Unlike the other reviewers, I had no problems putting this book from time to time. In fact, on its own I would probably only give this two or three stars except for the difficulty the author must have had in imagining the pre-mortal life. He does start the book off with a warning that this is not doctrine and he did have to take some creative liberties, some of which he outlined right at the beginning. With that warning in place, it did help me to accept the world that Chris Stewart created. The world we might have come from before coming to the one we are on now.
The story is pretty simple and really predictable. What I really wish the author had done better was making us understand some of the temptations that people had to go through. I'd like to see why some decided to choose one way and others to choose another. They did point out a couple of things, such as choosing Satan in hopes of gaining power and prestige, but they never really showed why people chose Christ. There was just no mental anguish in the decision making and this led to a lot of disbelief. The one character who might have gone through this never had his story told from his point of view, and I just thought it was a missed opportunity.
But the biggest annoyance in this book was the dialog. The conversation in this book made sure they hit some of the bigger issues and concerns but it just seemed so unnatural and too guided by the author.
But in the end, it did make me wish for more and gave me a desire to pick up the second book to find out further what will happen. And any book that makes you want to do that is a good book.
The best scene in this book was the opening scene. Oddly enough, it was the only scene that takes place on this earth. It starts with a military funeral and was the only part of the book that brought me close to tears.
So, if you are looking for doctrine then I'd not suggest this book. This is complete fiction. However, if you are looking for some entertainment and something to make you ponder what you might have gone through before coming here, then pick up this book.