Overview (Masterplots II: Christian Literature)
In Black, the first volume of Ted Dekker’s Circle Trilogy, Thomas Hunter, a twenty-five-year-old in twenty-first century America, finds himself in another reality whenever he falls asleep or loses consciousness. He is told that this alternate world is Earth, far in the future following an event called the Great Deception in 2010, in which most of the world’s population was destroyed by the Raison strain, a deadly virus mutated from a vaccine of the same name.
After waking up, Tom reads a newspaper article about a vaccine just developed by Raison Pharmaceutical. Tom realizes he must warn the world before it is distributed. With his sister’s help, he begins a quest to convince authorities that the vaccine—touted as a revolutionary solution to multiple worldwide diseases—is actually destined to become a worldwide killer. His quest requires him to learn more about the virus, so he seeks to return to future Earth frequently in hopes of learning details that will enable him to thwart the villainous effort to destroy the world. Tom’s efforts to warn the world work paradoxically in the plot: His urgent report to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) becomes the very means whereby Valborg Svensson learns (via an informant at CDC) that the seemingly safe Raison vaccine has the potential to mutate into a deadly virus, setting in motion the very chain of events Tom is working to thwart.
In Tom’s frequent return visits to future...
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