Safely Home by Randy Alcorn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wow. This book was absolutely wonderful, and very easily one of the best "serious" fiction books I have read in a while.
I'm not going to give a whole overview because I don't want to spoil it.
While I could see some of the plot twists coming, there were others that I didn't see. The central characters were all well-rounded, and China, the government, etc. all felt very real. The contrast between the American, Ben, and the Chinese, Quan, was quite marked in mannerisms and such. I liked the contrast.
The sections of the book that were written from the perspectives of the Chinese characters had a distinctive feel to them, due to the way those sections were phrased, the similies and analogies used, and the thought processes of the characters. The tones in those parts of the book felt distinctively Asian, and that added a lot of personality to the novel.
It was a great way to convey what the Underground Church in China is experiencing. I almost cried, and would've felt like something was wrong with me if I hadn't.
If I could give it 10 stars, I would. I highly recommend it. Read it--you won't regret it.
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