The Fourth Kingdom (review)

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I decided to spend some time this summer reading just for fun. The “Fiction” folder on my Kindle has been a great source of books for this.

I download Kindle editions throughout the year when they catch my eye for whatever reason. When I get around to reading them, I often don’t remember when I got them or why. The Fourth Kingdom by Alexandra and Joyce Swann is one such.
The Fourth KingdomThe Fourth Kingdom by Joyce Swann

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In The Fourth Kingdom the Swanns combine a world of genetic engineering and cloning with a couple of brilliant professors, some Nazi Germany diehards, and a Christian home-school family to craft a dystopian world that pits evil against good—the New Mexican Doppelganger Center versus Missouri’s Cornucopia; Dr. Karl Helmick versus Dr. Alexander Sinclair; Helmick’s son Josef versus the Sinclairs’ twins Joshua and Jarrod. As unnamed but palpable evil advances on the Sinclairs we sense this will be a fight to the death.

The plot is a combination of science fiction and biblical prophecy. It drew me in to a world that I found both fascinating (for its scientific possibilities) and repulsive (for its potential for ruthless badness).

Though the writing was clumsy in some places (heavy-handed description, dialogue laced with backstory that sometimes devolved into outright lecture), I quite enjoyed this book’s black-and-white characters, speculative setting, and surprising story line.

The Fourth Kingdom ends with several loose ends yet to tie up. The Force, Book 2 in the two-book The Kingdom Chronicles series, beckons.

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Therapy Chair – Photo by Laura Purdie Salas.

Katniss’s Dilemma

Dentist’s office?
Therapy gym?
Or Capitol creation
that tears limb from limb?

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In the land of Panem, it’s not only the Hunger Games arena that is hazardous with booby traps!

0002qcgcPoetry Friday LogoThis is my response to Laura Purdie Salas’s 15-words-or-less image/poem challenge (“Man or Machine?)  from yesterday (December 5th). It’s linked to Poetry Friday, hosted today on Life at the Deckle Edge by Robyn Hood Black, one of PF’s divas of haiku.