Some of you, my readers, have probably noticed that I’ve been absent a day longer than I said I would be. It has been over two weeks, and on my home page I claimed that I would post once every week, or once every other week. My excuse is this: June has been a very, very busy month.
You and your puny excuses. Hey, you don’t even know anything about my life outside of my blog, so. . . shush. Hmph.
Anyway, today I’m doing a review on a book I recently finished: Elysium, book one of the Tartarus Chronicles by Keith A. Robinson!
Synopsis (taken from the back of my paperback version):
Gunther Leuschen, a particle physicist, gets pulled through a mysterious portal and transported two hundred years into the future to an exotic underground world inhabited by other humans from earth. Despite the society’s advanced technology, the people are unable to find a way to return home. But when Gunther himself develops the technology, it is taken from him by a malevolent force and modified to be a powerful weapon.
With the aid of an unlikely mix of companions, Gunther seeks to take back his invention and reopen the portals. Standing in his way are genetically altered soldiers, technologically enhanced humans, and corrupt government officials. Yet even greater than these obstacles are the questions that arise about the nature of truth—questions that challenge the very core of his beliefs.
This was the first apologetics fiction book I have ever read. My mom got it for me at a homeschool conference (and it’s signed 😎). Apologetics fiction is fiction that seeks to defend a religion, in this case Christianity. Robinson’s reasoning for God’s existence and the Bible’s truthfulness in Elysium is very thorough, and incredibly thought provoking! Let me tell you, it was a very good book. The plot was excellent, I loved the characters, and Mr. Robinson did a good job deeply delving into just a few, but still making the side characters captivating. A beautiful mix of action, suspense, theological debates, and much more. However, it did annoy me to see a few typos, mostly relating to the misplacement of quotation marks. I’d give it a four-and-a-half star rating out of five (minus one half for typos).
(Trust me, if I could make those stars gold I would have.)
Stats (ya gotta love ’em):
Reading age: 8–18.
Genre: Christian futuristic fiction.
Amazon rating [Below]:
Amazon link: Click here.
Author bio (taken from the back of my paperback version):
Keith A. Robinson has dedicated his life to teaching others how to defend the Christian faith. Since the release of Logic’s End, his first novel, he has been a featured speaker at Christian music festivals, homeschool conventions, apologetics seminars, and churches, as well as appearing as a guest on numerous radio shows. In addition, he is also the Extensions Director of the Creation Science Society of Milwaukee.
When not writing or speaking, Mr. Robinson is the full-time public school orchestra director at Indian Trail High School & Academy. He currently resides in Kenosha, Wisconsin, with his wife, Stephanie, their five children, and a Rottweiler.
P.S. Don’t forget about the poll on which music album I should do a review on! You can find it here.