Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Broken Angel
Author: Sigmund Brouwer
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Release Date: May 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Mystery
Year/Setting: Future Appalachia
Overall Rating: A generous 3.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Extreme Violence at times
Sigmund's Website: www.sigmundbrouwer.com
In the futuristic hills of Appalachia, a new nation has been formed from the US following a long time of political infighting. Reading is prohibited and if anyone is discovered reading they are sent to factories where they are prisoners doing hard labor. Or, if they are lucky they are stoned to death. To those who govern, truth doesn't matter but confession does and is not always good for the soul as usual. Some people try to flee to the "Outside" but, if caught it is worst than death by stoning.
Caitlyn is a baby girl born of parents who live in Appalachia. The mother died in childbirth and the father had planned to do away with Caitlyn as she was born with an unacceptable growth on her back. Her father had it removed by a Doctor who was an Outsider but the doctor told them that it would grow back. She is now a young adult and is afraid that the Elders will come for her. Some want the disfigured girl dead and others see her as an advertisement for everything that is wrong because she is different. Caitlyn's father tells her to flee to the Outside, which she does with the help of two companions and an underground railroad and continues to avoid her captors but now is afraid that the Outside is no longer safe for her either.
This book is listed as Christian Suspense but frankly, it leaves me cold. I'm sure that there are readers who will like this but I'm sorry that I cannot recommend it to suspense readers. If you want futuristic, fine. Pick up Star Wars books that have good and evil. Not just evil.
Talk to you soon,
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