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Broken Angel (Caitlyn Brown #1)

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  453 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
Her birth was shrouded in mystery and tragedy.
Her destiny is beyond comprehension.
Her pursuers long to see her broken.
She fights to soar.

In the rough, shadowy hills of Appalachia, a nation carved from the United States following years of government infighting, Caitlyn and her companions are the prey in a terrifying hunt. They must outwit the relentless bounty hunters, skir
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 20th 2008 by WaterBrook Press (first published 2008)
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Jan 04, 2009 Colleen rated it liked it
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Jan 01, 2009 Michelle rated it liked it
This book was an unexpected pleasure. I had never read anything by this author before and had no idea what to expect. Honestly, if I had known before hand, I probably wouldn't have chosen to read it. It begins as the story of a man and his daughter on the run from bounty hunters in an obviously futuristic society where religious fundamentalists have successfully seceded from the rest of the county in the Appalachian mountains. As the story unfolds, it becomes obvious that this is the central ...more
Tamora Pierce
Aug 20, 2009 Tamora Pierce rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf, adult
This is a near-future sf novel about an America sharply divided between Outside, where liberal humanists use technology (but supposedly have destroyed the results of genetic engineering), and Appalachia, fenced in by the rigid Christianist sect ruled by Bar Elohim and his High Elders. All of Appalachia's people carry (and are tracked by something rather like an iPhone, on which they receive the diktats of Bar Elohim, orders and laws, alerts for fugitives (like those who teach people how to ...more
Amanda G. Stevens
Christian dystopia is hard to come by, and BROKEN ANGEL has to be the most intriguing storyworld I've discovered in this genre so far. A portion of the United States has seceded to form Appalachia, an autonomous nation that has banned reading and books, especially the Bible, but in which a church of legalistic extremism serves as the primary government. This government regulates every conversation and every destination (in fact, civilians ride GPS-tagged horses; no cars allowed). Infractions ...more
Jan 06, 2009 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, sci-fi
So the world has split between the religious fanatics and the non-religious science driven atheists. Separated by a large electrified wall and an even larger moral gap… there is no crossing between Appalachia and “the Outside.” Those who live within the confines of the walls are told terrible tales about what goes on “Outside” and anyone who attempts to get there must pass through the land of “The Clan” a group who lives on the border and ascribes to neither side.

But within Appalachia resides Jo
Oct 20, 2016 Child960801 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels
This is a pretty short book, very edge of your seat. I stayed up too late finishing it. What really struck me about this book was how Christian it was. And that then seemed strange to me, because it's not super Christian and that usually doesn't bug me or come overtly to my attention. After thinking about it for a while, this is what I came up with: This book presents a United States at some point in the future where all a chunk of the country has separated out into a 'Christian' empire, which ...more
Nov 16, 2016 Marsha rated it it was ok
In all fairness, I usually avoid books like this and took a friends recommendation without checking out much about the book. I did read it although skipping over the more violent parts. It is a post apocalyptic tale complete with a sadist, gene manipulation and a long chase. The characters are not sufficiently developed to really make me care much. Although I knew it wasn't for me from the start, I did hang with it as the story was compelling.
Nov 21, 2011 Vivian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine a world in the not too distant future, with a truly dystopian big-brother-is-watching type of society. Add in a caste-like system in the new city-states in the United States, and a government sponsored, human genetic manipulation program. Now imagine that there is a sovereign theocratic "country" bordered by these city-states and you get just a hint of the setting for Broken Angel by Sigmund Brouwer.

Broken Angel is the first in Caitlyn Brown series and focuses on the life of a young girl
Nikole Hahn
Sep 21, 2010 Nikole Hahn rated it it was ok
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Kendell Watts
Dec 27, 2010 Kendell Watts rated it really liked it
In Broken Angel, Sigmund Brouwer has crossed the genres from Sci-Fi to Religious fiction to Thriller and back again. What makes this novel special is that he does it so flawlessly. The story is set somewhere in a non-descript future, in a new world. A world divided between over the top, extreme, religious zealots and the outsiders they try to keep out of their new country known as Appalachia. Not only do they try to keep the outsiders out, but they also want to keep the citizens of Appalachia ...more
Clockstein Lockstein
Apr 08, 2011 Clockstein Lockstein rated it it was amazing
Broken Angel by Sigmund Brouwer is the first of two books featuring Caitlyn Brown in a dystopian world where she has something that many people are willing to kill her for. Caitlyn was raised in the religious community of Appalachia by her father Jordan. The community is run by Bar Elohim and kept under tight control, where everyone's actions and constantly recorded on vidphone and no one is allowed to read, especially the Bible. She is long used to uncomfortable stares and being called a freak ...more
D.M. Dutcher
Aug 28, 2013 D.M. Dutcher rated it really liked it
Interesting role-reversal in a Christian science fiction book.

