"Flight of Shadows" is a science fiction book that takes place in a post-apocalyptic America. There is even a large section of America that has seceded and has formed its own nation, an ultra-religious society called Appalachia. Our main character is Caitlyn, who, because of genetic manipulation, is valuable to many sects of people in Appalachia and in America. Unfortunately, she doesn't know that. All she knows is that she is being chased.
And, really, that is what this story is about. This girl being chased. Being chased by her old friends (who helped her escape Appalachiaâ€”then she ditched them), by her new friends (who try to help her but she runs off), by the good guys (who want to help her but don't know why she needs help), by the bad guys (who want the secrets inside her), by the other bad guys (who want her because they are turned on by "freaks"), and by the other bad guy (who was hired to take her back to Appalachia).
You would think with all these characters that the reader would actually start to care about them at some point. For me, this never happened. The good guys are jerks, the bad guys are monsters, and the â€˜heroine' is so one dimensional that it is frustrating.
In addition to this book being pretty one dimensional, it is extremely graphic. The violence in this book is off the charts. It starts out early with one of the characters losing an eye in a terrible and grotesque fashion. I will not burden you with any of the details, but it was over the top and not necessary. Plus, there are multiple mentions of rape and child molestation cultural norms. The rich do whatever they want to the poor and the poor just have to take it. It seemed as if that is what the author was trying to write about. The differences between the four classes of people in this society are staggering and very sad. I am sure the author is trying to teach a lesson in social policy or something, but it gets lost in the gore of the rest of the book. He tried to create a vehicle to teach a lesson and got very lost along the way.
The story of the genetic manipulation was interesting and could have gone somewhere. Regrettably, the violence overshadows everything else and makes this book not worth reading.
"Flight of Shadows" by Sigmund Brouwer was sent to me as a review copy from the group "Blogging for Books" through WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers.
When I first read the back cover of this book, it sounded REALLY interesting. I liked how the whole, "her genetic secret could change humanity forever." It made me think about the missing link. That this girl was the missing link! I love science fiction, but I don't like it when I have to understand the science aspect of it. The science fiction that helps me understand the science aspect, rather than assuming I do, is that kind I enjoy reading. Sadly, this book didn't help me do that. I honestly couldn't get past the second chapter. I tried so long to read this book, but I just couldn't finish it. It didn't grab me in with the prologue and I was just continually bored with it. The first chapter was good, the part that was in Caitlyn's perspective, but right after it went into a guy's perspective. This guy was in a sewer and he was eating rats and sucking out all their blood for survival. It's just not something I want to read about. I know several people enjoyed this book, and I think that's awesome. This book just wasn't my cup of tea.
What a great, suspenseful book. This is a very fast paced story that grabs your attention from page one. Moral boundaries are tested and broken in this future world and I found myself rooting for Caitlyn as she is constantly on the run, trying to survive. Flight of Shadows is the sequel to Broken Angel, which I have not read, but there is never a moment when I felt lost in this follow up story. A story of the love of friends and family and the desire to be free.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! I am so far behind in my reviews it's not even funny! I am taking the last day of this year, 2010 to post a couple book reviews that have been waiting to be posted for the last month or so! That's how busy, crazy it has been around here! So....without further ado.... These two books are a great way to end the year and get right into the new year!
The first one is Flight of Shadows by Sigmund Brouwer. This one was provided by WaterBrook Press free of any charge or obligations. I am not expected to provide a positive review of this book or anything. So everything you read here is of my own opinion.
Flight of Shadows is a great book for the suspense lover. And, I happen to like suspense, so I really liked this book. This book happens to be the sequel to Broken Angel (click this link to view the Prologue and Chapter 1). I have also included the link for Chapter 1 of Flight of Shadows. Click this link to view the Prologue and Chapter 1.
I haven't had to opportunity to read Broken Angel, but I intend to rectify that. It was a bit difficult to read Flight of Shadows and not have to background to fall on. But that was my fault, not the author.
Flight of Shadows is a well-written novel. Brouwer is brilliant in his usage of imagination, description of his characters and the plot itself. You find yourself completely involved with Caitlyn's plight and flight from those who would harm her for who and what she is. She finds herself relying on the help of one she doesn't trust, to get her to people she believes will help her.
Flight of Shadows will not disappoint you, especially if you have read the prequel, Broken Angel. I intend to find that book, read it and then re-read this one. Don't be surprised if there will be another review!
Sigmund Brouwer has written eighteen books besides Broken Angel and Flight of Shadows. He promotes literacy by giving writing workshops in schools from the Arctic Circle to inner city Los Angeles. He is married to recording artist Cindy Morgan (who happens to be one of my favorite singers!), has two young daughters and they split their time between Tennessee and Alberta, Canada.
You can find Flight of Shadows at most of your favorite bookstores and online.
Part speculative fiction, part sci-fi, and part political statement, Flight of Shadows by Sigmund Brouwer is the sequel to Broken Angel. Caitlyn Brown's unique, manipulated genetics have the potential to change humanity, but she doesn't want that kind of power or that kind of publicity. Fast paced and futuristic, the bottom line remains a theme to which we long to relate: a father who loves his daughter and wants her to live the life of freedom to which she was born.
Brouwer's imaginative pen gives flight to many unasked questions. What if America was transformed into a city-state society like that of the ancient Greeks? What if religious extremists took over American politics? What if scientists could manipulate DNA to such extremes? Flight of Shadows is a thriller not for the faint of heart.
Disclaimer: WaterBrook Multnomah provided me with a free review copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.