Review by Jill Williamson
In Green, Thomas Hunter’s son, Samuel, challenges the way Thomas has been leading the Circle. He thinks they should wage war on the Horde and calls into question Elyon’s existence. Thomas does all he can to prove the truth to his son, but one thing leads to another and circumstances put both worlds on the brink of Armageddon.
I was so excited about this book I couldn’t stand it, then, from page one, it’s almost painful to read. The despair and frustration of having a loved one turn their back on the truth and embrace evil is rough, and that’s Samuel’s story. The book was entertaining but bittersweet. Overall, I could do without Green. I loved the Circle trilogy as is. And please, if you haven’t read this series, start with Black. You’ll enjoy things much better. I think Green is clever, how the series circles, but I don’t find it biblical. Not that I am an authority on how God works, but it’s my understanding that we each get one life to live on this planet, to make our choice, and that’s it. *shrugs* My two cents there.
My son saw the book and asked if there was a graphic novel yet. (Click here to read my review of Black, the first graphic novel in the Circle Trilogy.) I told him I didn’t know, but honestly, if there were, I don’t think I’d read it to him. Not yet, anyway. This book is far more dark and sensual than the others, in my opinion. And my son, at eight, can do without all that.
Story-wise, there were a lot of characters to follow. I truly cared only about Thomas and Samuel. But the story also centered about Billy (a character from the Paradise series) and Janae, Monique’s pure-evil daughter. Not having read the Paradise series or the all the Lost Books, there was a lot stuff I missed in Green. Lately, Dekker seems to tie every book he writes together in some way. Though I love his work, I’m starting to get tired of that. Give me something new and fresh that stands on its own, like Blink.
I recommend this book with caution for teens 16 and up. It’s dark and sensual, so if you are trying to avoid those types of things, steer clear.