I have a love of older literature. It draws me in and captivates my imagination in a way that few of the newer books do. When I list my favorite authors the first off of my tongue are Lucy Maud Montgomery, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jane Austen……
and, of course, C. S. Lewis. Like so many others I was completely captivated by The Chronicles of Narnia as a young child, and re-visited my love of the series when I re-read them all just a few years ago.
I knew that he had also written adult books, both non-fiction and fiction, but they’ve always sat on my oh-so-long “need to read list” When given the chance to review Out of the Silent Planet I just couldn’t say no!
This book was everything I would expect from C.S. Lewis–and some things I wasn’t expecting. The characters were intriguing and the storyline as fantastic and intriguing as a Narnia tale–except this time the characters are going on space adventures not to Narnia. This was a book that was definitely written for adults though which gave it a very different “flavor”. I enjoyed following the plight of Ransom as he tried to make sense of life on a strange new planet–one that he’d never intended on going to. I enjoyed it so much that I will definitely be reading the rest of the trilogy–they just bumped up to the top of that long “need to read list”!
If you love C.S. Lewis, science fiction, fantasy, or even just a great book this is a must read!