Christian - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
382 Pages
Reviewed on 12/02/2018
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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite

Supraphysica by Drew Boudreaux is a story of faith, loss, and new beginnings. Philip's life changes when he finds faith and is approached by the angel Gabriel, who offers him a chance to build a new world with a team. At first he's skeptical but when he receives angelic proof, he agrees to participate though his decision comes at a price. While he's away, his loved ones won't be able to remember who he is and, when he returns, the memories will be altered to having included him. In his new mission, he's partnered with the lovely Encar and their budding relationship sends him on a surprising path to happiness and faith, but bad news from home could change everything. Torn between his love for his family and his faith, Philip finds himself at a crossroads.

Philip is new to faith and the last thing he expected was to meet an angel who gives him a chance to create a new world. Drew Boudreaux delves into a lovely telling of Genesis in a modern setting as this team is divided into six days with each taking a job of creation. The imagery of the new world is wondrous and takes on the impossible, making it not only possible but extraordinary. Encar is a prominent character throughout whose journey is overcoming her issues with trust and the grief over losing her mother. Through friendship and understanding, she lets down a wall and takes a chance at trusting Philip, which results in a sweet romance. Philip is easy to relate to as someone who is new to faith and someone who is still trying to understand what faith is. Throughout his journey, he learns he's not the only one still trying to understand the bad in the world and still just trying to do the best he can. The loss of a loved one when Philip is away is heartbreaking and the emotion presented is genuinely written.

Boudreaux weaves together the story lines of various characters, connecting them through unexpected ways and using their stories to explore faith and grief. Encar's dad, Roberto, has a surprising connection to Philip's parents' - Ellie and Aaron - and his connection ends up helping the two deal with their grief. Roberto has been at a loss since his wife's death and is weighed down by the grief of it, so his journey consists of him trying to find his way again, trying to discover how to start over. Aaron and Ellie have marital problems which is mainly seen in his lack of support for her fundraisers and this leads up to a dire consequence. Even though their parents don't remember them, the absence of Philip and Encar is felt. Supraphysica explores themes of faith, loss, trust, and grief in a tale of angels and creation, and through an emotional journey filled with romance, action, and humor.

K.C. Finn

Supraphysica is a conceptual and well thought out work of Christian science fiction written by author Drew Boudreaux. Walking the line very carefully between science and faith can be a tricky balancing act, but with some fantasy elements and a whole new world concept, this novel does the trick. Philip is a student of sociology who expects to study, receive his degree and move on with his life, but that isn’t what faith has in store for him at all. When Philip is seconded into a project to recreate the world, giving him a powerful sense of faith, and then shaking it to the core within mere weeks, his whole perception on life and the human condition changes.

A post-modern take on contemporary living and the dangers of both faith and faithlessness, author Drew Boudreaux’s work was thought provoking and inspiring for me. Philip was a fascinating lead character who doesn’t originally come from a place of faith, so to see those inner battles going on within him was a great reading experience. The plot is interesting but slow moving, which allows for a lot of contemplation on the part of the reader and the central characters, so fans of literary works are likely to enjoy this more. It’s certainly a great conversation piece, and I think it would work fantastically as a book club read for discussions. Overall, Supraphysica is a mind-bending work of fiction which also hits home for the modern age and the way we live our lives.

Christian Sia

Supraphysica: Over Nature — Under God by Drew Boudreaux is a science fiction story with strong religious underpinnings, a tale that allows readers to see the clear intersection between faith and science. Philip is a sociology student at NYU and is looking forward to the beginning of the semester. But everything changes when he inadvertently befriends an angel and is drawn, together with Encar, into a secret project to create a new world. A new faith is born in him and he finds himself caught up in a whirlwind of extraordinary activities that allow him to use the power of faith and science to bring about a new world. Follow these characters as they embark upon an extraordinary spiritual odyssey that is both exciting and transporting. Will they recognize themselves at the end of the path? And what has prayer really got to do with the reshaping of the world?

Drew Boudreaux's novel is very inspiring, a story of faith that will find a welcome home with Christian readers. I was enticed by the originality of the story and the unique premise. A mission as big as the one entrusted to the characters definitely arouses the curiosity of the reader and makes them want to see how it can be accomplished. The characters evolve steadily in the deft hands of this storyteller; the plot is intelligently imagined and accomplished with mastery. The prose is beautiful and its simplicity augments the elegance of the story. Supraphysica: Over Nature — Under God is a story that makes readers believe in the power invested in them, the power of faith and hope, but it is also a story that communicates the message that we are not just called to be tenants of the earth but co-creators, people who care about the world enough to see it become a better place. The writing is fluid, balanced, and deft. I enjoyed the way the author shows how the contact between the spiritual and the physical creates transformation in the world around the characters. This novel is hugely inspiring.

Romuald Dzemo

Supraphysica by Drew Boudreaux is a surprising blend of science fiction and Christian fiction, an inspirational narrative with powerful themes. A sociology student is befriended by an angel and pulled into a mission he'd never imagined possible; the recreation of a new world through prayer and a new science of faith known as the supraphysica. Follow Philip and Encar on a spiritual path that allows them to deepen their faith and unlock an energy that has always been accessible to humanity, but one not so often used.

Drew Boudreaux's novel is deeply moving, inspiring, and built around an interesting and original concept. The reader is led to believe they have the power to recreate their world, to make it better, and this seems to be one of the messages of this book. The story is bold and immersed in reality. The themes of faith and science are handled alongside each other and the author allows a dialogue between reason and faith. The characters are deftly developed and readers quickly learn to love them. I was pulled in by the sense of mystery that characterizes the story from the very beginning, curious to know about the strange character who observes the children, shadowing them at the beginning of the narrative. This creates the intrigue that pulls readers in and forces them to dig deeper into the story. This novel has elements that will interest readers — a simple and engaging prose that is enjoyably fluid, unforgettable characters, and an exploration into the spiritual realm of faith. I found it to be hugely satisfying.

Sherri Fulmer Moorer

Phillip thought that January 25 would be the start of another semester at N.Y.U., and another dull day in the life of a full time student, until Gabe walked into his first class. The day takes a strange turn when Gabe asks to join him and his best friend, Ryan, for a lunch that turns into evangelism and a deep discussion on faith. Just after the meal, Gabe reveals that he's actually the angel Gabriel, and has come to recruit Phillip for a planet-building project with ten other people much like him. Soon, Phillip is spirited away to a compound, where he's sequestered for a planet building project for two weeks with several other people his age, while life moves on without them in dramatic fashion. Supraphysica by Drew Boudreaux is an intriguing tale that mixes faith with geo-science and science fiction to create a unique story of the power of the Gospel, faith, and redemption.

I enjoyed Supraphysica because it is a unique tale that tells a genuine and compelling story. The plot is engaging and I found the points about the power of love, faith, and prayer to be inspiring and encouraging. Drew Boudreaux does a great job tackling tough issues like demonic attack, doubt, why God allows bad things to happen, and environmentalism throughout the plot of this story, and weaves it into the tale flawlessly. The characters are also great examples of young Christians trying to understand their faith in a complex and confusing world. I love the faith themes, and recommend this to anybody with an interest both in Christianity and science fiction.