Green Latest Novel from Ted Dekker

Green is the latest novel from popular Christian author Ted Dekker which released on September 1 and has been on the NY Time Best Selling List for the past three weeks. The promo materials say you could start the series with Black or with Green, that both books would serve as launching points into the series. Wrong.
I didn’t know the back story to Green as it is the only book from the Circle Series I have read. It is supposed to be the “story behind the saga” told in Black, Red and White, but since I didn’t know who the characters were or what they had been through and/or accomplished in the other books, I wasn’t invested in them, and I didn’t become invested in them from reading Green. I doubt I will read the other books in the series.
It wasn’t that I didn’t like the story. This could have been a compelling look at the period after a great apocalypse where the followers of Elyon are in a battle for both their lives and their souls. I think if I had read the other books in the series first and known more about the characters and what brought them to the period covered in Green – I suspect then I WOULD have found the book fairly compelling.
However, I can’t review a book on might-haves and could-haves. Green does not read well alone or as the first book in this series. If you want to read the Circle Series, I would strongly suggest you start with Black which I have to believe is the “real” beginning. Then you might have a feel for the characters which you don’t fully get with Green. Green is doing well on the Best Seller’s List, so that indicates the other books were good.
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