Green – Ted Dekker

Green Ted Dekker
Green by Ted Dekker
Series: The Circle Series #0
Published by Thomas Nelson on September 1, 2009
Genres: Fiction, Christian, Suspense, Fantasy
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three-half-stars

AS FORETOLD BY ANCIENT PROPHETS, an apocalypse destroyed Earth during the twenty-first century. But two thousand years later Elyon set upon the earth a new Adam. This time, however, He gave humanity an advantage. What was once unseen became seen. It was good and it was called..."Green."
But the evil Teeleh bided his time in a Black Forest.

Then, when least expected, a twenty-four year old named Thomas Hunter fell asleep in our world and woke up in that future Black Forest. A gateway was opened for Teeleh to ravage the land. Devastated by the ruin, Thomas Hunter and his Circle swore to fight the dark scourge until their dying breath.
But now The Circle has lost hope. Samuel, Thomas Hunter's cherished son, has turned his back on his father. He gathers the dark forces to wage a final war. Thomas is crushed and desperately seeks a way back to our reality to find the one elusive hope that could save them all.

Enter an apocalyptic story like none you have read. A story with links to our own history so shocking that you will forget you are in another world at all. Welcome to "GREEN." Book Zero.
FOUR NOVELS. TWO WORLDS. ONE STORY.

In 2004, a little-known author Ted Dekker and his publisher Thomas Nelson unveiled what they called The Year of the Trilogy. A trilogy of colors—BlackRed White—Three books. Two worlds. One story. And the world, at least for Dekker, was changed. But the Circle was not complete.

In a book dubbed both prequel and sequel—though how well it performs at either has been subject to debate—Green is Dekker’s return to the world of the Circle to tie together three of his major series and extend the metaphors and analogies he’d created in what has become known as the Books of History Chronicles.

As foretold by the ancients, an apocalypse destroyed Earth during the twenty-first century. But two thousand years later Elyon gave Earth a new Adam. This time humans had the advantage. What was once spiritual and unseen was now physical and visible. But no matter. Humans, with their free will, succumb to sin once again.

It was into this world that Thomas Hunter was unexpectedly thrown. Through the tale told in Black, Red, and White, Thomas asserts himself as leader of the Circle, a remnant of those who remain true to Elyon. But those days have long passed and the apocalypse of their world is upon them. The Circle is fractured. Dark forces are aligned against them. And once again, Thomas Hunter must save his world.

Green is undoubtedly one of the most talked about and debated of Dekker’s novels. While it does complete the Circle by explaining how Thomas Hunter appeared in the future earth, as a prequel to Black it leaves readers with a lot of back story to figure out. More than just the trilogy, Dekker ties in important elements to his Project Showdown trilogy and the six-book Lost Books series. I can easily understand the complaint of readers without knowledge of these books that they get lost too quickly. Dekker compiles a lot of information in Green and it really takes a good knowledge of his work to get it all. Thus, if one wants my personal opinion, Green works best as a sequel.

Dekker’s writing in Green sets itself apart from the Trilogy in a couple different areas. First of all, it is inherently more apocalyptic. Deeper, darker, and filled with allusions, metaphors, and symbolism. The parts that readers have said disturb them, well, they were meant to disturb. Second, Green primarily takes place in the future earth—Other Earth—thus lending itself to more elements of fantasy, especially as Dekker expands on the mythos. Dekker’s use of Biblical allusions and metaphors is astounding, but perhaps comes off a bit too strong or strange for those who don’t understand the symbolism of it all.

In the end, Green is a great addition to the Books of History Chronicles, but in the way the Lost Books added to it. Though its official designation is as a part of the Circle series, I kind of see it as a companion book that attaches itself to the Chronicles as a whole. The beauty of the Trilogy is complete, and while Green does nothing to mar that, because of its widened scope it cannot be contained to it either. Book 0, Book 4, it doesn’t really matter because the story in Green is so much larger than what is set up in the Trilogy.

Green is a sweeping epic that helps us dive deeper into the world of the Circle. It helps us peer farther into our own souls to see how much like Billy or Samuel or Thomas or Qurong we actually are. For those first coming to Dekker, I respectfully ask you place Green at the end of your pile. You’ll appreciate it so much more when you know the characters that play out the events of Green and know where it fits in explaining the Books of History Chronicles. Green does not rise to the level of the original works, but it helps tie together a number of loose ends and serves as a solid addition to Dekker’s world.

three-half-stars

About Ted Dekker

Ted Dekker is a New York Times best-selling author of more than forty novels. He is best known for stories which could be broadly described as suspense thrillers with major twists and unforgettable characters, though he has also made a name for himself among fantasy fans. Dekker’s novels have sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Two of his novels, Thr3e and House, have been made into movies with more in production. Dekker resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Lee Ann and two of their daughters.

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