Thursday, December 19, 2013

Out of the Silent Planet

Out of the Silent Planet
by C. S. Lewis

Publisher's Blurb:
The first novel in C.S. Lewis's classic sci-fi trilogy which tells the adventure of Dr Ransom who is kidnapped and transported to Mars In the first novel of C.S. Lewis's classic science fiction trilogy, Dr Ransom, a Cambridge academic, is abducted and taken on a spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra, which he knows as Mars. His captors are plotting to plunder the planet's treasures and plan to offer Ransom as a sacrifice to the creatures who live there. Ransom discovers he has come from the 'silent planet' - Earth - whose tragic story is known throughout the universe...

My Reaction: 
For me, this was merely "alright".  I'm not hugely excited about the sci-fi genre to begin with, admittedly.  The allegorical component was interesting-- by far the most interesting aspect of the novel-- but in the end, it wasn't enough to really captivate me.  I mostly just wanted to finish the book so I could feel free to move on to something else.  It wasn't bad, but it wasn't very good, either.  Not enough happened!  Some readers may be sustained by allegory alone, but evidently I am not among them.

This is the first in a trilogy, but I have no immediate plans to read the second and third volumes.  Maybe someday, but certainly not right now. 

(This was a "shared read" with Donald, so I have no more specific comments.)