Out of the Silent Planet

Out of the Silent Planet  by  C.S. Lewis   description:

The first book in C. S. Lewis’s acclaimed Space Trilogy, which continues with Perelandra and That Hideous Strength, Out of the Silent Planet begins the adventures of the remarkable Dr. Ransom. Here, that estimable man is abducted by a megalomaniacal physicist and his accomplice and taken via spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra. The two men are in need of a human sacrifice, and Dr. Ransom would seem to fit the bill. Once on the planet, however, Ransom eludes his captors, risking his life and his chances of returning to Earth, becoming a stranger in a land that is enchanting in its difference from Earth and instructive in its similarity. First published in 1943, Out of the Silent Planet remains a mysterious and suspenseful tour de force.

silentBOOK 1: Out of the Silent Planet   3 STARS

I’m a little conflicted on rating this book… it was interesting but it was rather slow, not boring slow, but just not a lot of excitement… and when you’re being kidnapped and forced to go to some unknown planet for unknown reasons you expect a lot of excitement… but it does have it’s moments that do help keep the story going and you want to keep reading… though I will say considering he is most famous for the Chronicles of Narnia… don’t go into this expecting it to be like that… for one… even though this is still held under Christian fiction it isn’t obviously religious as Narnia was though it does build up some, it feels more like a spiritual book… but with all the science fiction it’s really just more like learning about an alien race…

My one real problem with the story is that in describing the world they kept using 2 of the alien words handramit and handra… and maybe I just didn’t pick up the part where he was explaining this but it confused me the whole time and when I’m trying to understand what Ransom’s doing or going through and I can’t figure out what he’s saying it does kind of suck… Also Ransom is almost too human… his reactions are what I would expect mine to be… afraid, idiotic… and sometimes you just hope the main guy would be a little more awesome… but also he kind of assumes because the aliens there live a simple life that they must be stupid and so he begins by treating them like they’re ignorant children… but by the end he grows a lot and really learns… he becomes a character you finally really like and even admire for his efforts… even if it leaves you on so much of a cliff hanger that regardless you feel the urge to find the next book quickly…


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