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This one-volume edition marks the 75th anniversary of Lewis's classic science fiction trilogy featuring the adventures of Dr. Ransom on Mars, Venus, and Earth. It includes an exclusive foreword compiled from letters by J.R.R. Tolkien, who inspired Lewis to write the first volume and on whom the main character of Ransom was largely based. The Space Trilogy is a remarkable w This one-volume edition marks the 75th anniversary of Lewis's classic science fiction trilogy featuring the adventures of Dr. Ransom on Mars, Venus, and Earth. It includes an exclusive foreword compiled from letters by J.R.R. Tolkien, who inspired Lewis to write the first volume and on whom the main character of Ransom was largely based. The Space Trilogy is a remarkable work of fantasy, demonstrating the powerful imagination of C. S. Lewis. The Space Trilogy, Omnibus Edition includes: Out of the Silent Planet Dr. Ransom, a Cambridge academic, is abducted and taken on a spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra, which he knows as Mars. His captors are plotting to plunder the planet's treasures and offer Ransom as a sacrifice to the creatures who live there. Perelandra Having escaped from Mars, Dr. Ransom is called to the paradise planet of Perelandra, or Venus. When his old enemy also arrives and is taken over by the forces of evil, Ransom finds himself in a desperate struggle to save the innocence of this Eden-like world. That Hideous Strength Investigating the truth about her prophetic dreams, Jane Studdock encounters the fabled Dr. Ransom, who is in great pain after his travels. A sinister society run by his old adversaries intends to harness the ancient powers of a resurrected Merlin in their ambition to subjugate the people of Earth.


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This one-volume edition marks the 75th anniversary of Lewis's classic science fiction trilogy featuring the adventures of Dr. Ransom on Mars, Venus, and Earth. It includes an exclusive foreword compiled from letters by J.R.R. Tolkien, who inspired Lewis to write the first volume and on whom the main character of Ransom was largely based. The Space Trilogy is a remarkable w This one-volume edition marks the 75th anniversary of Lewis's classic science fiction trilogy featuring the adventures of Dr. Ransom on Mars, Venus, and Earth. It includes an exclusive foreword compiled from letters by J.R.R. Tolkien, who inspired Lewis to write the first volume and on whom the main character of Ransom was largely based. The Space Trilogy is a remarkable work of fantasy, demonstrating the powerful imagination of C. S. Lewis. The Space Trilogy, Omnibus Edition includes: Out of the Silent Planet Dr. Ransom, a Cambridge academic, is abducted and taken on a spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra, which he knows as Mars. His captors are plotting to plunder the planet's treasures and offer Ransom as a sacrifice to the creatures who live there. Perelandra Having escaped from Mars, Dr. Ransom is called to the paradise planet of Perelandra, or Venus. When his old enemy also arrives and is taken over by the forces of evil, Ransom finds himself in a desperate struggle to save the innocence of this Eden-like world. That Hideous Strength Investigating the truth about her prophetic dreams, Jane Studdock encounters the fabled Dr. Ransom, who is in great pain after his travels. A sinister society run by his old adversaries intends to harness the ancient powers of a resurrected Merlin in their ambition to subjugate the people of Earth.

30 review for The Space Trilogy, Omnibus Edition: Three Science Fiction Classics in One Volume: Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    This space trilogy should not be "confused" as a normal sci fi. C.S. Lewis writes all his fiction with a purpose of philosophizing and helping the read see parallels to Christianity and really, just "real life". I value this trilogy as one of my favorite reads of all time. If you decide to read it, you can't approach it like a normal "fiction" read. You have to really pay attention to C.S. Lewis's characters' thought processes because therein lies the secrets to the books. I would dare say that ev This space trilogy should not be "confused" as a normal sci fi. C.S. Lewis writes all his fiction with a purpose of philosophizing and helping the read see parallels to Christianity and really, just "real life". I value this trilogy as one of my favorite reads of all time. If you decide to read it, you can't approach it like a normal "fiction" read. You have to really pay attention to C.S. Lewis's characters' thought processes because therein lies the secrets to the books. I would dare say that even the most avid fiction readers will find this trilogy either 1: hard to read and hard to get into OR 2: slow to start but impossibly wonderful and fabulous in its artistic and philosophical creating. This trilogy will make you think. A LOT. Also, not a good set of books to read when you are tired. Best to read when you are very alert and can take note of the little hints and connections and piece them together as you go. LOVE THIS TRILOGY...it can be life-changing for some.

  2. 5 out of 5

    James

    I would rank this with Tolkien's Middle Earth work for skill in creating imaginary realities (Lewis and Tolkien were close friends and often gave each other feedback on drafts of their work) and with Stephen King's The Stand for its power as a story of good and evil. Also like those other two stories, I would caution that some of this might be - no, is - too dark for children or young teens. I especially like the portrayal of evil as stupid, blind, and shallow rather than being intriguing, romant I would rank this with Tolkien's Middle Earth work for skill in creating imaginary realities (Lewis and Tolkien were close friends and often gave each other feedback on drafts of their work) and with Stephen King's The Stand for its power as a story of good and evil. Also like those other two stories, I would caution that some of this might be - no, is - too dark for children or young teens. I especially like the portrayal of evil as stupid, blind, and shallow rather than being intriguing, romantic, or alluring. I actually liked this trilogy better than Lewis' other and better known Narnia series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael Perkins

    Given what Lewis is trying to do with this trilogy, it's important to know that Lewis knew absolutely nothing about science. And he was quite hostile to scientists, as comes out loud and clear in his Space Trilogy. One of the evil scientists in the Trilogy is based on a distinguished British scientist, J. B. S. Haldane, who defeated Lewis in an Oxford Union debate. Lewis was quite the bully and didn't like losing. It seemed as if Lewis was out for petty revenge by portraying Haldane, and other s Given what Lewis is trying to do with this trilogy, it's important to know that Lewis knew absolutely nothing about science. And he was quite hostile to scientists, as comes out loud and clear in his Space Trilogy. One of the evil scientists in the Trilogy is based on a distinguished British scientist, J. B. S. Haldane, who defeated Lewis in an Oxford Union debate. Lewis was quite the bully and didn't like losing. It seemed as if Lewis was out for petty revenge by portraying Haldane, and other scientists, as evil in his fiction. Below is a link to what Haldane wrote in response to the Trilogy. It's on a site that is pro-Lewis. After a tendentious introduction, the writing is all Haldane. In the trilogy, Ransom is a professor of philology (an obvious nod to Tolkien). Whereas all, but one, of the scientists are possessed of the Devil. (Evil bastards!) "Mr. Lewis’s idea is clear enough. The application of science to human affairs can only lead to hell. This world is largely run by the Devil." "Mr Lewis is often incorrect, as in his account of the gravitational field in the spaceship, of the atmosphere on Mars, the appearance of other planets from it, and so on. His accounts of supernatural intervention would have been more impressive had he known more of nature as it actually exists." http://lewisiana.nl/haldane/#Auld_Hornie

