Book of Thomas: Heaven, The

Robert Boyczuk
"The mind is its own place and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven." -John Milton, Paradise Lost In the beginning, the Church ruled all the Spheres of the Apostles. But that was millennia ago, before the origins of this massive, artificial realm were forgotten. Now, drought, plague and war afflict the Spheres that make up the world of Man, fragmenting society into antagonistic sects that carry out ruthless pogroms. A young orphan, Thomas, is thrust into the midst of this upheaval and embarks on a journey to the highest of all Spheres, Heaven. As he struggles through his chaotic, crumbling world, Thomas witnesses cruelty and violence beyond measure-and chances upon unexpected moments of courage and self-sacrifice. In this turmoil, his belief becomes doubt as he is forced to make soul-rending choices between what his faith tells him he should do, and what he must do to survive. The Book of Thomas: Heaven is the unflinching, deeply affecting tale of the battle that reason and religion wage for a boy's soul.

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Reviewed: 2013-06-29
when I first picked up this book and read the back, my thoughts went straight to Canticle for Liebowitz and Anathem, two books I greatly enjoyed and admired. When I got about 100 pages in, I had to add revise my assumption, and add The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant to the mix, which I neither admired nor enjoyed. I thought long about whether I should continue this Thomas, but I was actually already invested and intrigued, so I decided to carry on. The big mystery has not been fully revealed yet -- saving it for book 2 I suppose -- but I have an inkling of where things are going. Nevertheless, I find that I want to see how it turns out.
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