The book of strange new things by Michel Faber

StrangeChristian minister Peter, 33 is leaving his wife for a year for a job of a lifetime. USIC, a mysterious US company shrouded in mystery, send a group of people through space to Oasis, where Peter is employed to minister not to the workers, but to the indigenous people. He’s not sure what to expect but he knows his role is vital to the wellbeing to all on Oasis.

The Oasans are in awe of what they call ‘the book of strange new things’ – the Bible. This is a brilliantly conceived read. The communications between Peter and his wife Bea range from comical to desperate as she discovers she’s pregnant in a world that is slowly becoming more and more terrifying.

The novel changes tone from comedy, to desperation, and to Peter’s realisation that all he wants in life is to be with Bea. It had me hooked til the end. Excellent!

Alison

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