Green by Ted Dekker
I finally finished plowing through Green by Ted Dekker, “Book Zero” of the Circle Series, which is billed as a prequel and final sequel. I’d argue it works solely as a finale and only makes sense if you read all of his other related books such as The Lost Books YA fiction series and Showdown, Saint, and Sinner. I’ve only read Showdown and Saint, so I get the feeling I missed quite a bit.
Lots of people absolutely love the Circle Series, and I’d like to be one of them. But I’m just not anymore. I read Black, Red, and White a long time ago, and I don’t remember being riveted the way some people have described. However, Green is a different animal from the rest of the series, and I have specific reasons for disliking it.
First, I’m not a fan of blood. I faint when I get blood drawn (or just normal vaccinations), bloody fight scenes in movies make me queasy, and I hate the whole idea of vampires. There’s blood all over the place in Green. Seriously, if he can throw blood on it, Dekker completely splatters it in crimson.
Second, Dekker definitely has a taste for, nay, a fascination, with the macabre. If you have read Showdown, Adam, Boneman’s Daughters, or Skin, you probably know what I mean. One of the most vivid images I retain from reading Dekker’s novels is a cruel villain yanking out a person’s eyeballs. Green is full of such images.
Third, the story was poorly executed. The allegory fell apart after a few chapters, the characters were not relatable, and the plot was forced. Sorry if that sounds harsh, but Dekker is capable of far better.
Last, the ending made me mad. I finished the book and threw it across the room (into the couch. Didn’t want to hurt a borrowed book). If I tried to explain why it made me mad, I’d probably ruin it.
I don’t usually write a negative review, but I did not like Green. Sorry, Ted.