Green is the final book in a multi-colored series by Ted Dekker that I’ve been wanting to read for some time now. According to the publisher, “This is Book Zero, the Circle Reborn, both the beginning and the end. The preferred starting point for new readers . . . and the perfect climax for the countless fans who’ve experienced Black, Red, and White.” They’re marketing this as a good starting point for new readers, and on that count, I can say without doubt, that it failed miserably. I have not read the previous books in the series, and it was only about the last 100 pages that I really had some meaningful grasp of what in the world was going on. The basics you’re given, but there was so little explained, and what was explained was done in a way that really interrupted the story line. It sounds like a great idea – creating a circular series . . . but it seemed like it was pieced together as such as an afterthought. And the absolutely horrible ending only reinforces that notion.
On a positive note, Ted Dekker can certainly write a page turner. If I just shut my brain off to all of the glaring plot holes and ridiculously flawed logic, it was fun. And despite the fact that I was almost certainly offended by the possibly heretical ideas that fueled the story-line, it kept me involved in the story, and actually illustrated some real spiritual truths in a way that I found very surprising. This is a baby and bath-water scenario, and I think that overall it’s worth a read. And while it may not be totally necessary to read, The Circle Trilogy, Black, Red, and White in advance, I heartily recommend it.