“Let her go. Please?” I say. My hands are trapped. I’m trapped.
Anya Vseveloda steps into my vision. She’s dressed all in white. A fancy suit of some kind. Her hair is down and wild. Her lips are blood red. They twist into a smile as she raises a knife to my face. She’s enjoying this. “Just seeing how much you wan this delights me. I think she will help us get information from you. Yes, I think she will be very helpful. I glance over and see two girls in a restaurant booth; one is the Asian swimmer I’ve dreamed of before, the other is slumped over the table, curly brown hair in a ponytail.
Book: Project Gemini by Jill Williamson, Marcher Lord Press, 2013
Target Audience: Boys 13-18
Subjects: Visions/Prophecy, Prayer, Betrayal, Dating Relationships, Friendship
Summary: A trip to a Japanese paradise with gorgeous foreign girls, one of whom is throwing herself at Spencer? What could go wrong? Well a teammate who utterly despises him for one. Spencer had never met Grace before she joined the Mission League so he can’t figure out why on earth she hates him so much and she refuses to tell him. Secondly, a betrayer in disguise is ready to lead Spencer straight to his enemy. Thirdly – a series of accidents leave Spencer visiting Japanese hospitals and clinics – three separate times. And lastly… well, an enemy that wants him dead is there waiting for him. Yeah, that can ruin a trip – even a trip to a paradise.
Notes: Project Gemini is the third in the Mission League Chronicles, a series about an unsaved boy who joins a Christian Spy Group for teens just to keep out of the military school his grandmother is threatening him with.
As the series progresses he learns of his parents’ history with the league, develops some friends, gets introduced to spiritual gifts – including the gift of prophecy – which he has, and discovers that he may be the fulfillment of a prophecy himself and therefore a key target for the enemy. In this series there are good and bad examples set by all of the characters but it is pointed out clearly which are which most of the time so the teenage reader isn’t left doubting which is right and which is wrong. Purity is a common resounding theme as Spencer learns how to treat girls with respect and decency.
In this book, Spencer finds himself falling hard for a Japanese girl and has to start questioning how far he is willing to go physically.
There is the continuing question of his salvation – he actually finally tells off one of the other characters who keeps pressuring him to make the decision to put his trust in Christ for his salvation. He acknowledges that God has specifically answered one of his prayers, but admits he is continuing to put off the decision to surrender his life.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Philippians 1:9-11 – And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.