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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of Dystopian Science Fiction Novel The Lord of the World

Robert Hugh Bensonis became famous for his work titled The Lord of The World. This novel is a religious book that revolves around the rise of antichrist and worship of manly Idols. The author described the novel as Prophetic by use of dominant religious figures, including Pope Francis and Pope Benedict. This remarkable work piece contributed to honour Robert Benson with title monsignor.

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Author:  Robert Hugh Benson

Genre:  Dystopian Science fiction

Pages: 234

Goodreads ratings: 4.1 of 5

My Ratings: 8.2 of 10

Published: 1907 (Original publication)

Publisher: Independently published (August 14, 2019)

Language: English

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Review and Summary of The Dystopian Science Fiction Novel The Lord of the World

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The Lord of The World

The author base the plot of this novel on the secular idolisation of successful leaders and the reign of antichrist. It revolves around an English priest, Percy Franklin, who plays one of the eminent characters on the bright side. While on the other side, we have a dark and dramatic figure Julian Felsenburg. Julian has a persuasive personality and controls an official position in the US senate.

He believes that peace and harmony becomes destined if the folks would follow him. They know him for his quality leadership globally, but his origin is still in the dark as no one knows where he came from. His words were captivating and under his reign, the east and west had good terms and they settled the conflicts. People bent to what he said without giving a second thought. Many considered him the saviours of the falling empires.

Felsenburg accomplished well-known dignity as he became the president of Europe and at the end ruling the world. He sees himself as a dominant upholder of the secular humanism movement, while his major belief was that religious norms and churches are the main hindrances in the path of prosperity. As Felsenburgh implements his powers and set his humanism objectives into motion, the conditions worsened. He gets more impactful and anyone who resists became subjected to torture and execution.

The rules of Felsenburg could not convince Percy Franklin the priest. Some other loyal Catholics somehow, sense the upcoming horrors. Because of renunciation of beliefs, the churches became deserted and Percy got raised to the new pope. Belief replaced belief in god, in man. People worshipped Felsenburg blindly, while it scared others of the way he demands attention. These noblemen gathered in Rome to annihilate the faith of secular humanism. The priest and noble Catholics pledged to prevent the upcoming catastrophe restrained by Felsenburg.

The priests and his followers plotted a new pious order, the Order of Christ Crucified. They vowed to die in the name of faith. The English prime minister and his wife came halfway in the plot. They convince the Prime Minister by the new movement, but his wife can’t justify the killings that were happening on the behalf of World’s unity. Fortunately, the English priest recaptured the faith of the Prime Minister’s mother while the wife died, not restraining the faith, but upset by the entire circumstances.

As the conditions turned more devastating, and the Pope realised, the preaching was of no use; he called all the Cardinals from Rome. Meanwhile, the opponents planned to bombard the Abbey where the Officials were meeting. They carried the defensive strategy out by Percy Franklin. They sent them back home to prevent the execution of this destructive plan.

Felsenburg furiously ordered to destroy Rome, but the three cardinals were not there. As the cardinals heard the news of the attack, they made the youngest priest the new Pope. Unluckily, the old cardinal dies in Jerusalem while the other one got hanged and the third cardinal took his last breaths in the Holy Land. Heisenberg and other leaders ganged up to destroy every bit of faith left on the land. In response to this, the new pope had no other way to escape but to celebrate their end, so the Pope and the Catholics congregate to chant the melodies of Benediction, as the attack stormed on them. And the world ends.

Final Say on Dystopian Science Fiction Novel The Lord of the World

I rate this novel an 8.2 out of 10 as reading it was a great pleasure. This novel offers a masterpiece and successfully kept me engaged until the end. Although they wrote the fiction a century ago, it still accurately predicts radical changes of the modern world. The ending was a bit disappointing as the author shows the spirit to take over the rivals. But still I recommend this book. Would I re-read this novel? No. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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