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bart Breen

    Classic Science Fiction! Must read for many! CS Lewis is best known for his Narnia Series for children and then as a Christian Apologist. An agnostic for many years, this English Don and Professor of Literature came to develop a friendship with JRR Tolkien (yes, THE JRR Tolkien)and over the course of that friendship, converted to Christianity and the Church of England, (despite the protestation of Tolkien to a small degree who was himself Roman Catholic.) Lewis grew in fame throughout England in p Classic Science Fiction! Must read for many! CS Lewis is best known for his Narnia Series for children and then as a Christian Apologist. An agnostic for many years, this English Don and Professor of Literature came to develop a friendship with JRR Tolkien (yes, THE JRR Tolkien)and over the course of that friendship, converted to Christianity and the Church of England, (despite the protestation of Tolkien to a small degree who was himself Roman Catholic.) Lewis grew in fame throughout England in part due to his writing and in part due to his radio broadcasts known as "Fireside Chats" which became the basis of one of his more influential works, "Mere Christianity." Why raise this in the context of a review on this Space Trilogy? Because it helps to explain the broad appeal of it to many different audiences. Did you enjoy the Narnia Chronicles as a child (or an adult reading it to a child?) Here then is a new vista written more to an adult level with many of the same elements of genius in writing and allegory that you came to love. Dive in. Reorient yourself to the slightly different genre and prepare to be entertained. Are you attracted to the Christian apologetics of Lewis and less inclined to read for entertainment? Well then, how about a rollicking good tale that weaves throughout the telling, major tenets and demonstrations of the heart of Christianity that will feed your mind even as you catch yourself enjoying the story. Are you a Science Fiction fan? Does science fiction as it was written before the boom in the 1950's from authors such as Jules Verne and George Orwell appeal to you? Here is some writing in that vein and style that will entertain you. Yes there are decided Christian overtones in the work that will challenge you, but the story itself is so well written and the theological underpinning woven into the warp and woof of the tapestry that you will not feel preached at. You will enjoy the tale on it's own merits. As to the components of the trilogy you will find that Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra are similar in character. Ransom (think there may be an allegorical message there?) is interesting in his role as a Philologist. This was probably a tribute to Tolkien the philologist who remained Lewis' friend, colleague and a member of the literary circle, The Inkling's who read and critiqued each other's work. That Hideous Strength switches gears a little bit which probably reflects Lewis' growing relationship with George MacDonald, also of the Inklings. The final book is a little darker and more Orwellian but still a very good and thought provoking read. In short there is something for most people here. You do not have to be a Christian or even sympathetic to Christianity to read and appreciate these books. They stand on their own as classic, strong literature written by a master craftsman. If you are attracted to Lewis for his past works and want your literature to have redemptive value to it, then you are in the right neighborhood for that as well. Of all of Lewis' works these are probably the least known. They are worth the read!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dean

    I LOVE C. S. LEWIS SPACE TRILOGY TO THE UTTERMOST!!!!! What a festival of shapes, colors, alien and strange beings doing awesome deeds in odd and remote worlds…. The Space Trilogy is at the same time and adventure novel, plus a thriller saturated with fantasy and even horror elements!! Only the legend called C. S. Lewis could be able to birth such a tale, and deliver it to the reader in this unique and magnificent literary way full of magic. Reminiscences of The Lord of The Rings and The Chronicles I LOVE C. S. LEWIS SPACE TRILOGY TO THE UTTERMOST!!!!! What a festival of shapes, colors, alien and strange beings doing awesome deeds in odd and remote worlds…. The Space Trilogy is at the same time and adventure novel, plus a thriller saturated with fantasy and even horror elements!! Only the legend called C. S. Lewis could be able to birth such a tale, and deliver it to the reader in this unique and magnificent literary way full of magic. Reminiscences of The Lord of The Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia will be purposefully aroused.. And if you are fond of J. R. R. Tolkiens writings, then you will indeed enjoy this epic adventure tale by Lewis!!! *** Out Of The Silent Planet*** Dr. Ransom a philologist is kidnapped to Mars, there he shall be sacrificed to an alien and strange deity!!! So that the kidnappers can exploit the planet and take with them so much gold as they wish…. needless to say that the story turn quite different... ***Perelandra*** This sequel takes place in Venus..... A strange world awaits Dr. Ransom, populated with colorful and strange beings!!! One of the most dramatic battles recorded in the literary history awaits Dr. Ransom against the incarnated terror.. The destiny of Perelandra is at stakes!!!! ***That Hideous Strength*** My favorite one.... Let me put it this way, the Loosers club against ( Nope, no Pennywise the Clown this time) unspeakable powers of evil!!!! Character development and the craft of story telling excel each other in Brillanz, skill and wit!!!! Five stars --not enough in my view-- Happy reading to all of you.... Dean;D

  6. 5 out of 5

    Justin Wiggins

    It has been a great joy to re-read C.S.Lewis's cosmic trilogy again! I found this version of the book at a favorite used bookstore here in Asheville, North Carolina for quite cheap, which was incredibly exciting. Out of The Silent Planet is such a fun adventure story of Ransom going to Mars and encountering the angelic Eldils and Oyarsa, the godlike ruler of Mars; Lewis's prose in Perelandra is just amazing, and I really like the Arthurian Legend influence on That Hideous Strength, that Lewis's f It has been a great joy to re-read C.S.Lewis's cosmic trilogy again! I found this version of the book at a favorite used bookstore here in Asheville, North Carolina for quite cheap, which was incredibly exciting. Out of The Silent Planet is such a fun adventure story of Ransom going to Mars and encountering the angelic Eldils and Oyarsa, the godlike ruler of Mars; Lewis's prose in Perelandra is just amazing, and I really like the Arthurian Legend influence on That Hideous Strength, that Lewis's friend and fellow Inkling Charles Williams had an influence on the writing of.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

