Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis: A Review
As a kid, I loved Narnia. So as an adult, I began to snatch every C.S. Lewis book I came across. Out of The Silent Planet was both similar and different from Narnia because it was filled with pure adventure, but it was also very science fiction. First of all, so you understand where my views are coming from, I do not enjoy sci-fi. Fantasy–I love. Sci-fi–not so much. I have fallen asleep during every Star Wars movie no matter how hard I try. It’s just not something that excites me…or maybe it’s too much. Too over-the-top, unrealistic while trying to be realistic. I’m not sure, but I’m always up for new things, so take this book review with that in mind.
Out of The Silent Planet follows a man named Ransom. He is kidnapped and taken to another planet where a gold-like substance is plentiful. His captors want to take over the planet and get rich off the gold so they offer the native people Ransom as a human sacrifice. The book narrates what his life becomes on this other planet and what occupies the strange mountains and valleys.
The first half was hard to get through for me, but I really enjoyed the second half to the point of me buying the next book in this trilogy. Knowing that C. S. Lewis bases his works around Christianity, I was looking for the comparisons the entire time. Out of the Silent Planet has a few moral dilemmas and it’s quite interesting to see both sides of the problem. If you are not religious, it’s okay, this book won’t hit you over the head with the Bible. But, when looking for the connections, they will stand out.
I grew up in a non-religious home and I never understood parents who wouldn’t let their children read works like Harry Potter. (I still don’t see the harm, now as a Christian.) Harry Potter kept my curiosity and imagination working well into my late teens. That series is the reason I am such an avid reader today. At the same time, The Harry Potter series has taught me an endless amount of morals. I can definitely see how novels by C. S. Lewis can help teach about Christianity without banishing all works of imagination. I think forbidding something only creates rebellion especially in things as small as a children’s book. ANYWAY…
The planet’s creatures in Out of the Silent Planet were quickly lovable and I finished the book with a bit of sadness that it was over. This surprised me because I was not looking forward to reading it in the first place. Luckily, there are two more books in this trilogy. I enjoyed the added realism at the end where C. S. Lewis discloses letters that a “Ransom” wrote to Lewis wanting his story told. I love when authors play along with their creations–it makes it enjoyable as a reader or “fan”.
If you remotely enjoy sci-fi, I would venture a guess that you will find this book entertaining. And if you don’t typically read sci-fi, I suggest giving Out of the Silent Planet a try. The story line is intriguing, the characters are fun, and it’s not overly space-y. Click the link below to purchase your copy of Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis.