Monday, June 7th - Opposite worlds.
To understand STARLIGHTER, by Bryan Davis you need to understand a bit of the make up. Basically there are two worlds at opposite sides of their sun, which they call Solaris. The interesting thing about these two planets are the names they carry. We begin our story on the planet Major Four and the quest of some to release the Lost Ones on the twin planet of Dacon. Meanwhile, on Dacon, the inhabitants are mostly dragons and refer to their planet as Starlight and the sister planet of Major Four as Darksphere. I find this interesting. Each planet has a highly respectable name for their own planet, while having a somewhat derogatory name for the twin planet. Isn't that just like us? We are quick to paint a good picture of ourselves, but are even quicker to point out the flaws in others. Bryan Davis takes this prejudice to an extreme level.
Major Four/Darksphere is primarily inhabited by humans. In fact I don't remember reading that any non-human intelligence existed there. Conversely the population of Starlight/Dacon is inhabited by Dragons. They have, however, somehow captured, enslaved and forced humans to reproduce to supply them with a continuing work force. Yet on both Major Four and Starlight we should not be so quick to think that one people are more virtuous than the other. As with any society you have the good, the bad and those hovering somewhere between those two points. So Major Four, while a human occupied planet is full of evil, just as Starlight is full of evil. Major Four also has those who rise up to a level of heroism because of a faith greater than themselves. We find this also to be true of Starlight.
Our world is chopped up into many cliques, groups, social circles. Divided by race, nationality, politics or whatever we find them all to be rifled with evil, from the top down. At the same time we find a Truth that unites people from all walks of life, a Truth that is absolute, full of Love and Compassion. The apostle Paul tells us that we are all to be members of One Body, not running around puffing out our chests and boasting in our own exploits. Indeed, what can we do without the power of Christ working in us? Jesus cleared that up in John 15:1-10. He is the True Vine. We are only branches. It is the Vine that gives life to the branches, not the branches that give life to the Vine. If we abide in Him and His word abides in us, then we have His love uniting all the branches together into one fruitful vine. So what can be said of those who follow after evil? They are like the branches of that True Vine, broken off and lying on the ground. They will be gathered up at the last day and cast into the fire. While this may sound rather judgmental for a loving God let me remind you that each of us has the choice to abide in Christ or not to abide in Christ. Our eternal destiny is made by us, not by God. He has told us what the right choice will bring and what the wrong choice will bring.
May we in our "Major Four" existence, not look down upon those of the "Dacon", for they may be the very members of this same Body, of which Christ is the Head. There are, even there, those of "Starlight", just as there are those here who are of "Darksphere". The gateway between the two is faith. I'll get to that in another post.
Be sure to visit Bryan Davis at his sight. The following link will take you right to his Starlighter page: STARLIGHTER You can, of course browse through the rest of his site, which I highly suggest.
Due to problems with obtaining STARLIGHTER we only have 3 people, that I know of doing reviews, and one of them may not be able to post until later in the week. Here are the CFRB members giving reviews
Reviews by Buuklvr81
The Words of David
Other purchase sites are as follows:
And for a peek inside:
Important: Legally I have to inform you that I received this novel freely for the express purpose of writing a review. I suppose the reason they want me to mention this is so that you will understand that I didn't pay for the book, and my views on how good it is may be somewhat subjective. I can tell you that my reviews found here are both objective and not very traditional. Rarely do I review a book that doesn't deserve to be given the greatest exposure, and while my name may be unfamiliar to many, it can be truthfully said that the whole point for me is to show people that Jesus loves them. If I can do that, if this book does this, then I will gratefully take the opportunity to do so and I make no apologies for it, or for the books I review. CFRB traditionally previews these works before they are even turned over to the rest of the members for posting reviews. We do this to check on a number of things, not the least of which is their outstanding quality.