    Could also be called "The Cosmic Trilogy" or "The Ransom Trilogy." See here for information about the "Lost Lewis Tapes." See Plodcast, Episode #1. That Hideous Strength is objectively Wilson's favorite book, based on the number of times he's read it (~15); see some comments here about the kind of women that appear in it. Could also be called "The Cosmic Trilogy" or "The Ransom Trilogy." See here for information about the "Lost Lewis Tapes." See Plodcast, Episode #1. That Hideous Strength is objectively Wilson's favorite book, based on the number of times he's read it (~15); see some comments here about the kind of women that appear in it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chad Johnston

    While Dad is my family's resident sci-fi connoisseur, this year Dad and I trekked into interstellar space together, reading C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy and Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game. I had reservations about reading sci-fi novels, as I thought I might end up becoming fluent in Klingon as a result. Surprisingly, the genre ended up teaching me a thing or two about theology, and even more about the mechanics of the writing craft. Written in the 40s, Lewis' Space Trilogy has little to do with the While Dad is my family's resident sci-fi connoisseur, this year Dad and I trekked into interstellar space together, reading C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy and Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game. I had reservations about reading sci-fi novels, as I thought I might end up becoming fluent in Klingon as a result. Surprisingly, the genre ended up teaching me a thing or two about theology, and even more about the mechanics of the writing craft. Written in the 40s, Lewis' Space Trilogy has little to do with the physical world of outer space as we presently know it. His writing is clearly informed by the scientific knowledge of his day, but for the most part, the physical world(s) he writes about serve his stories, which are obviously allegorical. Suspend your disbelief, Dear Readers. Suspend it in zero gravity. Out of the Silent Planet (***1/2), the first book in the trilogy, features Lewis finding his voice in the genre, and while his first steps are elementary enough, they are also thought-provoking and worthwhile. While the first two-thirds of the book are standard sci-fi fare, sometime during the last third, Lewis' universe assumes a theological bent that casts life on planet Earth in an entirely different light. At the time of this reading, I also listened to N.T. Wright's lectures on the Veritas Forum. Lewis and Wright pushed outward in my skull, and my inner world expanded as a result. My perception of creativity was permanently altered. People talk about the narrow-mindedness of Christians, which saddens me. The imagination of God is clearly broad enough to include, as film director Kevin Smith put it in the disclaimer at the beginning of the movie Dogma, the platypus, among other things. If Christ is truly the Son of God, Christians should be the most imaginative lot on the planet. Lewis certainly affirms this in the 2nd book in the series, Perelandra (*****). People most often associate Lewis with the Chronicles of Narnia, or with his more overt theologically-minded works like Mere Christianity or The Screwtape Letters. Little did I know, upon embarking into the world of Perelandra, that I was about to read my new favorite C.S. Lewis book, a work so colorful and imaginative and theologically charged that it would win me over completely. Lewis dramatizes theology in such a beautiful way in this book, making the abstract concrete, providing us with a new perspective on the human condition through comparison with the inhabitants of another world. Among other things, he aims to imagine what it would be like if man had never fallen from grace. Lewis works out this theological puzzle with panache in this book, and with remarkably powerful results. The third and final installment in the trilogy, That Hideous Strength (****1/2), was a more than worthy conclusion to the series. It seamlessly integrates Lewis' love of myth with his experiences in the academy, resulting in a work that is highly cerebral, complex, and surreal. Structurally, it features Lewis at his most ambitious. He adeptly juggles parallel narratives, populates his world with a whole world of memorable characters, and finally interweaves elements of the first two books even as this book feels distinctly unlike them. Honestly, it is difficult for me to decide whether I like this or Perelandra better, but I think I like Perelandra better from a conceptual standpoint. They both stand tall in Lewis' oeuvre. After reading these three books from January to March, I found myself appreciating sci-fi as a genre in a way I never had before. I cut my teeth on the Star Wars trilogy and grew up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation with my Dad, but I only saw them as stories set in space rather than intergalactic parables that had the ability to speak about life here on Earth. Not all works of science-fiction function this way, but Lewis' Space Trilogy certain does. Lewis travels into the black abyss of outer space only to turn his telescope back on us so we can see ourselves from a God's-eye view.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Erin Foster

    I had extremely high hopes for this trilogy, especially after finishing the first book Out of the Silent Planet, an exceptional work of old-fashioned science fiction. The first half of Perelandra proved equally gripping, but took a turn for the unreadable once Lewis' Christian beliefs seeped too far (in my opinion) into the fabric of the plot. Without spoiling any details, I will say that the entire basis of the narrative came to rely on the acceptance from the reader that The Fall of Man occurr I had extremely high hopes for this trilogy, especially after finishing the first book Out of the Silent Planet, an exceptional work of old-fashioned science fiction. The first half of Perelandra proved equally gripping, but took a turn for the unreadable once Lewis' Christian beliefs seeped too far (in my opinion) into the fabric of the plot. Without spoiling any details, I will say that the entire basis of the narrative came to rely on the acceptance from the reader that The Fall of Man occurred in actuality. As someone who does not subscribe to that particular belief, I found it rather off-putting for the author to assume that the reader would deem this point as fact, and thus be on board with what the protagonist was fighting for. On the contrary, I felt more on the side of the "villain" who was arguing on the grounds of rational and scientific thought. I simply couldn't turn another page without feeling a little disingenuous as a reader. The storyline clearly became a vehicle for Lewis's religious ideals, and after riding along with him for a while, I respectfully had to hop off.

  10. 5 out of 5

    K.

