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(Book #1 in The Antithesis series)
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Author: Terra Whiteman
Publisher: 1889 Labs (July 12, 2011)
Genre: Dark, Fantasy, Dystopian, Philosophical, Sci Fi, Speculative, 450 pages
Justice Alezair Czynri is the newest recruit of the Jury, a group of powerful beings who reside in Purgatory and enforce the Code between Heaven and Hell. However, Justice Czynri could not have come at a worse time. A storm lays just over the horizon…
One that brings with it a war.
This is a story about God and the Devil, but not how you were taught to believe.
This is also a story about love and hate, and the suffering both can bring.
This is about rights and wrongs, and all of the spaces in between.
This is about revenge, courage, death, passion; with no villains, no heroes… only those left scorned.
This is a story about Heaven, Hell, and the Jury that holds them together.
This is The Antithesis.
This book is definitely different from what I was expecting. First off, I was very hesitant about reading this one, because I'm not a big fan of the cover and then I read the summary and thought "Heaven and Hell?... ahh, I don't know about all that" I'm not big on reading books with religion in it, but this book was a surprise. This book definitely doesn't just involve religion, there is a lot of scientific knowledge thrown in there as well. Hell, your main character is a physicist who lives in Purgatory. Heaven and Hell, you pretty much have your Demons and your Angels, but, it's thrown at you like a business/militia type format. Everyone has a boss and everyone reports to that boss. The Demons and Angels are in a contest. This contest was struck up by the Lucifer, leader of the Demons and Yahweh, leader of the Angels. Lucifer and Yahweh have come to an agreement that they don't want to have another war brewing between both sides, therefore the contest is created. Tallies mark up on souls to each side and in the end one side will win. There are codes and rules, and these codes and rules cannot be broken, which is where our main character Alizair comes into play. Alizair is a Judge in this contest along with his commander/boss Leid and Leids' other two guardians Adrial and Zhevraine. These four are Judges of the contest and intercept when needed.
I liked that this book throws you off to what we all think we know and learned about religion and our beliefs (whatever they may be). I also like the idea of Judges and rules and everything that goes on this book, definitely different. I didn't like that I felt I couldn't keep up with the characters. There were so many characters being thrown at you. I had to try and remember the names and who was who.
This book is definitely something else. It captured my eye from the beginning and kept me hooked until the end. I would definitely recommend this book. Even if you're not big on books with or hinting religion, I'm telling you, this book is good and definitely worth the read. You're thrown into this whole different world, where what we know (or think we know) about Heaven and Hell, is completely different from this world that Terra Whiteman has opened up for us. This book is part of a series and I can't wait to read the next book in this series!