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First, this is /Christian/ fiction. For those who don't want an overt message about Christianity, moral and ethical talk, or Biblical theology--don't read this. It's clearly stated that Megan sees angels and demons and spiritual warfare is a main theme in this book. If you're looking for something where the message is more covert, go read Dekker, Meyers, or Peretti.
I love supernatural/spiritual books with an action/adventure plot, a splash of drama, and tons of character development. When I read this book was a "page turner" I was excited to try it but I knocked this book out in about 3 hours because if I put it down, I knew I was never going to pick it up again. This book has a spiritual theme but lacks action and adventure, the drama is laughable, and the character development is non-existent.
The book is written in first person: a popular point of view today but very hard to execute properly and this book fails fantastically. Combined with the fact the main character is a 15 year old girl; reading is uncomfortable at the best times and painful at the worst. The grammar and syntax felt as though I was reading bad fan fiction: an overuse of commas, missing apostrophes, misspelled words, poor sentence structure, and the list goes on. At points it's hard to follow who says what in a conversation because there's no flow and structure. Many times I ended up reading a conversation not knowing who was saying what because of this.
The main character, Megan, is 2 dimensional at the best of times and cringe-worthy at the worst. She's nowhere near the "typical" Christian teenager of the 21st century. Many ideals are correct (knowledge of right and wrong, waiting to have sex until after marriage, pro-life, stable family life, etc) but very poorly represented. Akin to fan fiction, Megan can be classified as a "Mary Sue" character--she doesn't have any particular skill set before seeing angels and demons and afterwards, she becomes some kind of "kiddie-lite" Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The answers come naturally to her or are handed to her on a silver platter. There are no obstacles for her to overcome because of this and therefore, the story is very flat.
The supporting characters of Seth, Robby, Johnny, Mandy, Vania, and Carrie are combinations of cliches and stereotypes. The perfect-Christian-boyfriend, the goofy-best-friend/sidekick-of-the-boyfriend, the ever-serious-task-master-angel, the troubled-best-friend-who-craves-affirmation-because-she-hasn't-found-the-Way-yet, the goth-turned-Christian-who-has-inside-knowledge, and the secondary-best-friend-from-camp-who-is-the-girlfriend-of-the-sidekick. That is all you need to know about those characters because that's all that's given in the book. These characters play out every cliche and there's no real surprise to anything they do. Completely 1 dimensional support and easily forgettable.
Judas is laughable as a villain. He barely causes the chaos and mayhem expected from a demon intent on destruction and seems happier gloating over his plans to an either annoyed or scared Megan. He arrives in chapter 6 of a 10 chapter book and disappears in chapter 9. For the supposed villain, he's barely in the book and his appearances are truly random.
The entire story changes in chapter 9 from a spiritual battle to an anti-abortion message--a strange twist that left me with an uneasy feeling. Mandy, with her affirmation-craving ways, becomes pregnant even after Megan warned her not to have sex before marriage. The father demands an abortion to the point of looking up the number himself and offering to pay for the procedure. Mandy takes him up on the offer despite Megan's protests and goes to the clinic.
The biggest twist is Mandy's mother (named Farrah, presumably a nod to Farrah Fawcett), a typical there's-no-way-I-can-be-30 woman forever seeking youth, men, and alcohol, hauls butt over to the clinic to stop Mandy from making the "same mistake I did". In the next paragraph, Megan (who tags along with Mandy's mom) learns the clinic is actually a Christian pregnancy center and is informed that women who seek an abortion typically gravitate to drugs and alcohol. This might be trying to explain Mandy's mother's behavior especially since she admits to "killing her baby".
Because of the idea of the plot, this book earns one star. Because of the horrible execution and lack of everything from grammar to character development, this book earns one star. If you're in middle school, this book might be a good read. Anyone reading this book past high school will be sorely disappointed if they have high expectations of their reading material.