“A faithbreaker is anyone who speaks with the spirits of animals and the dead, magicians and diviners, shamans. Someone who tears apart the faith and undermines what we believe. Which is, of course forbidden in the Codex. But come on, that’s just in the Codex. Stories. It’s not like there are any real people today who are as evil as a faithbreaker.”
“That’s what I used to think, Ori, but I think we just saw one in action.”
She had to ponder for a moment before she realized what he was trying to say. Could he really mean…
“I’m telling you Ori, he’s a faithbreaker and if he is…”
Book: Trion Rising
Genre: Science Fiction/Allegory
Target Audience: Boys and Girls 13+
Subjects: Faith, Truth, Salvation, Jesus’ death and resurrection
Summary: The new music teacher at school is rather different. But in a good way. He seems to know what the kids are thinking and treats them with love and gentleness, but at the same time pulls their very best out of them. He challenges their thinking and opens their minds to music they’ve never dared to play before. Many of the students are completely embracing him, including Oriannon. The adults don’t seem to agree though, especially the council… including her own father who wants her to use her special powers of memory to spy on Jesmet and report to the council anything suspicious that happens. Jesmet completely earns Oriannon’s trust though when he brings her dead friend back to life after a sudden accident and then risks his life to save hers when a wild animal nearly attacks her. The same events that convinces her to put her trust in him, convince the council to carry out the full penalty of punishment against this faithbreaker as they believe him to be and Jesmet is executed. In her despair, Oriannon finds herself in the last place she would have expected to be and finds more hope than she ever thought possible.
Notes: Trion Rising is the first in the Shadowside Trilogy. The series is an allegorical tale of Jesus ministry on earth, death and resurrection and some of the events of Acts – the persecution of Christians and the spread of the Gospel. The story is set in a science-fiction world with spaceships traveling to various planets and scientific development being a main focus of the world.
In Trion Rising, the main characters are introduced, the Jesus figure arrives on the scene, develops followers, brings a dead person back to life, teaches following the truth over man-made rules, is betrayed, killed and rises from the dead. Oriannon is introduced to the people on the other side of the planet who are different from the lies she has been told about them. She finds what it means to place her faith and trust in the Jesus figure.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 – For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,