Black by Ted Dekker is just the first book in a series of four. These books were meant to be read in order: Black, Red and White. Green was written later and is meant to be both the beginning and ending of the story. I read Green last of all since I had already read the other three when it was released, and I'm happy that I read it in that order. It made perfect sense, but it's all a matter of preference.
The star of this novel is Thomas Hunter, who suddenly finds himself living in two very different worlds. Our real world, and his "dream" world, although the dream world is just as real. In the real world, the entire world has just been exposed to a deadly virus that only Thomas can stop. In his "dream" world, Thomas is fighting evil Shataiki and learning to love like Elyon.
In the beginning Thomas has no idea just how intertwined the two worlds really are.
Dekker weaves a beautiful story of love and betrayal in a timeless story about good versus evil. The story is so beautifully written and described that it sounds like poetry. There are multiple parallels in this story based on the Bible, with the first being that Elyon is God and the Shataiki are demons. Becoming a follower of Elyon is much like our becoming a follower of Christ, but much more graphic. Sin is so evident that it can be seen.
I rate this book as 5 stars, and would not be surprised to see it as a classic among C.S. Lewis' classics one day.