It is rare that I run across a book that makes me sit back and think, "Wow, I never really thought about that before, but it makes sense." So often when I read a novel today I am thinking, "This is a re-write of this book, or a combination of these two or three." While The Thorn contains many themes that have been covered before, there was a uniqueness in the premise that made it fresh and new.
The Thorn takes us through a wonderful journey of how Christianity might span beyond the confines of our small planet, and what that might mean for those elsewhere. In the bible in John 10:16 we read, "... other sheep I have, which are not of this fold ...". The Thorn takes this premise, and explores what followers of Christ may be like on a distant planet, and how their challenges compare to what we have experienced here.
Daron Fraley does an excellent job holding true to the story without adding too much emphasis about the book's foreign location. Readers who typically avoid science fiction or space related novels should not discount this book. The Thorn is not a deep technical evaluation of life elsewhere, but a simple journey that follows the lives of several people trying to not only survive, but rise above the challenges around them. The freshness of the thought process and uniqueness of the ideas make The Thorn a must read.