I finished reading The Soulkeepers, by G. P. Ching, while on vacation. Honestly, I’d downloaded it some time ago based on its cover and because it was free. Having an eBook out, myself, which I often promote with free giveaways, I’m well aware that many people download free eBooks and then never read them. (Sigh…)
Anyway, for some reason I finally opened up The Soulkeepers and gave it a go. I was hooked from the first sentence.
Death lived up to Jacob’s expectations.
I was further hooked after only the first three chapters. G. P. Ching knows how to keep her readers swiping the pages. What probably surprised me the most, however, was that I continued to read The Soulkeepers.
I say this because, once you’re well into the book, Ching begins introducing religious elements. And while the story is engaging, to me it felt a bit preachy at times.
That said…my youthful inspiration to become a writer was C. S. Lewis and his novels about Narnia. Ching, like C. S. Lewis, offers a tolerant view of religion that I whole-heartedly agree with. Maybe my problem with her message is that I’ve heard it before, but for tween or teen it could be enlightening, even inspiring.
One theme I truly appreciated in The Soulkeepers revolved around this question:
Do you think a person is only as good as the worst thing they’ve ever done?
What a great question and Ching does an awesome job of making the reader think about it by exploring it in her novel. She also clearly understands teens. Their angst and their feelings of powerlessness under adult rule are conveyed realistically and sometimes heartbreakingly so through her two main characters, Jacob and Malini.
I highly recommend this book for the tween and teen readers in your life who like sci-fi and fantasy. It’s even got a bit of romance. Better yet, it’s book one in a series. Check these out too: