The Book of Thomas: Heaven

The Book of Thomas: Heaven

by Robert Boyczuk
     
 

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"The mind is its own place and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven." -John Milton, Paradise Lost
In the beginning, the Church ruled all the Spheres of the Apostles. But that was millennia ago, before the origins of this massive, artificial realm were forgotten. Now, drought, plague and war afflict the Spheres that make up the world of Man,

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"The mind is its own place and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven." -John Milton, Paradise Lost
In the beginning, the Church ruled all the Spheres of the Apostles. But that was millennia ago, before the origins of this massive, artificial realm were forgotten. Now, drought, plague and war afflict the Spheres that make up the world of Man, fragmenting society into antagonistic sects that carry out ruthless pogroms.
A young orphan, Thomas, is thrust into the midst of this upheaval and embarks on a journey to the highest of all Spheres, Heaven. As he struggles through his chaotic, crumbling world, Thomas witnesses cruelty and violence beyond measure-and chances upon unexpected moments of courage and self-sacrifice. In this turmoil, his belief becomes doubt as he is forced to make soul-rending choices between what his faith tells him he should do, and what he must do to survive.
The Book of Thomas: Heaven is the unflinching, deeply affecting tale of the battle that reason and religion wage for a boy's soul.

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Publishers Weekly
Earth has been divided into 14 Spheres, physical planes that act as separate worlds, all theoretically ruled by the Church. Something is starting to go wrong with the system, however, and a boy named Thomas becomes an unwitting keystone to a conspiracy that crosses all the Spheres and takes him from his orphanage to the Holy See of Rome and beyond. This postapocalyptic passion play is a lushly written but ultimately unsatisfactory quest plot with underrealized characters. Boyczuk (Nexus: Ascension) leaves vital revelations far too late; the conspiracy is a tenuous thread to tie together the laborious first-person travelogue of Thomas’s journey, and it leaves the reader with more questions than answers. Much of this could be forgiven were it not for the use of sexual violence to provide cheap characterization and flat motivations for most of the story’s action. (Nov.)
Library Journal
For as long as anyone can remember, the Church has ruled the Spheres of the Apostles, an artificial construct whose origins have been lost in the past. After Thomas's father is executed for heresy, the priests take the boy to an orphanage, where his beautiful singing voice attracts a recruiter for the Sistine Choir. As Thomas travels with his new master through a chaotic and dangerous world, he witnesses cruelty and violence that lead him to doubt the faith he has tried so hard to follow. VERDICT The author of Nexus: Ascension launches a new series that describes the journey of a soul in a time of tribulation and postapocalyptic ruin. As Thomas makes his way through the world, his backstory is gradually revealed, adding richness and somberness to a dark novel that is reminiscent of Walter M. Miller Jr.'s classic A Canticle for Leibowitz.

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ISBN-13:
9781927469279
Publisher:
ChiZine Publications
Publication date:
11/30/2012
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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