Genre: Fantasy, Religious
One belief, one faith, the structure of the infinite Scapes, embody the ideals Concept: the Creator established nearly fifty billion years ago. Where all of his creatures coexist as equals amongst others complex and simple–all harboring the faith their maker bestowed them with. Living in harmony – by the philosophy of connection – eminently connected to the ones He has made for them; never born too far from one another. Those ones they are meant to be with: their Connected.
Enero de Las Tierras Olvidadas, a nineteen year old Lost Child of La Paìs Scape, makes his first venture outside his Scape to find and connect with his own. Ready to discover the legacy placed upon them: the rarest of all creatures mentioned sparsely in THE BOOK. However, through all of this quotidian connection, equality, harmony and honesty, trek those few bearing scathing turmoils – who make it their role to go against those very elements Concept imbued them with. Regardless of the countless ways existence crafts in homage to their Creator, whether it’d be language, arts or simply being, some choose breaking their links of him.
Becoming Disconnected: a being whose connections unfortunately severed in their path not of Concept’s design. And are climbing by reasons malignant.
The correlation of a narrative unbound about family, faith, roles, “aspects” of existence and (dis)connection starts here.
As someone who is really intrigued with religion and spiritual beliefs, Concept’s Forever was definitely an interesting read. The world’s religion gives an inspiring feeling of ‘togetherness’ and unity as it explains ‘Concept’ as more-or-less the God who created the book’s universe and unifies the people therein spiritually. But the book has much more to offer than this.
The world is divided into regions called ‘scapes,’ which each seem to have their own cultures while remaining within the same religious leanings/backgrounds. They are home to humanoid elementals, people who can control aspects of the world around them for use in battle (and other things). The story begins with one such character, Enero, who sets out on a mission to find a suspiciously powerful stranger who has recently showed himself.
However for Enero, it’s much more than interest. He is what is referred to as a ‘Lost Child.’ These are people who are exceptionally gifted and share a stronger connection with each other than anyone else experiences. He knows merely by seeing the stranger on camera, that he too is a Lost Child. Leaving his science-oriented scape for one that is clearly physical strength-oriented, he finds who he is looking for: Yasaeng.
The two come together in an action-packed sequence that displays their powers, but their relationship immediately becomes more than showing off their abilities. The thing I found most endearing about the book was the casually gay nature of Enero’s and Yasaeng’s interactions. Their ‘connection’ is both familial and flirty and their quips are both humorous and touching.
The most fascinating thing to me was the ‘terrorist’ group of non-believers. Well, perhaps not exactly non-believers, but skeptics fighting to disprove Concept’s power and ‘disconnect’ from Him (It?) and others. Their violent introduction involved an attack on these two young men who were in the middle of a friendly brawl.
The battles are awesome and definitely something I could picture on the big screen. The book has an empowering and inspiring atmosphere to it, enforced by the passionate characters who fight for peace and community over doubt and chaos. I also want to note that I loved the art the author included in the story as well as the bits of Spanish.
Speaking a fair amount of Spanish myself and learning more, I appreciate that some of that language was presented in a way that not only helped make the atmosphere more real, but in a way that is not overwhelming to non-Spanish speakers. I believe, in fact, that it would help readers learn some of the language.
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~Sahreth ‘Baphy’ Bowden
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