Friday, January 13, 2017

Beyond The Mist by Ben Zwycky

Beyond The Mist

Paperback: 186 pages
Publisher: Sci Phi Productions ()
ISBN-13: 978-0994516312
Kindle: 6324 KB
Publisher: Sci Phi Productions (January 4, 2016)
Complimentary review copy
Available on Amazon

Mysterious Journey of Self-Discovery

I got a review copy of this months ago, and it somehow slipped between the cushions of my virtual sofa. I finally started reading it yesterday, and didn't put it down until I was done. I just had to keep reading one page more to find out where the main character would end up.

It's an unusual science fiction story. It starts out with the main character floating in an endless mist, with no memory of who he is and no idea where he is. This is a start of a journey through a strange, obviously non-Earth world. He keeps getting presented with choices to remain or risk going on. It's very much a Pilgrim's Progress kind of journey, and for the first few pages I was afraid it would get cheesy. But instead it stayed an adventure, with the last third turning into a mystery.

This is a good story, with great world-building, and subtle Christian themes. I really liked that I can read it strictly for the story, and later I can think about the moral themes and questions it raises.

By the way, Beyond the Mist is illustrated - there are four colorful digital paintings that show up in the text, in the style of the book cover. That and the fact that it's a clean read, no graphic sex or excessive gore, makes me think it would be a good read for Middle School & Young Adult, as well as adult, readers.

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