    Reading with new bookgroup Nov 2015. Because of time, skipped #1, went straight to #2. Perelandra. Can be read and enjoyed as sci--fi even though one may get lost at the end. OR can be read seriously as theological discussion of an alternate Adam/Eve story on another world, even though one may get lost at the end nonetheless. Really, although I'd like to review this very much, it would take too much time. I should write myself a paper on it, just for fun. Ha! Not sure where time for that would c Reading with new bookgroup Nov 2015. Because of time, skipped #1, went straight to #2. Perelandra. Can be read and enjoyed as sci--fi even though one may get lost at the end. OR can be read seriously as theological discussion of an alternate Adam/Eve story on another world, even though one may get lost at the end nonetheless. Really, although I'd like to review this very much, it would take too much time. I should write myself a paper on it, just for fun. Ha! Not sure where time for that would come from. But it's really that there's just too much to think about or write about. Some thoughts: 1. I just don't know how people imagine such things (like Lewis imagines the environs and populace of Venus), but I'm glad they do. 2. Theologically, so much to chew on. So much to wonder. 3. Finding lots of help understanding this series more fully by reading "Planets in Peril" by David Downing. It's pretty great. 4. Just love Lewis. His sense of humor, even when his intellect soars acres above me, still tickles me. --- Read with bookgroup Jan 2011.

  11. 5 out of 5

    David Haines

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading the 3 volumes of the Space Trilogy. There is no way I can even begin to describe all that happens in a brief review. Suffice it to say that Lewis makes us dream of and desire to be in the very world that that he describes, in which men go to the planets (and meet extraterrestrial life such as we cannot imagine), and in which the planets also come to men; and yet, one gets the eery feeling that, somehow, we are already living in such a world.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Q

    This trilogy is definitely something different from the most SF books I've read. I was 17 when I read it and it was the first time religious content in book was so overwhelming that I couldn't help but notice it. To the day my impression of it could be described as "pearly-pink bubblegum in the sunset": pretty, soft-looking but loses the taste fast and becomes sticky and annoying.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    I think Out of the silent Planet was the best of the three. Honestly I lost interest midway the second book and drag myself to finish it because it was interesting enough to finish but not enough to pull me away from other books or duties of life if that make sense . Maybe the trilogy is better enjoyed reading one book at the time and leave plenty of time between the reading of each book ?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Paul Mitchell

    For a long time, I counted That Hideous Strength as one of my favorite books, and it very well fictionalizes that scientism vs. Faith debate that Lewis found himself in quite often (see The God Question pitting Freud vs. Lewis). Out of the Silent Planet, though, is a classic all its own displaying the utter silliness of the vanities of humankind when the protagonist (a philologist - be still my heart) has to explain the intent of other human "invaders" to conquer the planet and the species inhab For a long time, I counted That Hideous Strength as one of my favorite books, and it very well fictionalizes that scientism vs. Faith debate that Lewis found himself in quite often (see The God Question pitting Freud vs. Lewis). Out of the Silent Planet, though, is a classic all its own displaying the utter silliness of the vanities of humankind when the protagonist (a philologist - be still my heart) has to explain the intent of other human "invaders" to conquer the planet and the species inhabiting it. Perelandra is much more theological, but the question, "does God try the Adam and Eve experiment on another planet to start over? Is that possible?" is poised beautifully here. What you do run into, quite often, is Lewis' inherent misogyny, and subsequent re-reads turned me off to many of the elements of the books themselves (when Dr. Ransom laughs in the face of the female protagonist for daring to assume the sexes are "equal," for instance). So, I can't rate it any higher.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bianca

    It took me a while to read these. Do you ever have "back burner" books that you read when you're not reading anything else? I am not surprised that Perelandra is Kathy Keller's desert island book. If you could only choose one book to have with you on your lone island, Perelandra would give you enough brain-stretching content to last a lifetime. It is C. S. Lewis's retelling of Eve's temptation on a different planet and as a reader you wonder, "Will this end differently?" Will she capitulate as on It took me a while to read these. Do you ever have "back burner" books that you read when you're not reading anything else? I am not surprised that Perelandra is Kathy Keller's desert island book. If you could only choose one book to have with you on your lone island, Perelandra would give you enough brain-stretching content to last a lifetime. It is C. S. Lewis's retelling of Eve's temptation on a different planet and as a reader you wonder, "Will this end differently?" Will she capitulate as on earth? How will she escape Satan's relentless and sly temptation? This was the most fascinating part. Satan's temptation was not a one-time confrontation. He keeps coming with different arguments wearing the Eve character down. Each book starts off slow and takes a while to get rolling, but they are completely worth your time.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books. Book One contains more sci-fi adventure than religion, but it illustrates the danger of ignoring inspiration in a way that has stayed with me for years. The second book asks interesting questions about the Fall and the role of the Savior. I don't agree with all the theology in it, but it gave me a lot to think about. I still think of Ransom in the bubble trees when I'm tempted to eat an extra cookie. The third book was thought-provoking as well, but I didn I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books. Book One contains more sci-fi adventure than religion, but it illustrates the danger of ignoring inspiration in a way that has stayed with me for years. The second book asks interesting questions about the Fall and the role of the Savior. I don't agree with all the theology in it, but it gave me a lot to think about. I still think of Ransom in the bubble trees when I'm tempted to eat an extra cookie. The third book was thought-provoking as well, but I didn't enjoy it nearly as much. Its satirical tone and mundane setting made it very different from its predecessors, and in my humble opinion that wasn't an improvement. That said, my husband actually liked the third one best. To each their own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    Fantastic read. This edition includes the entire Space Trilogy. I think that even though this is an older book you'll find it strangly applicable. Example: In That Hideous Strength the "evil group" threating the world is identified by the acronym "NICE". That's also the real acronym used for the real group in England to decide wh gets what medical treatment. And Lewis wrote this 1945.....

