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Revelations (Extinction Point series)

Revelations (Extinction Point series) - Paul Antony Jones The deadly red rains have come and gone (book #1), Emily's journeyed to meet other survivors (book #2), and now she's banded together with the others to try to survive in the strange post-apocalyptic world that is the new reality (book #3).

Do not click the spoiler links if you ever plan to read this series, but please do click it if you've read and would like to discuss!

This book is aptly named "Revelations". The obvious-in-retrospect truth is fantastically interesting and terrifying at the same time; Earth has been terraformed by aliens. But it's the reason that is the most interesting: "God" (for lack of a better term) systematically terraforms planets that are in danger of soon reaching a point that won't support life. The red rain kills off the majority of native lifeforms and new sustainable life grows in its place.

The fun part comes in determining the morality behind it all. Is it ultimately right or wrong? Is it better to let life die out on its own naturally or is the most important thing on a planet to sustain life ... any life? Out with the old, in with the new. Such a Creator God seems more interested in keeping life going no matter what form it takes. It's like ripping out all the old plant life in your yard for a different landscaping plan. Nothing personal.

Jones' God is the epitome of the God of a deist ... the "clockmaker god" who makes the clock and then steps away to let it run itself. And then, when it stops working, he completely rebuilds it from the ground up. Harsh. I love it.

Unlike the first 2 books in the series, this one didn't have me turning the pages feverishly into the wee hours of the morning. The difference was that this book wasn't one of constant peril and terror. While it wasn't as immediately compelling as the first 2 books, it was interesting. I think that if I didn't have a preconceived idea of how fast I should be turning the pages in a Paul Antony Jones novel, I'd have given it 5 stars. It's bad when an author has to compete with himself for star ratings.

Ultimately, I highly recommend this series for those who like post-apocalyptic tales. Jones has a knack for writing that will make you jump when someone taps you on the shoulder while reading. And the revelations in the 3rd novel of the series are extreme. The future of humanity will never be the same. I guess I'll have to wait another year for the 4th book in the series. *sigh*