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Forbidden (The Books of Mortals Trilogy #1)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  5,439 ratings  ·  650 reviews
Fleeing pursuit, with only moments to live, a young man named Rom stumbles into possession of a vial of blood and a piece of cryptic writing. When consumed, the blood will bring him back to life. When decoded, the message will lead him on a perilous journey that will require him to abandon everything he has ever known and awaken humanity to the transforming power of true l ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by FaithWords (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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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
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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
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
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
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
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
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
Cheryl Olson
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
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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
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
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
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
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.
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
Im pleasantly used to Dekker's descriptive style, push me to the limits Inspy fiction 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 wo
Timothy Ward
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
Nate LaClaire
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
Renn Shearin
Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee was a wild ride, steered by surprising twists, heartwrenching pain, breathtaking love, and beautiful allegories.

Four Hundred and Eighty Years have passed since humanity was almost wiped off the earth. Since then, the Perfect Order has been established. There is no more war, no more hate, no more more emotion, no more Love. All that is left is fear and the world wide peace that universal fear brings. Until the day when one man, Rom, finds out th
Jill Williamson
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
Jackie Miller
There are two things I know before I ever open up a Ted Dekker book: It will be good and I will be entertained. Written with author Tosca Lee, Forbidden is no exception.

A world devoid of all emotions except fear is the only way of life the population can remember. They have been saved from the Chaos of emotions by the strict principles of Order. Lacking the driving force to even care if what they are told is the truth, everyone believes they are better off.

Enter Rom. Rom's world is turned upside
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Fleeing pursuit, with only moments to live, a young man named Rom stumbles into possession of a vial of blood and a cryptic vellum. When consumed, the blood will bring him back to life; revive his emotions; when decoded, the message will lead him on a perilous journey that will require him to abandon everything he has ever known and awaken humanity to the transforming power of true life and love. But the blood will also resurrect hatred, ambition, and greed at terrible risk.

Set in a terrifying,
Ted Dekker has a very unique style.....and Tosca Lee just turn this into a very unique book!
With the amazing "good vs bad side" style of Dekker and an amazing descrption of emotions...this is by far one of the best things i've read this year.

But be careful, this kind of books are not for everybody, you have to have a very open mind to like a Dekker book, it has a lot of religious thing going on, and well, is not for everybody..but if you feel good reading about characters that are always questi
Egalley thanks to Hachette Book group

This is as different from Equilibrium as it could have been.

A very interesting idea which really if you think about it is believable.

After the last World War which nearly destroyed the planet and pretty much wiped out Asia and Middle East, the scientists managed to separate the genes responsible for human emotions in our bodies. A radical from The Order, a religious structure which preached world peace and non-violence, sponsored further research which develo
Christie Hagerman
Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee are probably two of my favorite authors, so finding out that they’d teamed up on a new series was great news. This is the first of The Books of Mortals. I’d read the predictions that this series would rival the Circle Trilogy (+1) but seriously doubted that would be possible. Well, maybe the predictions are on to something.

I LOVED IT! The violence that sometimes prevents me from finishing a Dekker book was manageable this time (maybe Lee’s feminine touch helped out a bit
It is the author match made in heaven – the heart-pounding thrills and pacing of Ted Dekker and the heart-rending character development of Tosca Lee – that makes Forbidden such an unforgettable read.
Dekker, known for testosterone-charged thrillers and speculative fiction like the Circle series and Immanuel’s Veins, brings his own brand of allegory to the table. Dekker writes in bold colors and broad strokes about sin in all its tragic loss and the terrible price at which grace is made available.
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What will it be like when all of us are emotionless except fear? Imagine no love, no passion, no happiness, and thus no sadness, no tears too. Why there is fear? Because with fear, we will follow rules. And thus the world will be peaceful without war. But is it really as what it seems? Or are we just a living corpse walking around th
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The Books of Mortals Trilogy (4 books)
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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.” 39 likes
“Wage war on death. Live for love.” 27 likes
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