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Prohibido (The Books of Mortals #1)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  6,665 Ratings  ·  732 Reviews
EN EL AÑO 2005, especialistas en Genética descubrieron el gen humano que controla el temor innato y adquirido. Se denominó Estatmina u Oncoproteína 18. En 15 años se identificaron de forma similar todos los genes que influyen en las principales emociones.

Cerca de una década después, tras una guerra catastrófica que destruyó gran parte de la civilización, la humanidad prome
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 28th 2012 by Grupo Nelson (first published September 1st 2011)
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Desiree No they are not exactly the same. That newscaster mus not have described the book/movie correctly. The Giver takes place in a utopian society where…moreNo they are not exactly the same. That newscaster mus not have described the book/movie correctly. The Giver takes place in a utopian society where like Forbidden (and I must say, this is truly the only thing similar between the two from what I gather from Forbidden's synopsis) there is only peace. Besides that, the two stories seem vastly different. I have read the giver when I was younger too, and recently re-read it before seeing the movie. Forbidden seems to be (loosely) about a society of the undead/zombies, that don't actually look dead, and then finding an antidote that brings you back to life. Everyone in The Giver are very much alive! Also, if you still think that they have the exact same plot, The Giver was published over 20 years ago in 1993, so 21 years ago now. Way before Forbidden. So if anything, Forbidden copied The Giver, not the other way around. But this still does not seem like the case. The two stories seem very different although they do have something wrong in their utopian society and there's some sort of secret. (less)
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Sep 23, 2011 Isamlq rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I am restraining the urge to go all fangirly, given that is the first book of Dekker’s that I’ve read. But me saying ‘I liked this’ is quite the understatement. I don’t know what I was expecting when I first started it, but not this: Forbidden, with some (not all) of its well drawn characters. Or Forbidden, with its political intrigue. Or Forbidden with its world of fear.

The world. I should not compare this one to Delirium, but it’s what came to mind upon reading the first few pages. The d
Lance Schaubert
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This was, by far, the most frustrating novel I’ve read. It comes out tomorrow, for those interested.

Don’t get me wrong, Dekker put effort into Forbidden. He’d have to with his “New York Times Bestselling Author” blurb on every book. The book had moments of rapture, these moments where I believed these characters existed out there. Chapters clipped along, tiny hybrids of Brown and Grisham, pulling me in. Overall, it’s probably worth your time
Nov 25, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee make an awesome team! Wow! Forbidden, the first in what I am sure will be an amazing series, had such a unique (and really cool) story plot. A world where no feeling, except fear, exists. It may seem like a really bizarre and far-fetched concept to grasp, but—in true Ted Dekker style—by the end of this book you’ve come to believe in it as firmly as Rom and his friends do. Simply amazing!

Each and every character in this book was
Jul 31, 2015 Denisse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everytime I want to read something different, I pick up a Dekker. And I know that almost nobody likes his work but I'm a huge fan of him. You need to have a very open mind, it has a lot of religious stuff going on but is worth it and I don't mind religion once in a while. Great characters and interesting story.

480 años después de la Era del Caos(guerras entre continentes), el mundo vive muerto, o casi, bajo un tipo de represión sin emociones salvo una, la única capaz de mantener a todos control
Chris Bauer
"Forbidden", the first in a series by Ted Dekker and Toscas Lee, is the story of a dystopian future where humanity exists without any emotion, save fear. An unlikely band must find a way to defeat the Order and restore mankind.

I'm not certain why but this book did not appeal to me for a variety of reasons. I thought the premise, basic challenges and background were very unique and original. It appeared that the authors provided great effort to making a coherent and compelling background. Several
Esma Tezgi
Aug 01, 2016 Esma Tezgi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Yasaklı, mantık hataları ve amaan işi zorlaştırmaya ne gerek var tarzında yazılmış basitliği dışında genel olarak güzel bir kitaptı, kolay okunan bir tarzı var ve sayfalar hızlıca aktı gitti. Ancak okuyup bitirdikten sonra tatmin olmadığınızı hissediyorsunuz, her şey fazla basitti çünkü, yazarların daha fazla emek harcamasını dilerdim, kitap ne yazık ki hayal kırıklığı oldu benim için. İyi ki serinin diğer kitaplarını almamışım diyorum, şuan hiç okuyasım yok, fazla basit geldi çünkü. Seriyi n
Cheryl Olson
Aug 23, 2011 Cheryl Olson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
There are just certain things that apart, truly are great all by themselves, but if you were to combine these two things, you get an end result that is quite remarkable. For example- love peanut butter, love chocolate, together they are amazing. Then there’s Batman and Robin- both very cool crime-fighters in their own right, but put them together and you have the Dynamic Duo. This is of course what you get when you combine fast paced, adrenaline producing, NY times bestselling author Ted Dekker ...more
This book is basically a dystopian retelling of the story of Jesus. It's about 500 years in the future, and society has eradicated every emotion except for fear. And everything is going along peacefully, if boringly, until one day when a young man named Rom finds himself in possession of a vial of blood and a sheet of vellum with an odd code on it. When drunk, this blood will return to the drinker the full spectrum of human emotion, thus waking him from the dead life that is humanity's current l ...more
Sep 14, 2011 LRC rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FORBIDDEN (The Book of Morals, #1) is the collaboration of authors Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee. It is no secret that I am a huge Dekker fan, so when presented with the opportunity to review this book, there was no hesitation on my part to accept. There was just something about the entire premise of this new series that just screamed EPIC.

