Today’s book review is for a series that I really enjoy reading, the Wormling. It is written by Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry.
The characters are memorable, the world is creative, and the writing style is unique
The story centers around Owen and his search for the Son and the ultimate defeat of the dragon.
This series is written for an older age range (older kids – 7th or 8th grade and up would be my guess), so given that, there is violence and blood, a couple of references to drinking and a mention of laxatives. There is some who -likes – who in the book (which isn’t all that bad, it’s just in there so I feel compelled to mention it. :-))
Owen is bullied, and some of it is pretty scary. The bullies threaten to carve his face with a knife and beat him up pretty well. A lot of characters die or are murdered. The dragon blasts people with fire. Plenty of creepy monsters attack the characters and injuries abound. Nothing is described in super detail, but there is a lot of blood and injuries and deaths.
Evil is evil and described and shown as such. Good is good and described and shown as such. Because evil is evil and described as such, some parts might be considered creepy or frightening (or disgusting) to readers. However, good is good and described as such. The King and his Son forgive mistakes, draw people to them, fight against evil, etc. It’s emphasized that the evil that occurs is part of the King’s plan and he is working it towards good.
This series is written as an allegory and it contains good lessons. It doesn’t feel preachy or like it’s being shoved into your face. It’s a good, strong story with good moral lessons (and spiritual lessons) and it’s not inappropriate. This series is a great pick to read while being holed up in your house.
Discussion Questions – some may contain spoilers:
What parts of the allegory do you recognize?
How is Owen like Jesus?
How is Owen
Sometimes, like the changing, sin and evil are disguised. What are some ways sin appears in disguise in your life?
How can you stand up to bullies?
What are the ways God protects us in everyday life?
Read Romas 8:28. What does this mean? Do you actually believe this?