I hope you’re having a wonderful beginning of week. Today I’d like to tell you about a novel I have recently read: The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber.
I did not especially enjoy this novel and this is why it took me quite a long time to finish it. Plus, it’s a loooong book (584 pages for the paperback). However, it’s probably worth telling you a bit about it because it contains some interesting elements and also because some people who have awesome reading tastes liked it (Jen Campbell, for instance) – so you may well enjoyed this novel!
The Book of Strange New Things is the story of a Christian missionary called Peter who is selected to take part in a huge project led by USIC, a mysterious organization/company that has colonized a new planet, Oasis. He is sent to this planet to preach to the Christian minority among the native people, the Oasans. The Oasans share some human features but they speak their own language and are considered as freaks by the people working for USIC. The hundreds of Oasans who are Christian and have named themselves “Jesus Lover number X” (replace X by a number) are deeply fascinated by the Bible, which they call The Book of Strange New Things, and very eager to learn more about it with Peter.