Owen Edmond’s new school is plagued by a rash of suicides. He does his best to not let things get to him, but a terrible experience leaves him able to see the real cause behind the suicides. At first, he thinks he’s going crazy, but he comes to realize that everyone else is under The Delusion.
Laura Gallier has taken on two serious issues that we face, whether we realize it or not, and has also shown how they intersect. Using an attention grabbing storyline, she puts the reader’s focus on spiritual warfare, and how teens and young adults are being preyed upon. By using feelings such as worthlessness and anxiety, and traits like lying and pride, Satan is working to take away their hope, and their souls.
Though a serious topic, this books handles it in a way that keeps you wanting to find out what happens next. The characters are easy to relate to, and the plot moves along well. The story does not gloss over what happens, but deals with it just like we have to in real life. The pain felt by the students and parents is evident.
I would recommend The Delusion to any reader from teens through adults. Even if you aren’t dealing with feelings of hopelessness, this book can help you get an idea of the battle that is going on around us. I think that it can help people better understand the Devil’s tactics to keep us from trusting God.
I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.