This was a great allegory about God and the trials that we enter into as faith is tested. The aliens have the humans enter into the arena where their faith is tested and they grow according the way they act on their faith. I found the first two hundred pages to be a little slow but then it really picked up as Callie's character grew. I enjoyed her progression through the arena and her growth. It was a good read.
I picked this book up off the shelf at my local library because I was bored and needed something to get me through my lunch break. I was depressed and lonely. I had no idea that this book had very strong Christian ties. When I figured it out, I was too far into the book to put it down. This book gave me something I thought I lost...hope. It left me with some valuable words of wisdom "It's not trust if it doesn't look bad"
This is Karen Hancock's debut novel and it is a fantastic first work. The story is a Christian allegory, which may not be obvious to those less familiar with the Bible. The love of God is an ultimate message of the story, and, in my opinion, a powerful one. The romantic elements made the story more interesting to me, and made the book science fiction for women. I highly recommend this book and Hancock's Eidon series as well.