4.5 out of 5 Stars
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As a boy, Malik watched an army of religious zealots swarm his home town, slaughtering his people and running his beloved grandfather through with a black sword. Nine years later, Malik still believes there’s peace…somewhere. At least that’s what he tells himself as his body is ripped apart by whips at a conversion camp. That’s what his best friend whispers as he frantically creates new force technology and jetpacks to rescue Malik. Yet when war bursts through the skies and the sky troopers, assassins, and heroes fall, when the world comes crashing down, Malik Zzoha stands amidst the sands to lead a band of friends and revolutionaries to face his tyrannical, zealot father, determined to free the people he loves.
“If war has taught me anything, it’s that things always go to crud 99% of the time.”
Okay…. Too soon after reading this book to be writing a review, and I hope that I don’t offend TOO many people! Two things that I try to stay out of in my life are Politics (if you’ve looked through my blog, you’ve seen how good THAT has gone!!) and Religion. Well, lucky me… this book was RIFE WITH BOTH!!
Now, I mean this in the best of ways. Set in a “futuristic world” which was built MAGNIFICENTLY! This world was something that we could all relate to. I think the only issue that I had with this book was that it all felt too real which will probably make some people uncomfortable, as… it’s not a pretty mirror to look into.
A man has stepped up to take the throne as everyone’s “god”, he has his soldiers, led by Malik’s father, instill his will on others. This, of course, includes murdering all of the naysayers, or anyone caught doing ANYTHING for that matter! ..Hell, I’d be worried to be caught jaywalking in this society!! (is that a Canadian thing??) . Women are thought of as inferior beings and are forced to keep their mouths shut and their faces covered (seriously, is any of this sounding vaguely familiar??)
“Any that talk about wanting peace should always be taken with a large grain of salt, because it usually takes a war and many deaths to get there.”
Now, trying hard not to make this into a “But I digress..” about religion, but the thing that I loved about this book was that everyone thinks they’re right! They all think that their particular “god” will save them. It reminded me of a story:
“A man was trapped in his house during a flood. He began praying to God to rescue him. He had a vision in his head of God’s hand reaching down from heaven and lifting him to safety. The water started to rise in his house. His neighbour urged him to leave and offered him a ride to safety. The man yelled back, “I am waiting for God to save me.” The neighbour drove off in his pick-up truck.
The man continued to pray and hold on to his vision. As the water began rising in his house, he had to climb up to the roof. A boat came by with some people heading for safe ground. They yelled at the man to grab a rope they were ready to throw and take him to safety. He told them that he was waiting for God to save him. They shook their heads and moved on.
The man continued to pray, believing with all his heart that he would be saved by God. The flood waters continued to rise. A helicopter flew by and a voice came over a loudspeaker offering to lower a ladder and take him off the roof. The man waved the helicopter away, shouting back that he was waiting for God to save him. The helicopter left. The flooding water came over the roof and caught him up and swept him away. He drowned.
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Juan Zapata is a senior at Alabama A&M, expected to graduate December 2018. He majors in Criminal Justice and is a member of the AAMU Honors Program. Born in Mexico, Juan came to the United States at four years old. When he is not writing, Juan likes to play For Honor and pretend he’s a knight, laughing with happiness at his victories and nearly having aneurisms when defeated.
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