I’m not usually a fan of “Christian fiction” as a genre, but then again, Dekker himself challenges the use of that term to describe his writing. Last week I actually re-read the trilogy — the books are individually titled “Black“, “Red“, and “White” — in anticipation of a new, fourth book, “Green“, released last week, that is supposed to bring the story “full circle”. It will still be known as a “trilogy”, because Dekker is calling this fourth book, “Book Zero”.
This is probably the best piece of allegorical fiction I’ve ever read, while simultaneously being a page-turning thriller in the typical Ted Dekker style. The main character, Thomas Hunter, gets a bump on the head, at which point he wakes up in an alternate world. Every time he falls asleep in one world, he wakes up in the other. There is lots of action in both realities, and Thomas is the key to saving both worlds through knowledge received in the other. While the story itself is fascinating, the real treasure here is his depiction of the history of salvation that is worked out through the “alternate” reality, where metaphorical themes from the Bible become tangible. Highly recommended, and I can’t wait for my copy of “Green” to arrive!
You can purchase “The Circle Trilogy” here.