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    So good...so strange and so long (all three together) but so good. I know there's a lot of the layers I've yet to unpeel but I really can't stop thinking about the end of That Hideous Strength. Lots of good notes and quotes. Need to spend more time with these books for sure.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Rodgers

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. These books remain some of the greatest science fiction ever written. I cannot recommend them enough. They changed the way that I read books! The subtle details, the depth of the characters, the astonishing metaphors. It's like seeing yourself illustrated on another planet. C.S. Lewis is a genius with all of his writing, and this is some of his best. A lot of people I know who like the trilogy really had trouble getting into the third one, That Hideous Strength, and couldn't see how it fit in w These books remain some of the greatest science fiction ever written. I cannot recommend them enough. They changed the way that I read books! The subtle details, the depth of the characters, the astonishing metaphors. It's like seeing yourself illustrated on another planet. C.S. Lewis is a genius with all of his writing, and this is some of his best. A lot of people I know who like the trilogy really had trouble getting into the third one, That Hideous Strength, and couldn't see how it fit in with the other two. Some have gone so far as to say that it doesn't belong in the trilogy. I think they are absolutely wrong. I love the way that Lewis uses it to tie our planet and our "modern day" society ("sometime after the War" is all he gives as a time period) into the vast scheme of the cosmos. Our story matters, because we're part of a greater one. And (spoiler alert!) Merlin belongs in this book and in this trilogy, as does any other cultural story that doesn't go away and yet cannot be explained.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jake Leech

    So this would generally be a three or four star review. C. S. Lewis is writing fairly OK science-fiction-ish stuff, but it's all got this Catholic angle to it, which is kinda hokey if you think that thing is kinda hokey, and the plots aren't all that great, and there are some kinda dumb bits (the bad guys in That Hideous Strength are called "N.I.C.E."). So yeah, nothing out of the ordinairy. The reason I gave it five stars is for the confrontation between Ransom and Weston in Perelandra. Absolut So this would generally be a three or four star review. C. S. Lewis is writing fairly OK science-fiction-ish stuff, but it's all got this Catholic angle to it, which is kinda hokey if you think that thing is kinda hokey, and the plots aren't all that great, and there are some kinda dumb bits (the bad guys in That Hideous Strength are called "N.I.C.E."). So yeah, nothing out of the ordinairy. The reason I gave it five stars is for the confrontation between Ransom and Weston in Perelandra. Absolutely awesome. Lewis gives us a sophisticated view of evil (at least, compared to my thoughts on stuff), and a long, well-written, and extremely compelling conflict between these two guys, and it absolutely wowed me. Sure, if you don't want to read anything too religious, this would be a terrible pick for you. Lewis is trying to make a sale here. But it's worth reading the boring bits just for Ransom vs. Weston.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Vhernalyn

    I borrowed these books from a friend in church and I loved the triology. It follows around the scientist, Ransom, who first finds himself kidnapped and taken to the planet Malacandra. He interacts with the beings there who are very far from human beings. This whole triology portrays how "the Devil" influenced people from planet to planet to bring about damnation and the only planet that will fall is Earth. On the second book, Ransom goes to Perelandra to save that planet from tempatation and it I borrowed these books from a friend in church and I loved the triology. It follows around the scientist, Ransom, who first finds himself kidnapped and taken to the planet Malacandra. He interacts with the beings there who are very far from human beings. This whole triology portrays how "the Devil" influenced people from planet to planet to bring about damnation and the only planet that will fall is Earth. On the second book, Ransom goes to Perelandra to save that planet from tempatation and it becomes the place Earth should've been. Each planet started out with its own Adam and Eve and, according to the Bible, our world is the one that let sin in and the third and last book portrays Earth and all its evil and its good. C.S. Lewis is a great Christian writer though his books don't have to be read with Christianity in mind. I recommend this to any science fiction lovers out there.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dan Mayhew

    I went years without reading Lewis' celebrated sci-fi trilogy. Of the three I remember Perelandra most vividly, although with a little effort all three come back to me. That Hideous Strength was different from the others in that it seemed a cautionary tale about the direction our cultural trajectory is taking. All-in-all I felt the three novels deserved their place in classic sci-fi and Christian lit.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Sampson

    Out of the Silent Planet: 5 stars New favourite book. The story follows a simple plot but is rich in philosophical questions and spiritual truths. I wish to remain on Malacandra, and this, I believe, was part of Lewis's hopes for this story: that we would see the beauty of Heaven in the beauty of this alien world.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nelleke Plouffe

    I really enjoyed the first two books, but then got totally bogged down in the third. It took me about a year and a half to get through it. I know it’s because I didn’t really “get it”, but I enjoyed reading it so little that I don’t think I will put more effort into it. Four and a half stars for the first two, two stars for the third.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ciara Anderson

    Wonderful, one of the few sources that has started to convince me of the my need to read more sci-fi ;) Grand themes explored in fun, inventive ways.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    An enjoyable and riveting series of books.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Great story. Loved the world CS creates in this book. He has a couple of “long” monologue bits that could be overlooked but overall a great read and exciting exploring adventure.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Charlene

    This is the second time I've read this trilogy in the past 25 years. It was good the first time, even better this time.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Oliver Trevor