FORBIDDEN is so reminiscent of Dekker's Circle series that I was immediately emotionally invested.It has Dekker's mastered thriller feel and slightly graphic conte
Rachelle Sperling
I loved Dekker's early works, but his latest books haven't appealed to me...until now.

The world is populated by the living dead; they just don't know that they have died.

Stripped by a virus of all emotion except fear, humanity as we know it has ceased to exist. War and the pain of loss are unheard of on the earth. But so are love, hope and joy. But not all have forgotten what it means to be alive. A secret society of keepers guard a vial of blood that has the ability to temporarily re-awaken emo
A Book Vacation
It pains me to say that this novel wasn’t my forte. This is my first Dekker novel, and while I’ve heard many glorious things about his writing, this particular story just didn’t reach out and grab me. Although the underlying concept of the novel is quite superb, I never personally connected with the characters, which is a must for me. I understood the character’s plights, and I disliked the bad guys and cheered on the good guys, but that was the extent of my connection with them. Now, I was quit ...more
Gabriela Paige
I did enjoy this book, don't get me wrong. But I had a few problems with it and I was in a major reading slump. But let's move on.

Humanity has been stripped of it's emotions, all except for one: fear. The world is at peace, but is it really peace when humans no longer have what makes them human? But it is all about to change. Rom is given vial of blood that, once consumed, has the power to give the person back all the original emotions people use to have. The message that came with the vial will
I've had Forbidden in my TBR pile for about two years (I know, I'm about to reach book-hoarder status), and I never put it off for any particular reason. In fact, Tosca Lee is one of my favorite authors, and I'll recommend her to most everyone. I've only read one other Ted Dekker novel, and while I can see his widespread appeal, I wasn't amazed by it. It was a good, solid read.

To be honest, I'm a bit conflicted when it comes to this review. There were some parts I really loved, and I was moved..
Apr 14, 2014 Aideeeee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lectores Darkis y Metaleros
Recommended to Aideeeee by: Karou!
Empezó bien y entonces... (view spoiler)

Pues a ver, la historia va sobre una sociedad utópica que a mi parecer funcionaba excelente, donde la gente estaba privada de las pasiones. Pero entonces hubo algún señor alquimista inconforme Darth Sidious, que convirtió al lado oscuro a Scar Saric, el hermano de la futura gobernante. Y entonces éste empieza la búsqueda de una sangre que es capaz de regresar a la gente al Caos. Entonces acá entra Rom Sebastian que por
Jan 05, 2012 Aaron rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, ebooks, nook
I can usually get some enjoyment out of just about any book, but I found this one really hard to get into. The premise of the book was really promising, and I even read the prequel first and enjoyed it. But for whatever reason I just found the characters boring and all of their actions so improbable and ridiculous. The way they acted never seemed to match the way the story line and the world was built (they're supposed to consumed by fear and always follow the Order, but they never seem to have ...more
Timothy Ward
Aug 03, 2011 Timothy Ward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Forbidden is a book about a dark future where the only emotion your genes can produce is fear. The world is ruled by a Sovereign, who obeys the rules set forth in Order, to live in harmony with the rest of mankind. Death is uncommon and war long forgotten, though vile practices still slither unnoticed in the shadows to make it all possible. Everyone is dead because there is no love - that is, until one man is given a vile of blood capable of restoring all of his emotions. Ted Dekker and Tosca Le ...more
1.5 stars. Sigh, such a fascinating premise, but such a dreadful writing style. The problem with this book is that it is adult fiction, but if you took out the few violent scenes, it is written as a middle grade book. Short sentences, stilted cheesy conversations, over-usage of the same words, overly dramatic behavior, and moral lessons being repeated over and over until they are chiseled into your head. Worst of all, the mother of all instaloves is in this book. To be fair, it is due to a chemi ...more
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My supply of Christian fiction has sort of run low ever since I started reading more YA books, so new books from my favorite Christian authors are always exciting and squee-worthy. One of the dream team-ups I had ever since last year when the news went out was Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee, and I have waited with anticipation over this book, Forbidden . Imagine my excitement when I saw that the book was available in Netgalley.

In the year 2005, geneticists discovered that th
Jill Williamson
Dec 03, 2011 Jill Williamson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rom, an obedient member of society, becomes an instant outlaw when he comes to possess a vial of blood and ancient letter, given to him by an old man his father knew. In a society devoid of all emotion by fear, Rom is scared of being killed. He flees to his friend, Avra, but she is afraid as well. Rom replays the words of the old man over and over in his mind, and seeing no other way, drinks a portion of blood from the vial. And becomes human again, fully feeling all things. Avra takes some bloo ...more
Sep 07, 2011 Britni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forbidden is the first book in a new trilogy by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee. I've never read The Circle Series or anything by Ted Dekker for that matter, but after reading Forbidden I will finally pull The Circle Series off my shelf.