A girl named Caitlyn is on the run. She is trapped in a future, theocratic form of Appalachia that is a mix of high-tech video recording and low-tech Old Testament law. In her body is a secret that the Bar Elohim would easily kill to obtain. Unfortunately the theocracy has some surprisingly skilled and vicious bounty hunters, and it's not a given that she can reach Outside, or find out why everyone seems to want her so badly.

It invert
Nov 30, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Broken Angel and its sequel Flight of Shadows: A Novel take place in an alternative future...or maybe not-so-alternative. It's obvious that the author wrote this story as a cautionary tale, a warning of the possiblities awaiting our country if we don't change our path. The story is great and stands on its own, though.

Caitlyn and her father, Jordan, have been living in Appalachia, which is now an oppressive country bordered by fences and thrown back into the dark ages by a dictator who refuses hi
Apr 09, 2010 Delia rated it it was amazing
Broken Angel paints a frighteningly real picture of a fictional but all-too-possible future. An oppressive and dictatorial nation called Appalachia, formed from a broken United States, is a world where the government tolerates no secrets and affords little privacy to have them.

In this tyrannical society, Caitlyn is more special than even she knows, and her uniqueness creates grave dangers for the innocent young woman; Jordan is her adoring father who, despite his secret and shameful past, is now
May 30, 2010 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I have always enjoyed a good against evil escape story. Caitlyn was raised on the fringes of the hills of Appalachia which has been separated from the rest of the US as a nation of its own. The nation is dotted with closed off and controlled communities. Rules and horror stories keep people in line and a combination of technology and simplistic life style keep the people tightly controlled. Because Caitlyn is different, she has been protected by her father and kept at a safe distance from the co
April Erwin
Nov 07, 2012 April Erwin rated it liked it
Very original, extremely intriguing, and thoughroly thought provoking. I enjoyed this book tremendously, as much for the intrigue and characters, as the political controversy. It's a great read.

I hate giving away surprises, so I'm going to avoid mentioning the very big surprise ending. However, the rest of the story is just full of what if's and near future maybe's, so there's plenty to discuss.

Sigmund's story is set in the near future. An America divided by religion. The Outsiders governed much
Feb 22, 2010 Daenel rated it really liked it
Broken Angel is set in the future where the United States has been divided in 2: the United States, a secular nation, and Appalachia, a land run by religious fundamentalists. In Appalachia, reading is a crime, citizens are drugged and those who break the laws are sent to slave labor camps.

At the center of the novel is Caitlyn, a deformed young woman, who is being pursued by bounty hunters, who want her dead or alive. The reason for the pursuit is left unknown to both Caitlyn and the reader until
Tracy Krauss
Oct 27, 2010 Tracy Krauss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review of Broken Angel by Sigmund Brouwer

“We had agreed – the woman I loved and I – that as soon as you were born we would perform an act of mercy and decency and wrap you in a towel to drown you in a nearby sink of water.” Wow. Talk about impact. Thus Broken Angel by Sigmund Brouwer begins.
This post apocalyptic novel immediately draws the reader in and never lets up. In a future reminiscent of John Wyndham’s The Chrysalids, the government of ‘Appalachia’ has taken its responsibilities very ser
May 23, 2012 Tony rated it really liked it
Sigmund Brouwer- Broken Angel (2008) 4.25 Stars

Appalachia is a part of the broken United States and during this post-apocalyptic period Appalachia is being controlled by a cult-like group. Laws are strict and based on Old Testament law. Caitlyn’s father is trying to get her out. The only way to do this is through deception. As she leaves her father’s side she is forced to befriend Theo and stretch her strength beyond what she could have ever imagined. It is a tough journey, but it is the only wa
Feb 01, 2009 Audra rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those that enjoyed Orwell's "1984" or Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale"
Recommended to Audra by: Goodreads Giveaway
Shelves: dystopia, first-reads
This is the first book I have won through the Goodreads Giveaway Program. I am so glad that I won it, because it is not the type of novel I would have ordinarily chosen on my own. I was concerned that this would be both too Sci-Fi and too Christian for my taste. However, it surprisingly held my interest!
Although the plot was dark and depressing, I feel that it painted a good picture of a dystopian society. Some of the fictional events might seem extreme for the present day, but not out of the
May 25, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it
Broken Angel was... interesting. The author is... imaginative. Okay, it was a strange book. Really strange. But it had a good message despite the weirdness and occasionally sick-o scenes. What I gleaned from Broken Angel is that if you take your eyes off Christ and get so wrapped up in the culture that you forget grace, then you can be led away to the point where you've forgotten what it really means to be a Christian. Oh, and when legalism abounds we are not far from the Nazis and the control ...more
May 26, 2010 Jess rated it it was ok
This book was alright. It was a look into the future at what might happen with the advance of science and DNA sequencing. The world in this book is currently split between factions of people. There are the science touting atheists (who live in the "outside") and then there are the religious people who live in Appalachia.

