12 Feb

GreenAuthor: Ted Dekker

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: 2009

Paperback: 416 pages

Book Blurb:

As foretold by ancient prophets, an apocalypse destroyed Earth during the twenty-first century. But two thousand years later Elyon set upon the earth a new Adam. This time, however, he gave humanity an advantage. What was once unseen became seen. It was good and it was called…Green.

But the evil Teeleh bided his time in a Black Forest. Then, when least expected, a twenty-four year old named Thomas Hunter fell asleep in our world and woke up in that future Black Forest. A gateway was opened for Teeleh to ravage the land. Devastated by the ruin, Thomas Hunter and his Circle swore to fight the dark scourge until their dying death.

That was then. Now the Circle has lost all hope. And Samuel, Thomas Hunter’s cherished son, has turned his back on his father and is aligning dark forces to wage the final war. Thomas is crushed–but determined to rescue the Circle and his son even if he has to cross two worlds to do so.

Stand alone or series: Fourth in The Circle series, they also consider it book zero, but don’t listen.

Why I read this book: I loved The Circle series! There was no way I was not going to read this book.


So I like the theory behind having a book zero. It completes the circle, which is fitting for The Circle series. However, in actuality it doesn’t work. Please, I repeat, please do not read Green first. I know it says book zero so numerically that’s before one, but just don’t do it. The novel was written forth and should be read fourth. Here’s why: If you read this novel first and it will give away all the main plot points of the other three books. It will take the suspense away because you already know what is going to happen. Suspense is the fuel these books run on, plot is highly important. If you take those away, as you will by reading this book first, you will find your experience significantly lessened.

Also, if you take this book as it’s intended, that it completes the loop and the same story plays out over and over again, quite honestly that’s disappointing. It means nothing changes. And you’ll end this novel hoping that it does.

It’s difficult for me to focus on the content of this novel because I couldn’t get past how misleading this book zero could be. The first three novels worked seamlessly together as one piece. This novel stuck out like a sore thumb. While the characters are the same, the plot is entirely separate from the other three. Yet it references the plotline of the other three frequently, it also references the Lost Books series—the teen series Ted Dekker wrote that was set in this world. It seemed the story was often lost in its own complicated world plotting. I just kept thinking, I’m not sure how much of this would make sense if I hadn’t already read the 3 Circle books and the 7 Lost Books novels. And I’m sorry I’m being so vague and convoluted when it comes to the plot, but if I were clear I would give away important plot points from this novel and the previous novels.

It was also significantly darker than the other novels. The new characters, Janae and Billy, leave a bitter taste that made me not want to read this before bed. I was so lost in all of these things that I’m not sure if I enjoyed it or not. Perhaps if you don’t overthink it as I did, you might be able to enjoy the latest edition of the world Ted Dekker can’t seem to leave. Otherwise I would say take the Circle series as it was originally intended—as a trilogy.


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