This is my second P.D. Atkerson book (the first being Phantom Thief), and let me tell you something. This book was great, but it was made especially amazing because of the background knowledge I had from Phantom Thief. I think I shall forever be a Gregory fan.
Characters: So let’s start off with the obvious – Gregory! Seeing him in a different form from the Simon Lee books changed my perspective so much. He reminded me a little bit of Simon, but he wasn’t quite as sarcastic, and he just seemed way more broken. I felt so much for him! I though he was really well done – no, he wasn’t portrayed as innocent in the plot he’d nearly committed, but you could also tell he had been very controlled and manipulated into the person he’d become. And the Winfields! I loved them, especially Jonathan. The way they sacrificially loved this teenage assassin dude was so beautiful and amazing. And Cody was also fun – he was always kind of surprising me with all of the twists and turns of his part of the plot.
Writing Style/Plot: The writing style was really nice – Atkerson has a clear, concise voice that works well with this type of book. And the plot? Wow! The whole idea of Deadlock and Gregory’s past was really interesting, and while there were some moments of action, a lot of quality character development really propelled the plot. The pacing was great, and I don’t think it ever felt like it dragged at all. And, like any good first book in the series, I’m left with questions!
Moral/Theme: The biggest theme this book explored was sacrificial love – love displayed by the Winfields as they dimly reflected Christ’s love. The way they adopted Gregory into their family and forgave him so readily was a beautiful picture of forgiveness. It was great to watch Gregory hear the Gospel, and I’m excited to see how his spiritual journey continues throughout the series.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book! If you’re looking for a clean, fast-paced book, this one’s for you. And I need to get the second one in the very near future – I can’t wait to read more about Gregory!
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