Book Review: Broken Angel by Sigmund Brouwer

Amazon summary
Her birth was shrouded in mystery and tragedy.

Her destiny is beyond comprehension.
Her pursuers long to see her broken.
She fights to soar.

In the rough, shadowy hills of Appalachia, a nation carved from the United States following years of government infighting, Caitlyn and her companions are the prey in a terrifying hunt. They must outwit the relentless bounty hunters, skirt an oppressive, ever-watchful society, and find passage over the walls of Appalachia to reveal the dark secrets behind Caitlyn’s existence–and understand her father’s betrayal.

In this engrossing, lightning-paced story with a post-apocalyptic edge, best-selling author Sigmund Brouwer weaves a heroic, harrowing journey through the path of a treacherous culture only one or two steps removed from our own.

My review
Broken Angel and its sequel Flight of Shadows take place in an alternative future…or maybe not-so-alternative. It’s obvious that the author wrote this story as a cautionary tale, a warning of the possiblities awaiting our country if we don’t change our path. The story is great and stands on its own, though.

Caitlyn and her father, Jordan, have been living in Appalachia, which is now an oppressive country bordered by fences and thrown back into the dark ages by a dictator who refuses his subjects the right to read or to enjoy any privacy. Jordan Brown chose to live there 16 years ago because a life “Outside” was impossible with the authorities looking for him. But, now it is safer for Caitlyn to be Outside and Jordan will sacrifice anything to help her get there.

This is an emotional and suspenseful book. Jordan and Caitlyn are pursued by Appalachia’s most feared bounty hunter, as well as a federal agent from Outside. Local police are soon involved and no one can be trusted. Yet, Caitlyn is forced to trust her new travelling companions, while we learn that things are not always what they seem.

I received Flight of Shadows as part of a review program without realizing that it is a sequel. I did realize it before I started it, though, and got Broken Angel from the library. I’m really glad I did. Not only is it a fabulous book, but the two books really should be read together. There is an ending in Broken Angel, but the story is not complete, and if you only read Flight of Shadows, you’ll be missing important information. I suppose the second book could stand alone, but I wouldn’t recommend it. I really don’t think it would be as enjoyable.

You can read an excerpt here.

About the book
Title: Broken Angel
Author: Sigmund Brouwer
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Release date: May 20, 2008
Pages: 256
Where I got the book: From the library
Rating: 5 stars

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