Empyrion: The Search for Fierra by Stephen R. Lawhead


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Empyrion: The Search for Fierra is a book which my husband recommended.  It’s an older book, but one he enjoyed as a young man.  Now it’s my turn to enjoy it!


Orion Treet is hired to take part in a mission to check on the status of a space colony which has been established by a private company.  Three others are a part of the team and they successfully locate the colony on a far distant planet, but something has gone horribly wrong.  Not only have they arrived in the wrong time period, but they’ve also stumbled into a dystopia.  Their reception is less than ideal, and they must find a way to escape and find the Fieri, the other group of human descendants.  Can they find the answers to what went wrong and make things right again?

My thoughts:

I liked this book a lot more than I expected to.  It’s a unique story about how a human society develops, removed from the influences of Earth.  The setting is interesting and the supporting characters are unique, if a bit odd at times.  Yarden, Treet’s love interest, is definitely an enigma.  The end of the book segues into the next, when Treet continues his mission to keep Fierra safe.  I left out a lot of details, but I didn’t want to totally ruin the story for you.  It’s more fun to discover Empyrion for yourself.  🙂

I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series, but it will probably have to wait a little while.  We’re scheduled to move in a few days and I don’t want to tote library books along with us!

I recommend this book to teen and adult fans of science fiction.  It’s a unique and entertaining adventure story, which I think you’ll really enjoy.

Favorite quotes:

“Treet had to admit that he did indeed like living; it was, after all, one of the things that made life so worthwhile.” (p.2)

“To be alive and know you were dying and know too there was nothing you could do about it, thought Treet in one of his lucid moments, was surely the worst trick of a whole universe full of lousy tricks.” (p.343)

Possible Objections:

  • A little violence
  • A bit of bad language
  • Religious commentary (There is a distinct good vs. evil undertone to the book, which can easily be ascribed a Christian influence.)

Rating: 4 Stars

Until next time…



The Giver – Movie 2014

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Since I’m a big fan of The Giver, I wanted to check out the movie adaptation of the book.  Meryl Streep plays the Chief Elder, and Jeff Bridges the Giver.

I’d say that the movie follows the book quite well, though there are some parts that have been changed and/or expanded.   The Chief Elder’s role and personality have been more fully developed.  Fiona is said to have volunteered most in the Nurturing Center (with the babies), when in the book it was actually with the old.  Asher’s career path is also changed–he becomes a drone pilot.  Jonas’ journey in  leaving the community has been expanded and changed a bit.  There are many other subtle changes to the story that I don’t really need to go into here.

The way in which the memories are transmitted was also changed, but I thought it was for the better.  It always seemed a little creepy to me that Jonas had to take his shirt off and lie face down on The Giver’s bed to receive the memories.

I liked the look of the movie.  It starts out in black and white, as the people in the community see things.  As the movie progresses, colors start to appear until it’s all in color.  I also thought the acting was pretty good.

If you’re a fan of the book, you’ll probably enjoy the movie.  Don’t look for an exact duplicate of the story, though.  The movie does its job of raising the question of the value of experience and memory in shaping who we are.  It made my eyes leak at the end.

Possible Objections:

  • We see an elephant being shot.
  • There is a war scene with people being shot.  It isn’t really gory, but it is disturbing.
  • Jonas’ father is shown euthanizing a baby.  Also quite disturbing.
  • During Jonas’ journey to get past the boundary, Gabe is seen crying and seemingly suffering.  That can be tough to watch.

Rated: PG-13

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

Until next time…