Sunday, February 20, 2011

Flight of Shadows Review

Flight of Shadows: A Novel (A Caitlyn Brown Novel, #2)Flight of Shadows: A Novel by Sigmund Brouwer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From Goodreads: Her genetic secret could change humanity forever.

Her DNA grants her the ultimate power.
But all she wants is to disappear.

Looming buildings rise into the sky of a near-future America, shadowing the desperate poverty of the soovie parks, death doctors, and fear bombs. In this world of walled cities, where status matters most, Caitlyn Brown is desperate to remain invisible, wrongly believing what she needs to hide is the deformity on her back. The powerful want her for so much more.

She’s forced to take flight again, relying on the help of Razor, a street-smart illusionist she can’t trust. Her only hope is to reach friends already tracked by government.

With a twisted bounty hunter in full pursuit, she and Razor begin to learn the unthinkable about her past and the unique gifts of her DNA. It leads Caitlyn to a choice between the two men who love her, and whether to keep her freedom or sacrifice herself to change human destiny.

In this lightning-fast chase through an all-too-plausible future, best-selling author Sigmund Brouwer is at his best. Flight of Shadows is a terrifying ride into the heart of compelling moral questions about science and society.

My Take: Who can pass up a good dystopia? The story moves fast and the reader might find herself with a slight case of whiplash, although not in a bad way. This the second book in the series however, it is not necessary to read the first book in order to follow this one.

As the story progressed, clues were dropped and both the reader and the characters pieced together the truth and solution. Character development is solid. Storyline is fast paced but relatively easy to follow. Plot is scary as crud. This one rises above the usual Science Fiction and provides a new take on the future. Content is a little on the edgy side, although not inappropriate for an older teenager. I would suggest the reader preview the book before handing it off to your 15 year old teenager, unlike me. Fortunately, I feel confident in her moral and ethical development. I don't want my younger kids to read it just yet.

*This book was provided to me by Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.

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