Friday, June 17, 2011

The Final Summit by Andy Andrews

The Final Summit is about the pathway humanity has strayed away from and how to get society to become successful again. Being a sequel to The Traveller's Gift, the main character is David Ponder. Armed with the seven decisions he learnt many years ago, he is the one to lead a summit which is to answer the question.

David meets many famous historical figures, who are all travellers, and they help in the working out of the answer. Whilst figuring out the answer, the famous figures explain about their lives and this is often relevant to the question and the answer they propose.

It takes a number of attempts before they get the right answer and even when they do they break a few rules of the summit to do so. Without giving the answer away, all I can say is this:  I too believe the answer to be correct.

On the whole, the story built up tension as they came close to an answer and then fell to a rather sombre mood every time the answer was incorrect.

The characters stories were very interesting and I learnt a lot of history in reading this book. It was pleasing to see that Andrews introduced little known history to the book making it a more interesting read.

The ending was very exciting to read, such that I read three and a half chapters in one sitting, compared to my usual one chapter per sitting.

The characters were well laid out, though I thought, bar the introductions, they all seemed very similar. There were a few comic exchanges between characters and a few quirks pertaining to some characters, but I couldn't help but get a bit bored of a couple of them.

Now, I'm not religious so I wasn't reading this with the aim to change my religious perspective or anything like that. The book may have been Christian, but the Christian aspects of the book could be removed and a similar story be left standing. However, the religious aspects of the book were done well and this book is in no way a book about faith.

The overall message was inspiring and all but one of the answers they thought of, I agreed with. As the ending was faster paced than the rest the final message was all the more powerful as their working faster ties in with the answer.

Overall, I thought the book very good, though it did dip a bit in the middle. I would recommend it to anyone who is willing to think morally when reading a book. If you're the kind of person who doesn't want to change, then don't read it.

I recieved a free copy of this book from www.booksneeze.com and the opinions expressed are my own and are in no way related to booksneeze.com

4 Stars

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