Genre: Christian Science-Fiction/Horror
Originality – 5/5
Writing Style – 5/5
Plot – 5/5
Characters – 5/5
Aesthetics – 2/5
Imagine if someone found Jesus’ tomb. He wouldn’t be there, of course, but would His grave clothes still be there? Could you get a sample of DNA from His blood stains or a skin particle? What if you could make a clone of Jesus’ body? What would Satan do with that cloned body?
Melissa Levi explores these questions in her supernatural suspense novel, Synthetic Soul. Besides the cloning concept, you’ll find some big pretty surprises, absolutely great human characters, and a strong message of conversion and total reliance on God.
There were a few trouble spots with the book, including a couple of situations where the Christian characters in the story are shown to be doing wrong things (destroying human embryos and setting off bombs) in order to achieve a right end. And as with any book of this nature, there is a good bit of speculative theology that you may not agree with. Just remember that this is a work of fiction and don’t get too hung up on the theological stuff. Finally, Melissa’s writing is often very poignant and artistic, but unfortunately, whoever edited and proofread her work did an incredibly horrible job. There are typos, spelling mistakes, and awkward punctuation on every page that really bring down the book’s professional appeal.
Still, Synthetic Soul is a brilliant concept and an enjoyable read that fully deserves a recommendation of Excellent. I will look forward to the sequel and to any other works Melissa may have planned for us.
Synthetic Soul is available from Tate Publishing.
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