The Mirror Apocalypse by John Ayang

November 7, 2018

By Olivia Roberts

While browsing through the Christian fiction section of my local book store, I found this new book by an author I honestly haven’t read before— Rev. Dr. John Ayang. Just reading the first few pages of this book was more than enough to seize my attention. From then on, it was hard to put the book down. The Mirror Apocalypse confronts the Catholic church's opposition to IVF (in vitro fertilization). The author, who holds a doctorate in bioethics from Loyola University of Chicago, decided to address this controversial and arguable life issue in fiction and try to bring more attention to this matter in question.

The Mirror Apocalypse follows the pope's and McCarthy's stories as it tackles the heaps of ongoing issues regarding medical science and religion. While most of the new technologies invented in the medical field are meant to solve life's problems, in some circumstances, their use can go against the religious dictates of some people and their faith. This book is an anecdote of just the kind of moral deadlock that has an impact on people.
What I really loved about this book is how the author exhibits leniency for all the characters. He really took his time to evolve the characters and their relationships. He was quite a storyteller. His research into the subject was fascinating and really took his time to get things right in this book, even down to the pacing and the progression of the story. There is a delightful, impeccable flow to the narrative. His writing style is exceptional, with many twists and turns that lead you one way, while surprising you, with yet another turn.

Once again, this is a very interesting book. It is one of those books that once you start reading, you do not want to put it down until you are finished. I thoroughly enjoyed it, the story was entertaining and unpredictable. Overall, there is a lot of compassion and humanity in this book. It is thoughtfully and cleverly written – very highly recommended. 

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