I think it's impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.
-Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."
-Phillip K. Dick

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Buried Covenant - Shawn P. Keenan

Genre: Sci-fi, Religious, Occult, Young Adult

The book starts out pretty slow, but does get better. It starts out pretty much like most young adult novels do, focusing on things like relationships and friendships. Our hero, Jayke, is a boy who doesn't know much about his past and is really nervous around others, especially those his own age. He slowly starts to learn he has some kind of super natural powers. We meet a few ominous characters one being Amber, who we later find out goes by a different name, and a different character all together. A group called the Aduro really wants to stop him, because he's the key of the future. In this book it seems love is our hero's reason for strength. I will admit I didn't like this book too much at the beginning, and the entire book almost lost me when we discover it's religious affiliation, but with a title like 'The Buried Covenant' it should have been expected. It wasn't written poorly by any means. It was easy to get through, I read the entire book in a sitting. It's pretty cool that Jayke goes through a metamorphosis of understanding himself, and the things he's capable of. Heck, he even has a romantic interest, even though he must stay pure and cannot be with her, which must be difficult, for anyone.

Synopsis from Amazon.com:
Being hardheaded is a common character flaw, but most teenagers can’t crack a concrete curb with their skull. And while a skilled skateboarder appears to defy gravity, he can’t keep water from pouring out of an upturned cup.

Unintentionally tapping into latent powers has brought Jayke Wolff to the attention of the Aduro, an ancient society plotting an apocalyptic new world order. He’s now their number one draft pick, and they’ve dispatched their most seductive member to close the deal. It shouldn’t take much convincing a hormonal teenage boy to turn his back on a cryptic covenant for a future of self-indulgence and unchecked power. But if Jayke can’t be tempted by pleasures of the flesh, the flesh can be influenced in less pleasant ways as well. Armageddon can’t wait forever. Killing Jayke will also work.

I thought it was pretty slow at first. As I said before it does get better. It has good character developement as we see Jayke go from a shy and unsure guy to a strong character with more understanding of himself. I read it in a sitting, so that should tell you it's not a terrible book, at least I didn't think so by any means. I recommend reading this book if you're into the occult, religious affiliation and the supernatural. If you're looking to read this book, goodreads.com has it up for June 2011 for a free read here. 
Shame on anyone who thinks evil of this.

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