Let's start at the beginning. In order to create peace, 480 years ago humans were given a highly contagious drug created to alter human DNA to remove all emotions other than fear. Can you imagine a life without pain and sorrow? Without joy and love? That's the only life
Well... this was one interesting story. I've read Dekker by himself, then Dekker and Healy, and now Dekker and Tosca Lee (whose writing I adore!) I can see bits an pieces of the feminine perspective in this story. The imagery surrounding love was pretty profound. Better to have loved and truly live, then to merely exist. That was a big part of the story. It made me also think of the scripture where it says Jesus came to give us life, and not just life, but abundant life. That symbolism is clearl ...more
Nov 30, 2011 Bridget rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one took me by surprise. Interesting take on a future world where humans are genetically manipulated so that the only emotion they have left is fear. This fear is used to keep them pacifistic & docile. The current humans are unaware of this manipulation. In comes our hero Rom who discovers that there is a potential cure and a little boy who can help the human race recover their other emotions. Good read & I'm looking forward to the sequel.
Travis Bow
Jun 29, 2016 Travis Bow rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Travis by: shannon bow
There was kind of a cool analogy in this book: a race of people without emotions and thus not fully alive (representing people without God who are "dead" in their sin), blood that could bring people back to life, but only temporarily (representing the law / animal sacrifices of the OT I think), a predicted/prophecied boy whose blood would bring everyone to life (representing Jesus). The analogy was by no means subtle, and it was a big stretch to make it work sometimes, but it seemed to fit OK.

Feb 27, 2016 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a genre that I would normally read. Post-apoptalitic stories are not my interest. But when I read the story line and read many of the reviews here on Goodreads, it struck my interest and I thought I would give it a read. I am glad that I followed my interest. Very glad.

The story line is well developed, drawing you in and keeping your interest throughout the whole story. Though it is futuristic, it captivating, intriguing, and very suspenseful. The authors keep the story alive contin
Jan 19, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me praying that I could write fiction that is such a page turner. If a book has you praying to God that you would exemplify its writings, it's gotta be good! Dekker and Lee take us on a wild ride into a dark world ruled by a new world order that has purged society of all emotion except fear. Questions will be raised from this topic. How much do our emotions impact our daily lives? Do they interfere with our logic or do they aid our logic?

I will mention this is a rather dark book,
Si Hua
Nov 18, 2015 Si Hua rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
2.5 stars

Interesting storyline that had the potential to be much more than it is. The writing was overall inconsistent; some chapters read to be very cheesy or sentimental, while others were macho and manly. As such, the reading experience was choppy and one can (easily) guess who wrote which part. While sentimental isn't necessarily a bad thing, it has to be executed well, which I find Forbidden constantly trying and failing to do. Descriptions can go a little overboard, especially on things
Apr 28, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was a bit out of my comfort zone as it had a fantasy feel to it (and I’m not generally drawn to fantasy) but I found it to be very interesting and enjoyable. I decided to read this book because I owned this one (found at Goodwill) and book 2 (from Ollie’s) and stumbled across book 3 while shopping at my local grocery store. It was in the bargain box, priced at $3.50 for hardcover but I didn’t want to buy it until I started book 1 to see if I would like the story. I bought book 3 after ...more
Listening to the CD first and plan to get the book hopefully today from the library. I like to follow CD while reading; sometimes the audio works when multitasking but can lose sight without the words in your face.

It starts off pretty interesting and different style of Ted Dekker so far with a co-author could be the reason. Never read Tosca Lee but will consider to do so after this series. The narration is very intriguing and grasp me into the storyline about a new world, its order, and former R
Jul 23, 2015 TinaB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Im pleasantly used to Dekker's descriptive style and violent gore.

Forbidden is no different, plenty of blood, guts and foul things happen to the characters in this world and while Ive me to expect this style from Dekker, I actually found some of the violence a bit overboard- the murders and some particular scenes felt forced and dare I say it- a bit contrived. And that's hard for me to say as I'm an extreme Dekker fan, there's not much he can write that I wouldn't like, however I couldn't help
Nate LaClaire
Sep 14, 2011 Nate LaClaire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What would life be like if the only emotion we were capable of feeling was fear? In Forbidden, authors Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee describe a future society that believes it has evolved from the chaos of experiencing multiple emotions. As the story unfolds, we learn, with the book’s hero, that the reality is much darker: a previous world ruler used a virus to change the citizens’ DNA in order to give him more control by allowing only fear to be experienced. Fortunately, a group of people has been t ...more
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Ted Dekker is known for novels that combine adrenaline-laced stories with unexpected plot twists, unforgettable characters, and incredible confrontations between good and evil. Ted lives in Austin with his wife LeeAnn and their four children.
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“It's the sorrow you feel that allows you to crave love. Without the suffering, there would be no true pleasure. Without tears, no joy. Without deficiency, no longing. This is the secret of the human heart, Rom.” 45 likes
“Wage war on death. Live for love.” 29 likes
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