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- File Size: 3917 KB
- Print Length: 208 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- Publisher: Zondervan (27 April 2010)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003GEKL3S
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #221,065 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Chosen Ones (The Aedyn Chronicles) Kindle Edition
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It did come as a slight surprise to me, having read many of McGrath's apologetic works, that here he seems take something of an anti-science view. The heroine of the story, Julia, is clearly speaking McGrath's words and expressing his thoughts, while her older brother, Peter, seems to be a reflection of McGrath's younger self, when he was an atheist (as well as being highly reminiscent of Edmund in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe). One of the great things about this book is that it is full of little nods to other literature and saturated in slightly more subtle references, including Hamlet, Gulliver's Travels and the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. That said, the three main 'bad guys' didn't seem to be drawn directly from anything I could think of.
Unlike His Dark Materials, there isn't really enough here to keep the adults interested, but it is certainly a book that I will be handing down to my 7 year old niece.
The story plot line is fairly simple. The children, Peter and Julia go to live with their grandfather and mother after the death of their mother. Upon exploring their new home they find a garden which transports them to a new world, Aedyn. Aedyn is a world ruled by 3 cruel rulers, who has enslaved the population. The children are tasked with freeing the population and resorting peace to the world.
The writing prose is fairly basic. This is to be expected given that the book itself is aimed at kids.
Being a Christian novel the book includes theological themes which are close to McGrath's heart. These includes the `suggested' (I agree there isn't one) conflict between faith and reason. The book also includes the usual biblical ideas such as that of the exodus, redemption, Joshua (drums that brought down the walls of Jericho) - and a few other references. Perhaps the most obvious theological issue is that of the abuses of science, such as gunpowder and warfare.
Overall the book was an easy read. The font size is rather large and the book is just over 200 pages. My major criticism is that the book reads and feel very samey in that the story itself is hardly unique. Anyone familiar with `The Secret Garden', `Narnia' or any of McGrath's theological treaties will easily see where McGrath's inspiration was drawn from. Nevertheless, the book is still one you'll want to read to your kids - and I'm positive that your kids will still enjoy it.Read more ›
It wasn't that bad but it seemed an already told and retold story. Easy going and at times absorbing.
Very exquisitely rendered the pictures even on an ipod touch.
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