By Laura Gallier
Published by Tyndale
Okay, Confession time. I’m chicken little when it comes to seeing scary movies and books. I would have never chosen to read a book with such a creepy cover. I was sent this book by the publisher. Since this novel was written for a YA audience I thought I’d peek inside. I read the first page then the next. It wasn’t too graphic so I kept going. Kind of reminded me of Frank Peretti’s novels that rocked my world. This author did the same. She gives readers a whole new perspective on the spiritual battle for our souls in this debut fiction novel; she lifts the veil to reveal the chains that bind us. I was startled when Owen sees them on his mom. The shackles were heavy. Owen saw how they were personalized. No two the same.
Owen’s high school is plagued with a string of suicides; twelve to be exact. Owen and the other students can’t believe this is happening. Desperate for answers Owen runs into a man who claims someone is plotting these suicides. Owen thinks this guys lost it but he follows him anyway.
Owen is led to believe that if he drinks from this old well the man will give him the answers he seeks. After he drinks the man disappears. Owen’s world is shaken – he starts to feel sick. He can’t believe the scary images he sees around him. He says, “I was trapped in a demented universe- a real-life zombie apocalypse undetected by everyone but me….I didn’t know if it was real or imagined, and I couldn’t decide which was worse.”
As Owen gets about town, he realizes there is a heavy concentration of creepers at his school and not anywhere else. He feels trapped until he spots a girl at school who has no chains. She actually glows with a radiant light. He wants to talk to her about why she has no chains. But she couldn’t see things the way he does. For now, he’d quietly enjoys watching the power she had over the darkness. He thinks, “I got a kick out of watching creepers scatter like cockroaches scurrying from a spotlight to avoid crossing paths with my new prom date. Thin and fragile as she was in the material world, in the alternate dimension, Ray Anne was like a Jedi.”
This book will help readers see into the darkness and get a glimpse at the ways we might speak things into existence. At the same time, the author shows that there is power in the word of God. As it says in Hebrews 4:12 (NIV) “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
This book is being made into a movie. The trailer I watched takes place right after Owen drinks from the old well. He rushes home to tell his mom everything that’s going on with him and stops everything when she enters his room. He’s freaking out at how she looks. His mom gets upset with him about his behavior. She thinks he’s on drugs. Owen realizes the dog barks because can see the same things he does. I’m glad the trailer was short. I couldn’t watch any more. I’m thankful for the book; no way am I brave enough to watch this movie on the big screen. Watch the trailer if you dare! Either way, the book is a must read. I look forward to reading more by this author.
ABOUT AUTHOR LAURA GALLIER. She says – “Hi ya’ll! Now you know I’m from Texas, but you may not know that I’m an author and speaker who recently took a leap out of the non-fiction world to write my first novel, THE DELUSION.
I discourage you from reading this book – that is until you’re ready to consider the haunting real-life implications and you’re prepared to start a book you’ll feel the need to finish in one sitting. A quick glance at the book reviews and you’ll see, people find it nearly impossible to put down and even harder to put out of their minds.
Plans are well underway to bring THE DELUSION to the big screen! Be sure and watch the teaser video posted on YouTube (http://youtu.be/KYsDGhHoVF8).”
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Wow! Sounds intriguing!
It’s a powerful read. The author will be releasing the sequel soon. It’s titled The Deception. It starts where this one leaves off!