I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Tyndale House Publishers. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.The Delusion by Laura Gallier
Published by Tyndale House Publishers, Incorporated on 2017
Genres: Christian, Fiction, Paranormal, Sci-Fi
Source: Tyndale House Publishers
By March of Owen Edmonds's senior year, eleven students at Masonville High School have committed suicide. Amid the media frenzy and chaos, Owen tries to remain levelheaded--until he endures his own near-death experience and wakes to a distressing new reality.
The people around him suddenly appear to be shackled and enslaved.
Owen frantically seeks a cure for what he thinks are crazed hallucinations, but his delusions become even more sinister. An army of hideous, towering beings, unseen by anyone but Owen, are preying on his girlfriend and classmates, provoking them to self-destruction.
Owen eventually arrives at a mind-bending conclusion: he's not imagining the evil--everyone else is blind to its reality. He must warn and rescue those he loves . . . but this proves to be no simple mission. Will he be able to convince anyone to believe him before it's too late?
Owen's heart-pounding journey through truth and delusion will force him to reconsider everything he believes. He both longs for and fears the answers to questions that are quickly becoming too dangerous to ignore.
I just have to say it. If Frank Peretti and Dean Koontz came together and wrote an episode of ‘Paranormal State’ it would be this book. Take something straight from the paranormal realm that is so encompassing that it legit could happen and view it from the Christian perspective. That’s this book. Demons and angels and the battle for humanity. Sometimes it feels like it’s a topic that Christian authors shy away from. Not only did this book tackle a universally tough subject of spiritual warfare but did so in a young adult book. This book is potentially a spring board for topics like suicide, mental health, promiscuity, family relationships, and even friendship. Obviously, if you haven’t read the synopsis (and why haven’t you?!?) you realize this book needs a ginormous trigger warning for many of the above mentioned reasons. It might not be the right book for all readers and may not be the right fit to tackle these topics with all readers as well.
The characters were developed and believable but I felt like there was a lack of depth. I think the author attempted to build the struggle with life choices into the characters but it fell a smidge flat. I think trying to show that from the point of view of only Owen played into that. I would also have loved additional explanation of the Creepers and the Watchers. I feel like while the spiritual realm was explored their was an absence of God. God, even salvation, was mentioned but I felt like there was a lack of understanding in how it all fit together. Owen, in his journey to Christ, missed opportunities to show that side of the story. These weren’t big enough to alter my rating because again, I think this tackles important issues for today’s youth.
Needless to say I really did enjoy this book. But then again I love Frank Peretti. And I love Dean Koontz. And there were a few really intriguing episodes of Paranormal State (it was series on A&E back a decade ago or so) that dealt with the idea of demons and angels. Not from a Christian perspective of course but still. I read the synopsis of this book a couple of times before I knew it was meant for me. I wasn’t sure. I think we all feel that way when it comes to the tough topics and things beyond our grasp. I went back to it over and over though until I knew it was right. It was the right choice of the right book at the right time. And I know it will be that for other readers as well.