Choleric Press, 2021
Trade ISBN: 9781777554217
In the beginning, the Church ruled all the Spheres of the Apostles. But that was millennia ago, before the origins of this massive, artificial realm were forgotten. Now, drought, plague, and war afflict the Spheres that make up the world of Man, fragmenting society into antagonistic sects that carry out ruthless pogroms. Thrust into the midst of this chaos, Thomas is forced to embark on a journey to the highest of all Spheres, Lower Heaven. As he struggles through his chaotic, crumbling world, he witnesses cruelty and violence—and chances upon unexpected moments of courage and self-sacrifice. In this turmoil, his faith becomes doubt as he is forced to make soul-rending choices between what his faith commands him to do and what he must do to survive.
The One Book—comprised of the three volumes of the series, The Book of Thomas, The Book of David, and The Book of the Created—is the unflinching saga of the battle that reason and religion wage for a boy’s soul.
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As Thomas makes his way through the world [in The Book of Thomas], his backstory is gradually revealed, adding richness and somberness to a dark novel that is reminiscent of Walter M. Miller Jr.’s classic A Canticle for Leibowitz.”
“In a novel that dedicates so much of its efforts to framing a larger tale, the simplest benchmark for success is a reader’s desire to keep reading after the last page. To Robert Boyczuk I now say, I want more!”
“The Book of David is an odyssey through realms of science fiction, fantasy, and sheer mind-bending madness. Robert Boyczuk has crafted an epic. Creation mythology and dystopian fiction might not ever be the same after this collision.”
Theology and hard-sf mix it up in perhaps the most haunting, elegantly-rendered pocket universe I’ve ever encountered. Brilliantly thought out and brilliantly written. I want to invoke the works of Gene Wolfe, of Walter M. Miller Jr …. but it would be a disservice to compare Boyczuk to a bunch of dead old white men. Boyczuk isn’t dead yet.”