Everything we have been taught about Eve is wrong—she didn’t cause the fall of man. Instead, Eve carried a far more devastating secret for millennia; one that will change the world forever.
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The Thirteenth Guardian
Series: not yet named
Author: K. M. Lewis
Publication Date: June 7, 2019
Publisher: self publish
Page Count: 295
Genre: Science Fiction, Apocalyptic
Cover Artist: -
My Rating: ★★★
I received a copy of this book via BookSirens in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.
All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.
Content Warning: Death and destruction (by natural disasters)
”Could the true story of the Garden of Eden be completely different from what we have been taught? Did Michelangelo conceal the same ancient knowledge in his Sistine Chapel painting? That something happened, causing Adam to lose his knowledge, and Eve is desperately trying to get him to regain his memory. That truth would have completely changed the world.”
Welcome to The Da Vinci Code 2.0! [Book:The Thirteenth Guardian] is an apocalyptic action-packed ride from start to finish! If one were to combine the plagues on Egypt from Exodus in The Holy Bible, The Da Vinci Code, and sprinkled in an essence of The War of the Worlds, they would get this book.
Life on Earth rapidly declines as a series of natural disasters whip across the continents. Waters rise, cities disappear, and gaping fissures appear in the Earth’s surface. People from all over the world are affected, and quickly learn that things are only going to get worse. The Thirteenth Guardian is incredibly detailed and immersive. There is no time wasted as the plot speeds forward from page one. The story is told from the perspective of several different characters, all experiencing the natural phenomena as they happen. Each character eventually have important roles in the events to come.
There is so much going on and information in this book that it felt like I was constantly being pushed through the story by a tidal wave, and not allowed a moment to sink into the depths of the story. I think a lot of what is included here–the very technical aspects, in particular–are well done. With all this technicality, there isn’t much time spent with the characters. The reader is told how they are, but never gets a chance to walk with them and learn who they are. I wanted to see examples of their personalities and growth throughout, and not be told who they are. Moreover, these characters aren’t very realistic. Everyone is attractive, very successful, and seem to be the perfect human specimens (ironically as that is).
She tried to ignore the fact that his rugged good looks gave her goosebumps.
I mean, it’s fine if someone is attractive. But…it makes it difficult to relate as the reader when the characters are all the “best” in every sense of the word. Personally, there wasn’t a single character that I really cared about, which made it a tough read.
They turned to superstition and religious texts that prophesied signs in the sky and the destruction of the Earth in the last days.
But despite what group most people fell into, it simply did not feel real. In their hearts, most people were scared by what they saw in the sky, but also felt like it could not possibly be “the end”–a sort of mass cognitive dissonance. As terrifying as it was, it was too big to comprehend, so most chose to keep living as normal a life as they could, ignoring the feeling of hopeless despair that would not escape them.
Here comes my biggest qualm with this book: it’s goal is to debunk faith and religion. So, I’m not letting this affect my overall rating of this book, because it is a work of fiction. I think if I were to take this book literally, then it’d be the worst possible rating I could give, as it tries to undermine the validity and importance religion–specifically Christianity–has in the world today. Not to mention, the importance it has to millions, if not billions of individuals. As a Christian, it’s infuriating to read a book that tries to do this sort of thing and give it a skewed name. However, as I stated before, this is fiction–imagination at play. I’m not here to just rant about this, soI’ll set this argument aside for the most part. A point that aligns with this idea of religion that does need addressing is the idea of morality. In a situation like this where there is essentially no such thing as religion, where, praytell me, do morals stem from? It could be so simple for these characters to tip the scales to the negative and use it for their purpose and advantage (as some have in the past) solely.
It’s hard to foresee where this story will go as it will eventually be a trilogy. As things like time travel and exploration of other worlds has been referenced, the options are literally endless. I think the idea behind this story is creative, and definitely took a lot of time to cultivate.
Sexual content: None.
Violence: In concept, yes, as the entire Earth is effected by the disasters in this book. Nothing is explicitly described though.
My Rating: ★★★