Mini Book Review: Identity by Ted Dekker
My name is Christy Snow. I'm seventeen and I'm about to die.
Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.
Series: Eyes Wide Open #1
Author: Ted Dekker
Publication Date: December 26, 2012
Publisher: Outlaw Studios
Page Count: 66
Genre: Young Adult, Christian Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
My Rating: ★★★½
“Christy was familiar with panic attacks, but she had never faced the kind of fear that now settled over her like death itself.”
Christy has found herself in her tomb—literally. All she wanted to do was retrieve her locket from her friend’s hideout, where she accidentally left it the day before.
She’s tried to reach Austin, but her cell battery died in the middle of a desperate phone call. Hopefully, it will be enough. Hopefully, he will understand her urgency.
As the walls close in around her, Christy questions who she is and all that she knows. As she is led on a terrifying adventure, she is faced with asking the hard questions about who she is, and what really makes her, her.
“What is it, then, that comprises our deepest selves and gives us worth?”
This is one of those books that I feel I could dissect for days. There is so much here that could be discussed, but I will refrain, and rather urge you to pick up this series.
Discussing self, both of the main characters are introduced with all of their crises hanging out. Christy, a teenage girl with self-image insecurities and feelings of abandonment as she was orphaned, struggles to connect with other kids her age. She feels as though she doesn’t have a childhood or a past altogether. Because of this, she puts a false sense of security in a locket necklace, still featuring the display photo that she bought it with.
When she finds herself encased in stone, she could never guess what is to come next. Just when hope and escape seem to be on the horizon, Christy is sucked into a world of deception, confusion, and manipulation, and becomes a victim of a rather nasty antagonist.
“Not knowing who your parents are can mess with your identity. An all too common phenomenon these days, but in reality, most people have no idea who they really are. Do you know who you are, Christy?”
Austin, having a very different upbringing and life altogether, still manages to relate to Christy.
“In every other way he was quite average: average height, average weight, average athleticism. But his mind set him apart.”
His mind is his sustenance. A brilliant mind with many promises of a bright future, Austin begins to experience terrible headaches and fears for the worst. On his way to visit the doctor, he receives Christy’s desperate voicemail and decides to search for her first. In doing so, he discovers a grim secret and finds himself trapped in a world where there is no exit.
For those of you who enjoy psychological thrillers, and books that make you really reflect on yourself, this is a series you may enjoy.frustrating at times!