    That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis (Reviewed & Analyzed by Oliver Trevor) WARNING: The following material contains spoilers. However, the beauty of this book is that knowing the plot is only half the story. The other half is drawing your philosophical conclusions about what C. S. Lewis was trying to say. That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis is the powerful finale to the Space Trilogy. With this book, C. S. Lewis again challenged the norms of twentieth-century theology and philosophy. That Hideou That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis (Reviewed & Analyzed by Oliver Trevor) WARNING: The following material contains spoilers. However, the beauty of this book is that knowing the plot is only half the story. The other half is drawing your philosophical conclusions about what C. S. Lewis was trying to say. That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis is the powerful finale to the Space Trilogy. With this book, C. S. Lewis again challenged the norms of twentieth-century theology and philosophy. That Hideous Strength beautifully elaborates on the original theme of the first two books: morality. In the first book, Out of the Silent Planet, the morality of destroying a Martian race in order to save humans was examined. In the second book, Perelandra, an immoral god-like being attempted to spoil the paradisaical planet Venus. Although many of my fellow reviewers on GoodReads focus on being derogatory towards the theology in this book, I think that C. S. Lewis wrote the theology in That Hideous Strength far better than he wrote the theology in The Chronicles of Narnia. Fundamentally, The Chronicles of Narnia was meant to influence young children’s minds to be unquestioningly and orthodoxly Christian. With the Space Trilogy, which the author aimed at adults with set religious views rather than children with moldable minds, the book deliberately called into question a reader’s theological and philosophical views. While there is Christianity in the Space Trilogy’s world order, C. S. Lewis also examined the complex, connected, and still-relevant principles of religion and morality. Like many books by C. S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength begins with a section on a few ordinary characters who appear to be unrelated to the book. One of these ‘ordinary’ characters was Mark Studdock, husband of Jane Studdock and Fellow of Bracton College in England. Mark, from a very early age, was a tag-along. He saw distinguished circles of individuals and desperately tried to appear as part of their circle. For instance, Mark used to eavesdrop on his sister Myrtle when she talked secrets with their neighbor, Pamela. While Mark tried to fool himself into believing that he was really interested in Myrtle's secrets, his true longing was to be part of Myrtle and Pamela's inner circle. Later on in the book, this character trait nearly cost Mark his morality and his life when he tried to reach the inner circle of a group of immoral, evil plotters. When discussing Mark, it is important to note that C. S. Lewis developed and dynamically changed his characters (such as Mark) brilliantly. Throughout the whole trilogy, the author never outright wrote lists of personality traits for each character. Using vivid but short moments from Mark’s past, C. S. Lewis built up a changing character who underwent various changes throughout the book. Rather than spending a great deal of time interrupting the main storyline to explain characters, the author cleverly interwove character development with storytelling. Much later in the book, C. S. Lewis spectacularly showed Mark having a mental breakdown. With supreme drama, the text showed Mark realizing that his whole life and existence had focused on tagging along behind the big people. In a moment, with few words, the author added a whole new dimension to Mark's character. NOTE: This quote is a superb example of C. S. Lewis's dynamic characters. The quote is from Mark's mental breakdown. With extraordinary clarity, but with renewed astonishment, he [Mark] remembered how he had felt about the Progressive Element [the group of political campaigners within Mark's college who never really got anything done] at Bracton [Mark's college] when he was first admitted to its confidence; he remembered, even more incredulously, how he had felt as a very junior Fellow while he was outside it—bent close together in the Common Room, hearing occasional fragments of their whispered conversation, pretending himself the while to be absorbed in a periodical but longing—oh, so intensely longing—for one of them to cross the room and speak to him. And then, after months and months, it had happened. He had a picture of himself, the odious little outsider who wanted to be an insider, the infantile gull, drinking in the husky and unimportant confidences, as if he were being admitted to the government of the planet. Was there no beginning to his folly? Had he been utter fool all through from the very day of his birth? Even as a schoolboy, when he had ruined his work and half broken his heart trying to get into a society called Grip, and lost his only real friend in doing so? Even as a child, fighting Myrtle [Mark's twin sister] because she would go and talk secrets with Pamela next door?…He saw himself as a little boy in short trousers, hidden in the shrubbery beside the paling, to overhear Myrtle's conversation with Pamela, and trying to ignore the fact that it was not at all interesting when overheard. He saw himself making believe that he enjoyed those Sunday afternoons with the athletic heroes of Grip while all the time (as he now saw) he was almost homesick for one of the old walks with Pearson [Mark's real childhood friend]—Pearson whom he had taken such pains to leave behind. He saw himself in his teens laboriously reading rubbishy grown-up novels and drinking beer when he really enjoyed John Buchan and stone ginger. The hours that he spent learning the slang of each new circle that attracted him, the perpetual assumption of interest in things he found dull and of knowledge he did not possess, the almost heroic sacrifice of nearly every person and thing he actually enjoyed, the miserable attempt to pretend that one could enjoy Grip, or the Progressive Element, or the N. I. C. E.—all this came over him with a kind of heart-break. When had he ever done what he wanted? Mixed with the people whom he liked? Or even eaten and drunk what took his fancy? The concentrated insipidity of it all filled him with self-pity. — Chapter 11 Moving to the setting, Bracton College was a historic but relatively unimportant college in the town of Edgestow, England (after World War II). The comparatively undistinguished Fellows of Bracton did a great deal of politicking, but most of their political games were entirely pointless or had no real effect. NOTE: The following quote demonstrates the spirit of Bracton College—letting on to be masters of political intrigue, but in reality having a very slight effect on the college's political state. "Well, I don’t know much about them," said she. "But in the University. Even Bracton itself. We all knew it was a horrible College, of course. But did they really mean any great harm with all their fussy little intrigues? Wasn’t it more silly than anything else?" "Och aye," said MacPhee. "They were only playing themselves. Kittens [the Fellows of Bracton] letting on to be tigers. But there was a real tiger about and their play ended by letting her in [the plotters mentioned above]. They've no cause to complain if when the hunter’s after her [the real tiger in MacPhee’s metaphor] he lets them have a bit of lead in their guts too. It’ll learn them not to keep bad company. — Chapter 17 However, there were two important pieces of information about Bracton. The first one was that the political intriguers (the Fellows of Bracton) formed a group called the Progressive Element, headed by a Fellow named Curry. The inner circle of the Progressive Element strongly attracted Mark. The second important piece of information about Bracton was that it was ancient. According to legend, the great wizard Merlin Ambrosius was buried on the grounds of Bracton. With setting and characters made into a dynamic mental picture, the author started the main story of the novel. A huge, nefarious, immoral conspiracy called the N. I. C. E. (National Institute for Coordinated Experiments) moved into Edgestow and purchased most of Bracton's grounds. The N. I. C. E. took criminals