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****That Hideous Strength

by C. S. Lewis

Reviewed June 30, 2006.
Scribner.  384 pages.

That Hideous Strength is the third volume of C. S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy.  This one takes place only on earth, and is a little more dated than the others.  Instead of dealing with space travel, it has Ransom working with the powers of heaven to stop an evil plot to take over the world.

That sounds stereotypical, but C. S. Lewis’s version of such a plot is quite different from any other.  We have Merlin waking from a long sleep.  The evil institute is called the NICE, and plans to start “modern” methods of punishment—“retraining,” as well as using propaganda and brainwashing to control the populace.

Of course, as in all of C. S. Lewis’s writings, there are wise insights about Christianity and, in this case, ethics, what makes a society good or bad.

This isn’t one I reread over and over and over again, but it’s definitely worth reading every ten years or so.  You’ve got a good, suspenseful, and imaginative story, and lots of food for thought.  If you’re a Christian and you like science fiction at all, you should definitely read this trilogy at least once.

Reviews of other books by C. S. Lewis:
Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy Book 1)
Perelandra (Space Trilogy Book 2)

Till We Have Faces
The Great Divorce
A Year with C. S. Lewis
Of Other Worlds
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Prince Caspian
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Silver Chair
The Horse and His Boy
The Magician's Nephew
The Last Battle
The Last Battle performed by Patrick Stewart

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