“Question everything that appears real,” he began, “because this world isn’t what it seems. Only His kingdom is.”Doug Dorsey, The Betrayal
Title: The Betrayal
Series: Blue Lotus Project (Book 1)
Author: Doug Dorsey
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Christian
Pages: 406 (Paperback)
Published: February 1st, 2022
My Rating: ★★★★★
Read: 1/1/2023 – 1/9/2023
A haunting concept, yet totally gripping. The first in a series of three books, The Betrayal takes a look at a dystopian future under Sovereign Alexander Wraith who comes to power after much of humanity has been wiped out. Though the world is relatively united, it’s far from having archived true peace. Specifically, there is no room for non-compliance, especially when it comes to religious freedom.
Part of a rebel Christian group, Liam and Jessica are fighting the reign of Alexander Wraith. This, of course, is a dangerous venture. Jessica is more accustomed to the risks involved, Liam? Not so much. Much of the journey focuses on him as he comes to terms with the harsh realities surrounding him. With this also comes reevaluating his relationships with people as well as his job.
This is an Orwellian setting in many ways between shady dictators, surveillance, and even mind control. Accompanied by excellent writing and a good mix of action and intellect, The Betrayal is an exciting start to what promises to be a fantastic series. I especially liked the Christian elements. I struggle to find Christian fiction books that aren’t sappy. I’m looking forward to reading more from Doug Dorsey!
Likes & Dislikes:
What I liked:
- Again, the Christian elements and the fact it’s intertwined with the plot without being preachy.
- Good world-building.
- Strong writing and characters.
What I didn’t like:
- It was slow in some places.
I came across this book as well as Kick Ball Slay (which I will be reading and reviewing soon!) at the author’s table at Orlando Reads Books last year. It was a pleasure getting to meet him and discover his writing. I enjoyed the book even more than I thought I would. I’m thrilled to have a signed copy!