“There was only one person in this town caught in the grip of an evil cult – and that person was me.”
Alex is a restless new agent who’s spent her life being dragged down the path of least resistance and failing her way to the top. When she’s assigned a new job with Dynamic National Technologies, Incorporated, she’s promised an action-packed life of stopping crime, collaring evil Detractors, and committing espionage using cool guns and cool tech.
Inside the Settlement, a metropolitan enclave 20 by 20 miles square, everyone has an assigned role to play in working toward the ultimate survival of humanity, under the watchful eye of the Administrators. Outside the Wall, there is only a barren wasteland; a lifeless Earth destroyed by greed.
When DYNTEC sends Alex on a mission beyond the Wall to infiltrate a mysterious religious cult known as the “Kingdom of Heaven”, what she finds there will challenge everything she believes to be true. Ultimately she will be forced to reexamine her loyalties, and choose between the Kingdom of Heaven and the kingdom of Earth.
Growing up, I remember reading the classic dystopias – 1984, Brave New World – and being dissatisfied with their handwaving of the effects that Christianity would have on the world. There is undoubtedly a place for these dire warnings about putting religious values out of society, but I was more interested in the interactions between such a powerful totalitarian force, and the very real presence of God.
Where is God when an all-powerful totalitarian regime has taken total control over society, seeming to stamp out even thought and crush the human soul? Do we have to be afraid of God losing if this were to happen in our modern world, empowered by technology?
This book is a fast-paced critique of Malthusian environmentalism, surveillance, biotechnologies, corporatism, and collectivist psychological manipulation. But The Kingdom of Heaven differentiates itself from other “gritty” dystopias by attempting to provide an answer to the questions it poses. Rather than being a mere warning about a possible future, this is a book about hope for the present.