From the Vault
This review was originally written--handwritten no less--in August 1999 before the Age of Blogs. I'm not editing it at all because I don't believe in tampering with history. For other old reviews, click on the "From the Vault" tag.
Title: The Golden Compass
Author: Philip Pullman
Subjects: religion; souls; male/female dynamics; family
Summary: Lyra Belacqua leads a crusade to save her friend and other helpless children from gruesome scientific experiments. Along the way she learns important lessons on who she is and the struggle between good and evil. First of three books.
Critique: Exciting and thought-provoking, this book will appeal to young adults and adults alike. It focuses on religion without it being so obvious that it turns the reader off. Interesting thesis--people with tangible souls--and treatment of the original sin/good-evil discussion. Great for a book discussion group for any age!
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