Book Review: Perelandra

The Space Trilogy, Book 2
By C.S. Lewis

Dr. Ransom is called up by the Oyarsa of Malacandra to travel to Perelandra, known to humans as the planet Venus. He discovers an Eden-like paradise, in which he must prevent the Un-man, a possessed form of Dr. Weston, from turning Perelandra into a fallen world.

I really enjoyed this book. It was an interesting look at what our first parents (from a Christian perspective) may have been like. The Perelandrans, like Adam and Eve, are the beginning of a new race, with all the innocence said to exist in Eden.

Lewis suggests the idea that if Eve had resisted Satan’s temptations, we, too, could be living in a paradise, with no modern distractions like technology or even clothing to drive people to wickedness.

If you enjoyed the first book in the Space Trilogy, it’s likely you will enjoy this one as well, although it gets a little more philosophical in parts. All-in-all I think it’s an excellent sequel to Out of The Silent Planet.

This review originally appeared 28 September 2012 on

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