Reviewed by Jennifer Bogart
The Last Christian by David Gregory
"...certainly an enjoyable read, and one that kept me moving through its pages. The mystery element was quite predictable at times, at other times it kept me guessing, so it’s a bit of a mixed bag for me."
Artificial brain replacement technology, the scientific quest for immortal life, dangerous nanotechnology…and faith. The Last Christian by David Gregory combines the world of futuristic (2088) hard sci-fi with the search for quest and meaning, contrasting man’s search for life eternal with God’s path to everlasting life.
Serving as a fiction platform for David Gregory’s existing message (found in his non-fiction titles such as The Rest of the Gospel – as such it can be classified as teaching fiction, but it’s pretty well done) this title is based on an interesting premise. Abigail Caldwell has spent her entire life living amongst a tribal village that her parents were called to evangelize, and when disease strikes her village, she heads out into the wider world for the first time, only to find a long-lost message calling her to evangelize in America where Christianity has been largely lost.
Gregory’s use of silicon brain replacement technology is freaky enough to send chills up my spine, and there’s also a healthy dose of suspense, mystery, and action to be found within the pages of The Last Christian.
Unfortunately, Gregory also drops the ball in a few places. There are some loose ends that weren’t resolved to my satisfaction, the mandatory romantic plot line is a bit stiff and not particularly moving, and Gregory drops the ball on the evolution/creation debate in my opinion. Yes – I’m a passionate literalist, and I don’t believe that Christians should be surrendering the fight on the issue in favor of liberal, doctrinally incorrect compromises. But on that point I’m being a stickler – it’s a short point that’s made in a standard-length novel.
Still, The Last
certainly an enjoyable read, and one that kept me moving through its
pages. The mystery element was quite predictable
at times, at other times it kept me guessing, so it’s a bit of a
mixed bag for me. I’m still campaigning for more Christian sci-fi
(I can never resist these titles), but I’m hoping that we’ll
see the general quality of writing improve – not that this book was
bad, it was just…okay.
Jennifer Bogart is a child of God, wife and homeschooling mother of three young children (so far). She writes homeschooling resources with her husband at Bogart Family Resources, and reviews as a creative outlet. Passionately dedicated to promoting the work of Christian authors and artists, her blog Quiverfull Family features reviews, contests, family updates, homeschooling tidbits and well - a bit of everything.