Review: The Obidisan Blade

The Obsidian Blade (The Klaatu Diskos, #1)The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Both fascinating and silly Young Adult Science Fiction. I thought this was a wonderful book with an unusual, different story that kept me turning the pages until about 4/5ths of the way through the book. Then the author brought Jesus or Josua into the story and offered the preposterous idea that the medical experts of another time period were unable to save Jesus. Instead the religious struggle is not really about Christianity, rather it’s about having the ability to control and maneuver time itself. An interesting concept, but one I found too silly to believe. If the world involved was not this one with the North America playing a considerable part in the story, then the premise might have been more believable. In other words, something happening in a universe other than this one.

Nevertheless, the story was strong enough to keep me reading to the end. The idea that mankind could evolve to the point where they were released from their corporeal bodies before they died and were, in a sense, born dead was intriguing.

An interesting aspect of the story is that, even though I would have found it more believable without it, was that the story was placed in a particular and location that seemed real enough Hopewell County, Minnesota as the central location of the entire story and every age or time of the story. Sometimes, this book was quite funny.

I am looking forward to the sequel.

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