96th out of 117 books — 192 voters
Eclipse of the Sun (Children of the Last Days #2)
In this fast-paced, reflective novel, (the second in a trilogy following "Strangers and Sojourners") Michael O'Brien presents the dramatic tale of a family that finds itself in the path of a totalitarian government. Set in the near future, the story describes the rise of a police state in North America in which every level of society is infected with propaganda, confusion...more
Paperback, 857 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Ignatius Press
(first published May 1998)
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I picked up this book for 25 cents at Goodwill. Knew nothing about it, or the series that this novel is a part of (although each novel in the series also serves as a stand alone, so you aren't missing out if you start in the middle). It's a beautiful book that changed my opinions about the Catholic Faith and that had me literally cheering during one tense scene.
O'Brien plays to his weaknesses, not his strengths, in this nearly completely unbelievable tale of government and society spiraling towards the Apocalypse. Even I, who can usually believe anything of the Canadian government, had a hard time swallowing this one. It soured me on the whole apocalyptic genre.
I enjoyed this series. It was a thought-provoking futuristic series. This final one did not move as quickly as The Plague Journal, but O'Brien still created a huge cast of interesting and sympathetic characters. Still, nothing comes close to his breathtaking Island of the World.
The first half dragged a little bit but then the pace picked up. My favorite chapter was the thirteenth, when some priests and the bishop started waking up to the danger (evil) around them and the laity and they, the priests and bishop, started basically doing their jobs.
Michael D. O'Brien is a Roman Catholic author, artist, and frequent essayist and lecturer on faith and culture, living in Combermere, Ontario, Canada.More about Michael D. O'Brien...