Friday, February 4, 2011

Flight of Shadows by Sigmund Brouwer

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

I would not consider this novel children’s literature. I would recommend it for a mature high school age student though. Since my oldest is only 11, I haven’t taken the opportunity to review much literature above his level, so I thought I would give this book a try as several friends have recommended this author.

In this fast-paced futuristic novel Sigmund Brouwer gives us a glimpse of a society left to its extremes. Moral questions abound as we learn of Caitlyn, a young woman whose DNA was manipulated and she is now being pursued by government and scientists alike for the unique qualities her genetic code possesses. As she unravels the secrets of her past she must decide who she can and cannot trust and she must choose between freedom and sacrifice.

Positives: I enjoyed the character development in this novel. I felt like I knew the main characters very well and yet was always a little surprised by some aspects. The storyline was very intriguing and captivated my imagination and attention. This book was like a puzzle – piece by piece it came together.

Negatives: I think it would have been beneficial for me to have read the prequel Broken Angel to understand a few parts of the story better.

Talking Points: While there are many topics to address from this novel, I will only take the time to write about one of them today. As I said earlier, this is not children’s literature. The issues to be discussed from this book are difficult topics and parents should be sure their child is mature enough to handle these issues. That being said, our young adults should be equipped to find biblical answers to the moral dilemmas they will face. The issue of the sanctity of human life is addressed. This includes things such as abortion, murder, stem cell research, genetic engineering and invitro fertilization (to name a few).  I would use Genesis 1-3 and Psalm 139 in these discussions. For excellent online resources check HERE, HERE and HERE

Age Level: 16 and up

I received a copy of this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing group for this review.

2 comments:

  1. Monique,

    My oldest is a freshman in high school, and I'm looking for books for him to read this summer that will be ones that will challenge his thinking, while keeping his interest.This may be just the kind of thing I was looking for. I'm going to check it out!

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