flight for freedom

Ashley Taylor

4.5 Stars

February 23, 2011

Because of her DNA, Caitlyn has a bounty hunter nipping at her heels and the government not far behind him. With a life-changing choice to make -- and without a soul to trust -- Caitlyn is forced to depend on Razor, a skilled illusionist, for protection.

In his latest thriller Flight of Shadows, Sigmund Brouwer draws the reader into a hauntingly possible near-future of deteriorated freedoms, political instability, and a strong class system. Together, these things drive the desperation behind Caitlyn’s struggle to keep hold of her freedom.

The short snippets of dialog -- often laced with a dry wittiness -- enhance the urgency of the story, allowing it to proceed without impediment. Each chapter, dedicated to following a particular character, is an exhibition of Brouwer’s masterful use of plot complications to leave the reader on the edge of their seat. The cleverly-written epilogue dropped just enough morsels to have me pining for the next installment.

I thoroughly enjoyed my foray into Caitlyn’s world. Before reading the 305 pages, I knew neither that this volume is cataloged as “Young Adult,” nor that it has a prequel (Broken Angel, WaterBrook Press, May 2009). Regardless, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys science fiction. It stands alone and doesn’t feel “young adult” since the subject matter (genetic science, immigration, etc.) is a bit more mature than one would expect from that genre. And don’t worry, ladies -- Brouwer sprinkled in a bit of romance to send our hearts fluttering!

To download an excerpt from Flight of Shadows, click here.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.