Strange Fire (Anchor and Sophia #1) (Hardcover)
Strange Fire is unlike anything I have ever read before. Though the plot moves along fairly quickly, Tommy Wallach still leaves ample room for individual character development. The interactions between characters are well thought-out and, I think, very human. That's what I really enjoy; the world of Strange Fire is so foreign to my own, yet I am nevertheless caught up in the realness of it all. It feels (scarily enough) like something that could actually happen. I consider it a hallmark of great writing, especially fiction, to connect with the reader in such a way.
The beginning of the novel was a bit overwhelming at first, having the entire world to introduce, and the explanations that might have helped to clarify seemed deliberately slow in coming. However, I actually enjoyed its mysteriousness. There was something just so satisfying in having all the pieces click together after a big reveal midway through the book.
Between the first page and the last, Strange Fire successfully garnered my excitement, built up my emotions and shattered them, propelled me through a twisting (yet cohesive) plot maze until I couldn't hope to guess what would happen next, and all the while questioning the very fabric of religion and human nature. I think it's safe to say that this book is unique among fiction, and it deserves a prominent place on the shelf of new bestsellers.— Grace, Kent Denver School
What if the asteroid heading toward Earth in Tommy Wallach's New York Times bestselling novel, We All Looked Up, actually hit and demolished our planet? What if, after thousands of years, two civilizations rose from the ashes? What if those cities found out about each other? Through the viewpoints of multiple characters, Strange Fire describes the beginnings of an inevitable war between these two civilizations, a war that will pit faith against science, zealotry against technology...and brother against brother. They said that the first generation of man was brought low by its appetites: for knowledge, for power, for wealth. It was so great, the Lord sent his own Daughter to bring fire and devastation to the world. Brothers Clive and Clover Hamill, the sons of a well-respected Descendant minister, have spent their lives spreading that gospel. But when their traveling ministry discovers a community called Sophia that's intent on rediscovering the blasphemous technologies of the past, a chain of events will be set in motion. Alongside Gemma Poplin, Clive's childhood sweetheart, and Paz Dedios, a revolutionary who dreams of overthrowing the Descendancy, Clive's and Clover's paths will diverge, and each will play a part in determining the fate of humanity itself.