A meteor strike plunges the world into darkness. A stranger to the village of Brigos Glen restores power and light, supplied by three businesses, known as “The Company,” located beyond the forbidden mountains. The stranger reveals a plan so the Brigons can maintain the power and share the light with outlying territories, which remain shrouded in darkness.
Now, seventy years later, The Company summons six Brigons, including the young engineer Sam Mitchell, to attend a conference in the mountains of the forbidden Outlands.
Responsible for compiling a report about Brigos Glen from his five companions, Sam learns how managers and villagers largely ignored the plan or compromised it to self-interest, forsaking their duty to share the light. They also took for granted The Company responsible for generating and transmitting the power.
In an ordeal fraught with failure, revelations, and judgment, Sam discovers the true identity behind The Company and learns the fate that may befall Brigos Glen . . . that is, unless he can stop it.
The Company is a futuristic allegory full of wonder and suspense. At times the comparisons are easy to spot, at others more obscure, but throughout the book the actions of the other characters keep you on your toes. One minute predictable, the next explosive, it was their own changing attitudes that paint the confusion and scenery of this story.
Reminiscent of The Giver and Dekker's new Mortal series, The Company plants you in the midst of a selfish, greedy world that has lost sight of compassion and kindness. With a new, mysterious regime in charge and enemies at every turn, it is a bit difficult to relate to parts of the story - and yet this is exactly what makes certain characters who fight this mindset so appealing.
There are many lessons to take away from a reading of The Company - lessons of kindness, forgiveness, compassion, honesty, truth - and that doesn't begin to touch the true moral of the story, an understanding of the Trinity.
Graham has written a complex first book - and I look forward to reading the next installment of Sam's story, The Rise of New Power.
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I received a free copy of The Company from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
Chuck Graham's legal career as an attorney in private practice spanned more than thirty-one years. He represented many local, national, and international clients, acquiring intricate knowledge about the often-overlapping structures of the corporate world. He also worked against those seeking to create racial division, including the Ku Klux Klan. He has served as a member of the state bar of Georgia since 1979 and an instructor to attorneys and judges through the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE). He received the Medallion of Appreciation from ICLE.
Chuck is also a speaker and the author of Take the Stand (Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1996) and the compilations, A Year of Encouragement (Xulon Press).
In 1997 he founded Ciloa (Christ Is Lord Of All), a ministry devoted to sharing God’s encouragement with the world and teaching those who follow Him how to encourage others. Today Chuck serves as executive director and principal author of A Note of Encouragement, a weekly e-zine reaching 175 countries.
He and Beverly, his wife of thirty-four years, have lived in Lawrenceville, a suburb of Atlanta, for fourteen years. God has blessed them with three children. In his free time, Chuck enjoys backpacking and hiking (especially on the Appalachian Trail), playing the guitar, dabbling in photography, and reading extensively about the Christian faith.