from prison and tortured them, while calling this practice "humane remedial treatment," brutally dissected live animals, and had its own brutal police force. This organization used political intrigue to gain control. Unlike Bracton, the N. I. C. E. had real power. To gain control of Edgestow, the N. I. C. E. staged riots. Then, they used the press to suggest that the local, non-institutional police couldn't cope with the rioting. Soon, the N. I. C. E. gained the legal authority to put Edgestow under what was essentially martial law. The essential goal of the N. I. C. E. was to thin down the human race to a few, hardened intellectuals. The rest of mankind was deemed recalcitrant and deserving their fate. However, the whole malevolent, diabolical N. I. C. E. was only a puppet of the devil-like Oyarsa(1) of Thulcandra(2). Unfortunately, the only being on Thulcandra at the moment with any experience in saving entire planets was Dr. Elwin Ransom. By the point in time described by the book, Ransom had returned to Thulcandra and was immortal due to his stay on Perelandra. Despite immortality, Ransom was in great pain and could not fight. Attracted by the power of the N. I. C. E. and not knowing what the N. I. C. E. really was, Mark joined the N. I. C. E. From then on, he would be killed if he left. Eventually, the ultimate battle between good and evil (Elwin Ransom's group and the N. I. C. E.) came down to Merlin Ambrosius. The real reason that the N. I. C. E. purchased Bracton's land was to find and resurrect Merlin in order to use him as a weapon of mass destruction. Luckily, Ransom captured Merlin first. Merlin allowed himself to be possessed by the Oyarses1 of the planets and gained ultimate, godly power in order to destroy the N. I. C. E. At that point, C. S. Lewis demonstrated good use of symbolism in a dream. NOTE: The following quote is a good example of how C. S. Lewis used characters' dreams for symbolic effect. C. S. Lewis was trying to symbolize how Merlin, not used to omnipotence, was being used up by his godly possessors. "Will that Merlin man come back here?" asked Ivy. "I don't think so," said Jane. "I don't think either he or the Director [Ransom] expected him to. And then my dream last night. It looked as if he [Merlin] was on fire…I don't mean burning, you know, but light—all sorts of lights in the most curious colors shooting out of him and running up and down him. That was the last thing I saw: Merlin standing there like a kind of pillar and all those dreadful things [the destruction of Edgestow and the N. I. C. E.] happening all round him. And you could see in his face that he was a man used up to the last drop, if you know what I mean—that he'd fall to pieces the moment the powers let him go." —Chapter 17 Another important symbol in the book was a newspaper serial story that Mark used to read as a child. At the age of ten, Mark abruptly stopped reading it and never looked back. He read bad novels that his idols read simply to "fit in." Decades later, after his mental breakdown, Mark picked up the serial again and read it from start to finish. To him, it was better than all the bad novels he read from ten onward. NOTE: The following quote shows, in the words of C. S. Lewis, Mark's change of heart toward his favorite childhood story. Two shelves in the little sitting room were filled with bound volumes of The Strand. In one of these, he found a serial children's story which he had begun to read as a child but abandoned because his tenth birthday came when he was halfway through it and he was ashamed to read it after that. Now, he chased it from volume to volume till he had finished it. It was good. The grown-up stories to which, after his tenth birthday, he had turned instead of it, now seemed to him, except for Sherlock Holmes, to be rubbish. That quote demonstrated deep symbolism and complex character development. The symbolic element was in how the author used a newspaper serial to symbolize Mark's whole life up to a point. Also, this quote changed Mark's character greatly. The character I dislike most is "Fairy" Hardcastle. She was the head of the N. I. C. E.'s police, and also enjoyed administering "humane remedial treatment(3)." Before discussing why "Fairy" Hardcastle was such a disagreeable person, it is important to understand the perspectives of C. S. Lewis's time. Knowing how readers of the day would interpret a character's behavior is important in order to interpret correctly "Fairy" Hardcastle. C. S. Lewis, in writing about Miss Hardcastle, was trying to create a rather disgusting character who looked friendly enough on the surface but was evil to the core. NOTE: This quote is a good example of C. S. Lewis using twentieth-century perspectives to make an unappealing character. While Miss Hardcastle would be considered decent today (now that corsets are out of fashion), corsets were the norm in C. S. Lewis's time. In addition, most women didn't smoke in the early 20th century. Mark found himself writhing from the stoker's or carter's hand-grip of a big woman in a black, short-skirted uniform. Despite a bust that would have done credit to a Victorian barmaid, she was rather thickly built than fat and her iron-gray hair was cropped short. Her face was square, stern, and pale, and her voice deep. A smudge of lipstick laid on with violent inattention to the real shape of her mouth was her only concession to fashion, and she rolled or chewed a long black cheroot, unlit, between her teeth. As she talked she had a habit of removing this, staring intently at the mixture of lipstick and saliva on its mangled end, and then replacing it more firmly than before. She sat down immediately in a chair close to where Mark was standing, flung her right leg over one of the arms, and fixed him with a gaze of cold intimacy. —Chapter 3 In addition to the subjective judgments that can be made about Miss Hardcastle's behavior, she was politically manipulative in a way that would still be considered nasty today. She tried to bring Mark into the N. I. C. E. (an act evil in itself, considering what the N. I. C. E. wanted to do) by playing on his weakness—his tag-along nature. NOTE: This quote demonstrates "Fairy" Hardcastle manipulating Mark into the N. I. C. E. Later on, she ["Fairy" Hardcastle] drifted into police reminiscences. In spite of some initial skepticism, Mark was gradually horrified by her assumption that about thirty percent of our murder trials ended by the hanging of an innocent man. There were details, too, about the execution shed which had not occurred to him before. All this was disagreeable. But it was made up for by the deliciously esoteric character of the conversation. Several times that day he had been made to feel himself an outsider; that feeling completely disappeared while Miss Hardcastle was talking to him. He had the sense of getting in [Miss Hardcastle sensed Mark's weakness and took advantage of it]. Miss Hardcastle had apparently lived an exciting life. She had been, at different times, a suffragette, a pacifist, and a British Fascist. She had been manhandled by the police and imprisoned. On the other hand, she had met Prime Ministers, Dictators, and famous film stars; all her history was secret history. She knew from both ends what a police force could do and what it could not,(4) and there were in her opinion very few things it could not do. "Specially now," she said. "Here in the Institute, we're backing the crusade against Red Tape." – Chapter 3 "Fairy" Hardcastle was not only manipulative on the personal level, but she also leveraged manipulation of the Press to control the opinions of the population immediately affected by the N. I. C. E. Through careful control of newspapers, Miss Hardcastle covers up or belittles the terrible acts of the N. I. C. E. police. In fact, according to Miss Hardcastle herself, only 2 papers were not under her control, and they would be "smashed." Since the N. I. C. E. was hiring droves of cheap, disagreeable workmen who would undoubtedly upset the peaceful inhabitants of Edgestow, Miss Hardcastle deliberately engineered rioting to prevent the N. I. C. E. losing control of the population's collective opinion. In the midst of the engineered rioting, Miss Hardcastle presented the N. I. C. E. as being a police-like force that would help keep the riots under control. All in all, "Fairy" Hardcastle was the most backstabbing (she pretended to be Mark's friend in order to gain his support, then left him to fend for himself as soon as he was no longer in favor), manipulative, and