CSFF Blog Tour – Broken Angel, Day 1

Broken Angel coverFor August, the CSFF Blog Tour is featuring Sigmund Brouwer‘s adult dystopian science fiction novel Broken Angel. I’ll confess up front that I expected this book to be other than what it is. For one thing, the category listing is “suspense.” With a title like Broken Angel, I assumed “supernatural suspense.” Another Frank Peretti knock off.

This story is not in a venue even close to supernatural suspense. Since I’ve mentioned more than once that supernatural suspense is not my genre of choice, you might guess that I was pleasantly surprised.

The Story. Broken Angel is set in a not-too-distant future, in America, or at least a nation within America. Because of how divisive religion became, a theocracy grew up within the borders, walled off from the rest of the country.

As the story opens, Caitlyn and her papa are on the run, making an effort, the reader soon learns, to return to the outside, primarily so that she won’t fall into the hands of the authorities. Something about her is amiss and soon the reader comes to understand, her life is at risk because whatever happened to form her is of great interest to those now hunting her.

Strengths. Brouwer’s writing is strong. This is a captivating story, one easy to become engrossed in. The world seems real, even plausible. The characters are engaging, with admirable qualities that had me rooting for them from the start. There are surprises along the way, but not ones that seem inconsistent or outlandish. The pace is fast but still allows the reader to get to know the characters.

Weakness. There is one element that seems somewhat predictable. For me it in no way spoiled the story. Mostly I wondered how it came about, not what it actually was. I also wondered what was to become of this element, and that was actually not clear. Is that a weakness? For some people it might be. Some like neat, complete resolutions. The end of this story was more like a beginning. Not that I thought there was any indication a sequel was on the horizon. I could be wrong about that, but rather, the end of Broken Angel felt like the reader was free to postulate what might happen next. Not a weakness, as I see it, but something a reader might like to know going in, so that his expectations stay in check.

Themes. Here’s where I really connected with this novel. I felt like there were bold statements about the world between the lines of a well-told story. Some of you may remember when I introduced Book Buzz Tag, I listed Broken Angel as a Must Read. I did so primarily because I think Christians should think about and discuss the issues this novel brings up. I plan to do that during the next couple days.

Recommendation. Must read for Christians. This is a story non-Christians could also enjoy, but I think someone who does not have faith in Christ might come to some erroneous conclusions about Christianity and the Church.

And now, others blogging about Broken Angel during our three-day tour:

Brandon Barr
Justin Boyer
Keanan Brand
Jackie Castle
Valerie Comer
Karri Compton
Courtney
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Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Janey DeMeo
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Mark Goodyear
Andrea Graham
Katie Hart
Timothy Hicks
Christopher Hopper
Joleen Howell
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Magma
Margaret
Shannon McNear
Melissa Meeks
Nissa
John W. Otte
Steve Rice
Ashley Rutherford
Hanna Sandvig
Chawna Schroeder
Mirtika or Mir’s Here
Sean Slagle
James Somers
Donna Swanson
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Laura Williams
Timothy Wise

Bold font indicates links omitted from the original list;
“√” indicates at least one post available.

2 Comments

  1. That bit at the end, when you said, “This is a story non-Christians could also enjoy, but I think someone who does not have faith in Christ might come to some erroneous conclusions about Christianity and the Church”–that crossed my mind. In fact, I meant to blog about it on Tuesday or Wednesday (still might, in fact).

    Truth / fact may be clear, but one’s interpretation of the facts may be skewed. Doesn’t mean the truth shouldn’t be told or confronted. Sticky subject.

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  2. Keanan, thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

    I think I may need to elaborate on that point. I love this topic and am hoping more people write about it.

    Becky

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