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  • Title: Arena
  • Author: Karen Hancock
  • ISBN: 9780764226311
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback
  • Callie Hayes is living a life of fear and disillusionment when she volunteers for a psychology experiment that promises to turn her life around As her orientation proceeds, Callie becomes frightened by the secrecy and evasion she encounters When she demands to be released from the program, she is suddenly dropped into a terrifying alien world and into a perilous battle bCallie Hayes is living a life of fear and disillusionment when she volunteers for a psychology experiment that promises to turn her life around As her orientation proceeds, Callie becomes frightened by the secrecy and evasion she encounters When she demands to be released from the program, she is suddenly dropped into a terrifying alien world and into a perilous battle between good and evil With limited resources and only a few cryptic words to guide her, Callie embarks on a life changing journey Will she decipher the plans the Benefactor has established for her escape, or will she succumb to the deception of the Arena
    Arena Callie Hayes is living a life of fear and disillusionment when she volunteers for a psychology experiment that promises to turn her life around As her orientation proceeds Callie becomes frightened b

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    1. To the person who recommended this book to me, first of all, I would like to say, Mother, that was one weird bus stop What do you get when you combine a western novel with a sci fi and a romance and Pilgrim s Progress You get a cowboy shooting blue laser light at demons to save his true love That s what And then you stay up late into the night trying to find out what happens, and you come away with the same sort of impression you have after eating sushi or kimchee for the first time weird, but s [...]

    2. I wish I could give this book a sixth star Take a dash of Pilgrim s Progress, toss in a good helping of The Matrix, and you get Arena by Karen Hancock Talk about a book I couldn t put down My teenaged daughter highly recommended Arena to me, and it turned out to be one of the most fascinating and unique novels I have ever read Sci fi fans will go especially crazy for this book, but everyone will appreciate the finely crafted allegory of the Christian experience Callie Hayes thinks she is signing [...]

    3. This has to be my favorite book of all time I have read this book several years ago and it has withstood the test of time Brilliantly wriiten I loved the concept of this story Makes christian fiction fun and interesting like never before.

    4. One of my favorite books, re read it again, have already read it a couple of times It is a very different kind of book, blending sci fi and Christian allegory, but it also is a great adventure and quite a ride, one of those books you can t put down A bit on the edgy side, so not for everyone, but very clear allegory On the back of the book it is described as a modern blending of elements of the Matrix and Pilgrim s Progress, and I would add and If you want something different, check it out

    5. This is my favorite book I didn t know what to expect when I picked this one up, but two days later I still couldn t put it down for than a few minutes I read it years ago and I still reread it It s got great plot, characters, pacing, and is a fabulous allegory of the Christian walk from before salvation til God takes u home I can t say enough good things about it It s a must read.

    6. I typically have a hard time with Christian Fiction, because, to agree with a few of the reviews, that genre tends to be too in your face or too Christian clich I happen to be someone who knows God to be much than cute quotes and easy street, so I get slightly repulsed by those types of books because they do not accurately portray the difficulty of life with and without God.While granting my limited knowledge of this category, I found Arena to be an incredible example of the walk of a Christian [...]

    7. Callie Hayes grudgingly agrees to participate in a psychology study as moral support for a friend However, frightened by the examiners secrecy and evasiveness one vanishes before her eyes , she tries to escape but finds herself cast into the Arena, a testing ground for participants of the study Armed with only a guidebook and minimal supplies, she is soon forced to trust the enigmatic Pierce, a man who claims to have spent the past five years in the Arena As Callie journeys toward the Gate, supp [...]

    8. I absolutely loved the first 3 4 of this book Great adventure, mysterious and interesting characters and a good visual of the alien world The only thing I would have liked is for the ending to have a little to itough I did like the very end where they meet up again years latert the most originalbut still cute and hopeful.I had no idea this was Christian fiction until afterward there was no religion pushing in this book just a lot of faith basis which was done in a way that didn t feel like prea [...]

    9. Solidly written I was surprised halfway through to discover it was an allegory for Christianity, but she manages to walk the line barely and keep it from being heavy handed Recommended if you enjoy CS Lewis s Space Trilogy.

