Different people will give different answers to the question “Does God keep track of what happens here, and does he intervene?”. Some would say that it’s up to us, humans, to fight evil when we see it, while others would say that God is always on our side and sends his angels to help us. In the first book of “The Deiform Fellowship” Series, Sarah Ettritch introduces readers to an interesting concept: what if God had a secret agency like the FBI or CIA to help him keep the world in balance? And what if one of the agents he wants to recruit for his Fellowship were an atheist?
Jillian Campbell is a Deiform, but she doesn’t know it yet. The fact that she doesn’t believe in God doesn’t help at all, not even when Jim Preston, the local pastor, tells her he is an agent of God and tries to explain how The Fellowship works. However, when the pastor is killed and Jillian is accused of his murder, she realizes that what she dismissed as pure nonsense might be true, and that her only chance of solving the case and clearing her name might be to start believing in the existence of God’s Deiforms.
Sarah Ettritch has managed to create an intriguing plot and a complex character that readers will easily relate to. Jillian is not one of those atheists who say they don’t believe in God but are unable to support their claim with solid arguments. She had a traumatic experience that left her scarred for life, and now she is afraid of letting her guard down. She’d rather avoid people and avoid going out and socializing if that means no one will have the chance to ever hurt her again. Accepting that she is a Deiform doesn’t come easy to her. In order to do her job properly and truly help mankind, she must work with herself and change her own perspective on life, the world, good and evil.
“The Atheist” is a brilliant book that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. It raises some thought-provoking questions about God and how much he intervenes in our lives to keep us out from harm’s way, and it incites the readers’ imagination by suggesting the possibility of God having his own agency that helps him protect the world he created.