vindictive character in the entire book. If I could personally speak to Dr. Elwin Ransom, the Director of the group fighting the N. I. C. E. and the main character of the first two books, I would ask him if he honestly believed that his race was morally worse than the very animals of Malacandra (Mars) or Perelandra (Venus). While Ransom, in previous books, acts as if he believes what the Oyarsa of Malacandra tells him—that the evil Oyarsa of Earth corrupted humanity and all the other beasts of Earth—I wonder about Ransom's real beliefs. If he had to make a choice to save the solar system, if he had to destroy Earth or Mars to save all creation, which planet would he pick? If Ransom destroyed Earth, the solar system would be rid of evil but he would be killing off his own race. If he destroyed Malacandra, a beautiful and old civilization would be annihilated. In conclusion, That Hideous Strength is an excellent work of both philosophy and science fiction that questions the reader's ideas. FOOTNOTES: 1 – An Oyarsa (plural Oyarses or Oyaresu), in the Space Trilogy world order, was an interplanetary immaterial god-like being who ruled a planet. All the Oyaresu except the Earthly Oyarsa were good servants of Maleldil (the one god of the solar system). The Earthly Oyarsa, called the “Bent One” went rogue in the early days of the solar system. Although he was restricted to the Earth due to his evilness, the “Bent One” spoiled the human race while his good brethren created utopias on their planets. 2 – 'Thulcandra' is Hressa-Hlab or Old Solar (the ancient, interplanetary language of the solar system) for Earth. 3 – This treatment consisted of burning people with cigars. This 'treatment' was inhumane, didn't remedy anything, and certainly shouldn't have been called medical treatment. 4 – This book finds ways to make itself relevant even now. Police brutality in the book (from the N. I. C. E. police) resembles present-day police brutality.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    *Note: I never was good at writing objectively or critiquing books, so this will probably read more like a blog than a brief assessment of the series. Still, I hope you may be interested in what I have to say about C.S. Lewis's "Space Trilogy." Having read the first book, "Out of the Silent Planet," as a student at Taylor University, I was always curious about the next two. Now, five years after graduating, I finally got around to finishing both "Perelandra" and "That Hideous Strength" back to ba *Note: I never was good at writing objectively or critiquing books, so this will probably read more like a blog than a brief assessment of the series. Still, I hope you may be interested in what I have to say about C.S. Lewis's "Space Trilogy." Having read the first book, "Out of the Silent Planet," as a student at Taylor University, I was always curious about the next two. Now, five years after graduating, I finally got around to finishing both "Perelandra" and "That Hideous Strength" back to back. I accomplished this through listening to the audio books on Hoopla - check it out online and/or as a smartphone app; it's free if you have a library card (which is also free)! That being said, I would suggest that one either only read the entire series together or solely listen to all three, because some of the "foreign" names that I read about in the first book - and I did like reading the funny spellings - were not pronounced how I'd originally guessed, nor were the voices of some characters portrayed in the same way as I'd imagined they were in the first book; however, these deviations did not majorly affect the intrigue of the story. I digress. *Out of the Silent Planet Since I read this in college, my memory is fuzzy, but I enjoyed how the book - similarly to Narnia - whisked me away from the normal everyday life of the protagonist almost immediately and brought me to a world unknown that had to be learned and discovered with every page. In my opinion, C.S. Lewis did a great job of putting philosophical and theological ideas into the narrative and thought-provoking dialogue. (My personal interest in language and linguistics was also tickled as the main character, Ransom, was a philologist). The story brought me to consider the brokenness of the human race in a new light, literally, and to imagine what another, completely different, world would be like without being "bent." Instead of imagining what our own world would be like, it had me longing for a new kind of world in a fun, fresh, and fanciful way. Finally, I loved how the change that Ransom goes through was a beautiful redemption of his story from skepticism to belief. Favorite Quote: “To every man, in his acquaintance with a new art, there comes a moment when that which before was meaningless first lifts, as it were, one corner of the curtain that hides its mystery, and reveals, in a burst of delight which later and fuller understanding can hardly ever equal, one glimpse of the indefinite possibilities within.” ― C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet *Perelandra Ransom's story continues in the second book of the series through the eyes and story-telling of his friend and colleague, C.S. Lewis, the author! I loved how this made the narrative seem even more realistic and again starts out the book in a unique, personal way. The story did not go as I would have assumed it to, and was, to me, more drawn out and peculiarly hard to follow near the end - though it was well worth continuing to read to the end - than I would have liked; however, I did enjoy the way that C.S. Lewis brought me, yet again, to another imaginative, creative, new world that paralleled and hinted at having a similar creation story as ours, yet was completely different. It took me out of the narrative that I know so well from the Scriptures while at the same time allowing me to imagine the devious and deceptive devil against the pure innocence and beauty of the first image-bearers of God - the battle between evil and good - in a new but similar light. Favorite Quotes: “Where can you taste the joy of obeying unless He bids you do something for which His bidding is the only reason?” “Whatever you do, He will make good of it. But not the good He had prepared for you if you had obeyed him.” ― C.S. Lewis, Perelandra *That Hideous Strength I don't want to give any spoilers, so I will keep this review quite vague. This third in the series is very unlike the first two books; this one is narrated in the third person and jumps from one character to another. It does bring the reader back to seeing how Ransom is involved in the whole story, but it does not really show him as the protagonist. It also stays on our planet, Earth (or Thulcandra, the "Silent Planet"), more than I expected it to - completely - and does not revisit Perelandra or Malacandra except for references to them. It was saddened by this, but also completely whisked away again into another way of imagining the literal battle between good and evil in our own world today. C.S. Lewis combined the physical, scientific, spiritual, mythical, and magical realms fantastically and realistically from the viewpoints of very real types of people, so that I found myself chilled and emboldened in the believably of it all. I found myself rooting for each of the characters and following their stories, hoping for their salvation from the figurative and literal pulls of evil in their lives. It's a satisfying read. Side note of advice: don't read it in the dark if you can help it, though perhaps that helped me truly experience the terror of some chapters/scenes, so maybe do read it in the dark... if you dare. Favorite Quotes: "As the desert first teaches men to love water, or as absence reveals affection, there rose up against this background of the sour and the crooked some kind of vision of the sweet and the straight. Something else—something he vaguely called the “Normal”—apparently existed. He had never thought about it before. But there it was—solid, massive, with a shape of its own, almost like something you could touch, or eat, or fall in love with." “There are a dozen views about everything until you know the answer. Then there's never more than one.” ― C.S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength All in all, it's been a while since I've read any new book that kept me wanting to "turn the pages" or - keep listening - but these ones did the trick. I would highly recommend the "Space Trilogy" to any avid readers!

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