June 26, 2008

Red by Ted Dekker

Red is the second book of the Circle Trilogy, following Black. In this book, Thomas Hunter continues to struggle with trying to figure out how he can live in both realities at the same time. There is also a new struggle in one world and an elevated crisis in the world like our own.

Of the three books in the trilogy, this one is my favorite. The reason that it is my favorite is because of a new character, Justin. I don’t feel like I can go into this further without giving it all away. If you just have to know what I liked about it, then highlight the text below “Spoiler Alert.” If you plan on reading the books, I recommend that you don't read that part.

In the world like ours, the virus has now been released. The threat of death within 3 weeks is no longer a possibility, but a reality. Thomas plays an important role in getting the message across to the governments of the world and now faces immediate death as those who have released the virus want him dead.

In the world of the colored forest, everything has changed. The original forests are dead, so the people have to take residence around lakes where there still remains trees (though these are not colorful ones). All humans now face a disease that cracks the skin, dulls the eyes, and warps the mind. There is no cure, but the disease can be treated by bathing once a day in the waters of the lakes. Those that choose not to do so, become desert-dwellers living a nomadic lifestyle, constantly fighting the forest people in battle.

This book is the reason why I wanted to reread the entire trilogy. They are fairly fast reads (as you can't put them down!) and are full of suspense!

Spoiler Alert

The coolest thing about this series is the character Justin. Since everything is told from Thomas's point of view, Justin is painted in a very negative light. While is one of the forest people, he often spends days at a time in the desert with the horde. He gave up fighting and says radical things that seem to contradict the Great Romance, the religion of the forest people.

The first time I read it, I totally bought into the Justin is a bad guy thing. Towards the end of the book when they are about to put Justin to death for blasphemy, it is revealed that he is Elyon (God). He is the type of Jesus in this story, whose death allows for the life of others. At this point I realized that if I had been alive in the days of Jesus, I probably would have thought he was a blasphemer, not God. Powerful.


  1. I've read a few books by Ted Dekker and enjoyed them. I think I'll have to check out this series.

  2. The Circle Trilogy are my favorite Dekker books (that I've read so far), by a long shot. I've never tried to distinguish them and choose a favorite from within the series, though.

  3. I've always enjoyed suspense and I think Ted Dekker's books are great. I would love to read this.
    Carol M
    mittens0831 AT aol.com

  4. I just read your review on the first book in this trilogy and now I'm really interested! I hear more and more about this author and I'm going to have to stock up on his books. Thanks!


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