    10. I m kind of torn with this book On the one hand, I did kind of enjoy it The writing wasn t anything spectacular, and the story was kind of strange, but it was interesting in a way that kept me reading although slowly than I would with a book that really captured me.Callie, at first, is a bit of a boring character She seemed pretty stuffy for someone that young I can understand serious, or reserved, but she came across as way older than she was supposed to be So, it was kind of hard to relate to [...]

    11. Arena by Karen Hancock.1 5 StarsI like to start my reviews with the best parts, themes, characters or whatever I think makes the book standout This book has already been a heavy discussion piece in my book club However, not for the reasons a book should be The only things about this book that I can muster in a positive aspect are the following the message and the overall idea.Unfortunately, the execution of the idea was atrocious The writing was bland, repetitive and overall boring There is virt [...]

    12. I enjoyed this book and didn t find that it was preachy in the Christian sense, despite the fact that is is listed as inspirational fiction I can certainly see the parallels and allegory, but I do not believe that it would be a turn off to someone who was not a deeply religious person I thought the message transcended Christianity as a moral tale of life, asserting ourselves and the choices we make I enjoyed the little bit of an added happy ending as well Sucker for the guy getting the girl.

    13. Hmmm This one was thought provoking for sure Enjoyable overall Although it was hard to keep with, with all the different names and terms etc.

    14. What a terrible excuse for a book Lost meets Hunger Games meets aliens so far so good meets a terribly disguised The Lord Jesus Christ is my personal savor, and if you don t believe, hell is in store morality metaphor First of all, I should have guessed, after reading the effusive Gratitude section at the beginning Thanks to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in whom we live and move and for all things have been created And to all those God provided before He saw fit to grant me the social valida [...]

    15. I m not sure where to start Though I enjoy this book from a purely sci fi standpoint, its undertone is simply unbearable Every time I manage to forget the fact that this book was written as a rather shitty allegory, something will come up that practically flaunts it The best way to put it is your friend is telling a mildly amusing story He means it to be humorous, but you find it interesting nonetheless Yet every time you manage to forget how stupid the point of your friend s story is, he ll ove [...]

    16. I didn t expect to enjoy this one, but I ended up really liking it It was sometimes hard so see past the heavy handed, rather corny fundamentalist Christian metaphors, though Once I finished rolling my eyes, however, I was completely sucked into the wonderfully crafted, full, lush world that she created Like every good book I have read, I was left wanting to stay in that world a little longer.

    17. I detested this book Although I don t mind an allegorical novel The Witch, the Lion and the Wardrobe comes to mind , I prefer them to be subtle This one basically took a sledgehammer to your head over and over again Without the finding Jesus allegory, this book became just a routine fantasy novel So, the question is why did I waste my time finishing this

    18. A very unique book, speculative in nature When Meg and Callie sign up for an experiment at the Univ of Arizona they have no idea where it will take them They separately end up in a place called the Arena , on another world and are confronted with life and death struggles in dealing with the environment.

    19. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK MY ABSOLUTE ALL TIME FAVOURITE BOOK I NEED SOMEONE TO RECOMMEND A BOOK TO ME THAT WOULD BE SIMILAR TO KARENS BOOKS I love the characters, the plot, the allegory and the cute little character romance

    20. Hancock has a way with world building, and she manages in this book to craft a thoroughly alien, yet eerily familiar world with a likable and believable main character The story is all about Callie growing into a strong, grounded woman It s primarily a spiritual journey, but unlike any allegory I ve ever read, and there s a lot of action no preaching The romance, while present, doesn t detract from the adventure although it does make the climax gut wrenching It s grittier than Hancock s series, [...]

    21. Typically, I don t get into books like this I like staying in this world I don t like traipsing off into different ones But oh boy What a journey I gave this 4 stars for knocking my socks off I was very unprepared for the adventure ahead I didn t like Callie for about 3 4 of the book She was just so I don t know But to keep this positive, what I did appreciate about her was her good sense to leave the first group and go back, and her good sense to like Pierce.This book was very allegorical and v [...]

    22. I might be leaning towards 4 stars I m still reeling from the allegory and how closely it describes the views of Christianity It was such an interesting way of telling the story and using symbols to help guide the characters It really made me think and reflect on my life and my path Pretty interesting

    23. Absolutely incredible Masterful in the way it sucks you into the story a good and real way, not a flighty way Wonderful story and beautifully written.

    24. It was wholesome and somewhat entertaining, but the allegory was too heavy handed for me to really enjoy it.

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