The DarkTrench Saga, Christian scifi, by Kerry Nietz
The DarkTrench Saga, Christian scifi, grabbed my attention from the start of the first book, A Star Curiously Singing, to the last chapter of the third book, FreeHeads. I guess this qualifies as an oldie, but goody, coming as it does from 2009-11. Be that as it may, what a wonderful world Kerry created! The cultural details, the technical prowess, the psychological drama are all masterfully done.
It’s hundreds of years in the future and the world is under the thumb of radical religious law. Nothing is ever named, but the identity of the Founder, and the legal system, are obvious as you go through the book. The women wear burkhas. The men are angry, arrogant pigs. The government is in complete control, and the religion is the government.
The DarkTrench Saga, Christian scifi, is a powerful demonstration of Christianity
It is very well done. Biblically, the idea of stars singing is an obvious corollary to the singing of the heavens, trees, mountains, and so forth. The freedom that comes from hearing God is graphically portrayed in a world where people are controlled by embedded computers in the brain. The internal high tech viciously punishes any turn toward spiritual truth—instantly. The culture, under absolute legal control, is horrifying.
DarkTrench clearly deserves an award of excellence in Christian religious fiction
I really tried to talk myself into giving it a Redemptive award. The book comes very close to that—maybe a 3.6 to 3.8, or so. But the rebirth transformation is just not there. Nevertheless, this is moving Christian fiction. There’s no doubt about God and His Son—who died for us.
It’s a strong testimony of a man and woman laying it all on the line for their faith. The growth of love in the face of instant punishment is compelling. The characters are a real joy. I was fully immersed throughout the read.