a girl who doesn’t yet know the Three Kings and has truly bought in to the things Goliath Industries has taught. Her dad is one of the leading developers of the Trag 7 unit that the children plan to use to attack each other in Bicycle Hills. Amy quickly learns that any association with children who have Spirit Flyers ruins her score in the Point System and her chances to compete in Caves and Cobras. It shows how far God will go to rescue those lost in their sin though as Amy is given chance after chance to see and experience the truth. Amy is given a key to represent the freedom Christ offers. At the climax of the story it highlights how each person is given a free choice as some kids choose not to accept the rescue offered them when the worst danger comes.
I highly recommend this book as well as the others in the series. It offers great spiritual value as well as a creative storyline and enough suspense and adventure to keep readers interested.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

John 8:32 – Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.


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