Ballroom of the Skies

by John D. MacDonald
Category: "Fiction - S. F./Fantasy"
Year of Publication:1952
Date Added:07/20/2008
Date Read:12/03/2014
Notes:Set in a dystopian future after WWIII has totally changed the political landscape of earth. One man, Branson, has hit upon a way to get the major powers to agree to stop fighting. But at the moment of opportunity, he is killed and the world begins moving toward another war. Branson's assistant, Dake Lorin, suspect that humans are being controlled. Suddenly, he finds himself in the midst of a group capable of thought reading and mind control. They decide he is worthy to be trained. Dake plans on taking the training and then turning on the group and stopping them. But he didn't count on Mary, a woman in the group who explains the purpose of it all. A large group of planets have discovered peace, but peace doesn't provide men capable of leadership, only war does that. So one planet, Earth, is kept in a perpetual state of war to provide leadership — and peace — for the Universe. When Dake understands, he signs on.
My Rating: 6

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Review - Ballroom of the Skies

Not a particularly captivating or well-written book, but interesting when you realize that MacDonald is exploring the idea of humanity's sinfulness. I've often thought that he thinks a lot the way I would think if I didn't have Christ, and this book shows that he even faced some of the problems that those without Christ can't solve. Science fiction was the only way he could explain sin.
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