Caitlyn is a girl who is from the "outside" but now lives in Appalachia. I liked where the book was going, it was interesting but I don't know.. something was just missing. Mayb
Carrie Mansfield
Mar 30, 2013 Carrie Mansfield rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopia
Everything in this book is shallow: the characterization, the world building, the plot. Anyone who is well-read, especially of fantasy should figure out within the first few pages what is going on with the protagonist. Since the big mystery that everyone is asking in this book is "what's so special about this girl" knowing this pretty much renders the entire rest of the book moot.

The book is an easy read, and it's enjoyable enough I guess, but ultimately I care nothing about these characters and
Danya Bakhbakhi

The events take place in the future, in a region called Appalachia which is in every possible way isolated from Outside. It's a century where science and technology are as developed as expected to be in science fiction stories but the uniqueness of this one is that all this progress wasn't regarded well inside Appalachia, actually even reading is forbidden there and everything is designed in order to suit the daily life of the illiterate and ignorant citizens. Religion used and abused to convinc
Shonna Froebel
Jun 08, 2015 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian, fantasy
This story takes place in the near future. Caitlin and her father live in Appalachia an area that is tightly controlled by Bar Elohim and that has a strong Christian community. Everyone carries a vidpod that records their conversations to a central data bank and tracks their movement through GPS. Communities are regulated to grow only to a certain size and cameras record movements in the towns.
Caitlin's father brought her here from Outside after she was born, and they keep pretty much to themsel
Jeff Carpenter
Aug 02, 2011 Jeff Carpenter rated it really liked it
This book is a good read. It hooks you right from the start and keeps you turning pages. I have read several of Brouwers books and he is one of my favorite authors. I always look forward to any new books of his that I can find.
This story takes place in a post apocalyptic future. The nation of Appalachia is carved from the continental U.S. due to political infighting between fundamentalist Christians and mainstream culture. The theocracy is not necessarily a good thing however. The leader of Appa
Jun 09, 2011 Cheryl rated it it was ok
Shelves: audios-read
E-library audiobook. Futuristic story about a 'big brother' society controlled by the evil Bar Elloheam. People are completely watched at all times with video cameras, implanted GPS micro chips and Vid pods. No one is allowed to read or own books. Bibles are strictly off-limits. And communion wafers are drugged.

City sizes are limited and people are only allowed to ride horseback (horses have GPS chips, too) and no one can own a car. And people who break the laws are sent to the factories as puni
Cathy Pierce
This would captivate some teens who like fantasy, dystopian fiction; especially those who like angel stories or the Maximum Ride series by James Paterson. A word of warning - it does contain graphic descriptions of torture in a few chapters. This does not distract from the story, it just is a little gruesome for the faint of heart. There is a sense of hope and forgiveness at the end. For teens who like titles in a series, there is a follow up to this.

I like Sigmund Brouwer as an author. He promo
Dec 30, 2008 Amy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: suspense fans
Recommended to Amy by: goodreads giveaway
Shelves: 2008-books
This could have been a better book. It was a good suspense/scifi story with the necessary ingredients of genetic manipulation, characters on the run, and a sadist bounty hunter. Unfortunately, I think the author could have developed all parts of the story a little better. The characters were bland, and even unlikable. There was very little descriptive text and only a few moments of thought-provoking dialogue. Set in a religious-right country within the US, Brouwer had the chance to take a ...more
Cathrine Bonham
Jul 30, 2014 Cathrine Bonham rated it it was amazing
This book is one of those books that paints a very terrifying and all too possible picture of a future America. In this world a theocracy has arisen in the area known as Appalachia.

A religious dictator rules the people with an iron fist. Reading is illegal, possessing a Bible even more so.

Caitlyn Brown is trying to get out. With only minimal directions and a psychotic bounty hunter on her trail Caitlyn will have to choose carefully who to trust.

This book is a fast paced adventure with great w
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Sigmund is married to songwriter recording artist Cindy Morgan. The couple and their two young daughters divide their time between Red Deer, Alberta and Nashville, Tennessee. He loves going to schools to get kids excited about reading, reaching roughly 80,000 students a year through his Rock&Roll Literacy Show.
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“Yet truth is a diamond; even mishandles, smeared with grease, or buried in mud, it cannot be marred and waits for one with a cloth to polish it clean.” 9 likes
“I hope it doesn't get worse. But even if it gets worse, I won't regret it. I would rather be dead than live in the factory anymore. Not much difference as they just want you to work to death anyway. And you can't even think there or talk. but I have to think. I have to talk. I have to talk about what I think.” 4 likes
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