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New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker teams with Tosca Lee to create this gripping thriller set in a desolate future.

Many years have passed since civilization's brush with apocalypse. The world's greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace... and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for centuries: Every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity.

Fleeing pursuit, with only moments to live, a young man named Rom stumbles into possession of a vial of blood and a piece of cryptic writing. When consumed, the blood will bring him back to life. When decoded, the message will lead him on a perilous journey that will require him to abandon everything he has ever known and awaken humanity to the transforming power of true life and love.

But the blood will also resurrect hatred, ambition, and greed.

Set in a terrifying, medieval future, where grim pageantry masks death, this tale of dark desires and staggering stakes peels back the layers of the heart for all who dare to take the ride.
Publisher: New York : Center Street, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781599953540
Characteristics: 376 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lee, Tosca Moon


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Jan 26, 2018

Ted Dekker is one of my favorite authors, and Tosca Lee has fantastic imagery, but this book just didn't grab me. I don't know if it's just how bleak the world is supposed to be, or how gritty some of the violence is, but the story kind of repelled me. I saw it through, and found some redeeming qualities, such as the relationship between a few of the characters. Or, how (to me) some of the allegories work towards spiritual themes. But overall, I just had a really hard time with it. I don't know if I'll read the rest of the series or not...

Feb 28, 2016

This is not a genre that I would normally read. Post-apoptalitic stories are not my interest. But when I read the story line and read many of the reviews here on Goodreads, it struck my interest and I thought I would give it a read. I am glad that I followed my interest. Very glad.

The story line is well developed, drawing you in and keeping your interest throughout the whole story. Though it is futuristic, it captivating, intriguing, and very suspenseful. The authors keep the story alive continuously throughout the whole story. From the beginning you are drawn into the story and held captive to the story. The ending is quite well done, begging you, (better yet, setting you up) for the next book in the trilogy.

Without spoiling the story, the bases of the book is a civilization without emotions except fear. When some of the characters obtain emotions, the authors do a wonderful job explaining the experiences these people have never before experienced; emotions, beginning to feel and deal with their ups and downs. I found it quite intriguing the depth and detail these experiences were brought out to readers who have these emotions. This, in my opinion, made the story so believable and kept me going.

The characters are wonderfully developed. There faults and challenges, failures, doubts, success draw you into them, making them real. I would go onto say that this is quite an emotional book. Emotional in the sense of experiencing the complexities of emotions and feelings the characters deal with, are confounded by, and embrace while at the same time fear. You become engulfed in the story and the characters, making a wonderful story you just want to go with all the way.

This is a very interesting story plot, full of intrigue, plotting for power, assassination, cut throat politics, and all the other elements to provide a well written and interesting book. I highly recommend this book, and am off to start the second of the three.

Feb 20, 2015

Kind of boring, read half of it, ,,

ketterki56 Apr 30, 2013

Love all of his books. No matter what book it is, he has a message. I have read many. His website is awesome take a look

Feb 26, 2013

i wanted to like it, and i found it to long winded to get into. frankly i found the concept good, but the writing i just was not into wading through

Jul 11, 2012

Very well written, can't wait to open the next book. Full of suspense and intrigue.

red_raven_26 Jul 06, 2012

Love Love Love this book! Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee did an amazing job writing this. I especially enjoyed the aspect of fantasy and the very interesting characters in this book. There was so much suspense and twists in the story that it made it impossible to put the book down! Overall this was a great read. :)

Jan 18, 2012

This was a pretty good book. The story was really interesting, filled with political intrigue and great characters. I could really get into the characters, and the villains were creepy and made me squirm more than once. My only criticism is that the writing style is repetitive, but aside from that, it was well-written.

Oct 01, 2011

Wow! The characters are so relatable and even saric was humanized well enough for one to have sympathy for him. Jonothan was so innocent and childlike but yet so wise! So many plot twists. The only complaint I have is that mortal doesn't come out until may.


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