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Forbidden (The Books of Mortals #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  7,429 Ratings  ·  773 Reviews
New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker teams with Tosca Lee to create this gripping thriller set in a desolate future.

Many years have passed since civilization's brush with apocalypse. The world's greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace... and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for c
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Center Street (first published September 1st 2011)
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Carol I read The Giver in school and re-read it again before watching the movie (which is about as close to the book as movies get). I am only on chapter 3…moreI read The Giver in school and re-read it again before watching the movie (which is about as close to the book as movies get). I am only on chapter 3 of Forbidden, but I'm reading it after reading Mortal first not realizing it was part of a series until I finished it. I have to agree with Desiree. The two books have very different plots and little else in common. It makes me wonder if the news anchor actually read either of them. I also recommend both The Giver and the Books of Mortals series.(less)

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Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it

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
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
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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
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to the audiobook and while the narrator did a good job with the voices and emotions, I think this one may be better suited to an actual reading. My own mind could fill in the anger, love and spite of the characters.
The overall dystopian premise behind the book was interesting. When it began to fall into the realm of mystical occurrences it started to lose me. I'd rather have the story fleshed out with science completely or fully into the realm of the mystical. And I feel this one could
Chris Bauer
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
"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
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian
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
Cheryl Olson
Mar 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 14, 2011 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
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..
Rachelle Sperling
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Esma Tezgi
Jul 30, 2016 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
A Book Vacation
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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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
Gabriela Paige
Aug 08, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Dec 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Lectores Darkis y Metaleros
Recommended to Aideeeee by: Mercy
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
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
Jill Williamson
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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
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
Timothy Ward
Apr 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Book Club, July 2017
Listened on audiobook via Hoopla

This was one of those books that captured my attention with a cool premise, but then disappointed me in the execution of the story. I understand what the author was trying to do considering the premise. Humanity has lost the ability to feel any emotion besides fear. Obviously the story will require emotive language. However, sensationalism doesn't make up for weak writing. The story was rife with clichés, heavy-handed symbolism, mixed metaphors
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had not read anything by Ted Dekker and very wary of trying new authors. However, I am new fan of the co-author, Tosca Lee, so I decided to give “Forbidden,” the first book in The Book of Mortals series a try. I am very pleasantly surprised to find that Dekker is a very good at weaving a compelling, albeit gut-wrenching story. It seems that fiction lends more towards savaging kind, compassionate, noble characters. The brutal death of innocents appears to be the driving plot device in a lot of ...more
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reminded me of Ted Dekker's Circle Trilogy (fantastic read!). Love how Ted draws parallels to the gospels and uses his epics to point to Christ!
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,
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I'm definitely not a Ted Dekker fan (nor am I a Christian fiction fan, which is one of his primary genres he writes within), I haven't read anything else from Lee Tosca, but damn, this book knocked me off my feet with how awesome it is. Kind-of-secret dystopia! A post-nuclear Earth! Inhuman humans! This is definitely one book in the genre that literally gave me nightmares after reading it. If you're going to read an adult dystopian genre book this year, make it "Forbidden".

There's also the genet
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
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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
Oct 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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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
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