The Book of Strange New Things

16 CDs. 19:30 hrs. Books on Tape. 2014. ISBN 9780553546231. $50. digital download. SF
Peter leaves his wife, Bea, back on Earth to serve as minister to an agrarian alien race in another galaxy. Transported by the private corporation USIC, he quickly learns that nothing is what it seems. Society on Earth is starting to fall apart, and Bea is struggling to survive alone while Peter is hard at work ministering to his alien parishioners, who refer to the Bible as "The Book of Strange New Things." Faber's (The Crimson Petal and the White) latest book explores themes of humanity, relationship, separation, and faith, and many questions are left unanswered as the author cultivates a sense of mystery and otherness. Josh Cohen's narration of the gentle main character and his wife are soft, while his performance of other characters is clear and sharp.
VERDICT Fans of Faber's other works will enjoy this, as will those who enjoy character-driven sf and open-ended storytelling. ["Recommended for lovers of thought-provoking sf," read the review of the Hogarth: Crown hc, LJ 9/1/14.]
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