The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials (Unabridged) - Philip Pullman
Let me start off by saying that I am a fourteen-year old boy who has been baptized, believes in God, whose father has a PhD in Theology, and whose savior is Jesus Christ. Please don't skip over this review just because of my age. There has been a lot of talk over The Golden Compass and religion. Let me clear things up. There is absolutely no anti-religious content in this book whatsoever. This story is about a twelve year old girl who goes on a trip to rescue her friend who has been kidnapped. There is a little violence, but nothing that a parent would be horrendously offended by. There is nothing anti-religious about this book. A lot of people writing reviews seem to have missed that point. This story is a very good work of fiction that I loved. In the second book there is a little more violence, but my ten-year old cousin, who has also been baptized, has read all three books and was fine with it. In the second there is talk about a war with God, but nothing really happens until the third book. The third book is the most violent and does involve a war with God. It is not as it seems. God has hired a regent to oversee the goings on of his created worlds. The regent slowly grew his power until he overthrew God and locked him up. The war is against the Regent, not God. In the end of book three, two children find God locked up in a glass cage. The book describes him as a terrified, helpless, beyond ageless angel. The two children take pity on him and free him from his prison. He steps out of the cage, and looks at them with a look of glee so delightful that the children smile. He then dissolves into thin air. That does not at all seem like killing God to me. They are setting him free, and helping him. I believe that God cannot be killed or destroyed. I accept this part of the story as fiction. The book is a child's FANTASY. Key word: Fantasy. In this book witches fly, giant polar bears talk, and an animal represents a person's soul. Since all this is obviously fiction, why can't we accept the releasing God part as fiction? If you skip His Dark Materials, you will be missing out on one of the greatest fiction works of art of our time. Read it for yourself, don't let others do that for you. Please.