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...moreSo 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 Jordan and his daughter Caitlyn… originally from the “Outside” Jordan is hiding many secrets, even from his daughter whom he adores above all else. Caitlyn meanwhile suffers from a disfigurement of the body that no medicine can cure… and something about it has grabbed the attention of both the governments of the Outside and of Appalachia, and now they have sent a merciless group of bounty hunters after her. In a world where everyone is tracked, video cameras are on ever corner and even the horses are GPS monitored… where can she run, and why is it that they all seem to want her so badly?
Though “Broken Angel” takes place in a dystopian future, the focus is not really on that world so much as the relationship between Jordan and Caitlyn, and everyone else’s reactions to them. I would have liked to have seen a broader picture of the world that Brouwer created, or more depth and info. Instead what we really have is an extended chase scene from beginning to end with some nice scenery and some interesting concepts that go whizzing by as we continue the chase. The themes and concepts of the book are very simple to pick out – the degeneration of the Church into a corrupt governing body, the thought that a true relationship with God requires no church, the effect of greed and power, the effect of mindless following of faith, Government fear tactics, the government limiting education to increase control… there are plenty more and they are all right out there in the open.
This book is a very simple and fast read… there are a few points of violence that may make some cringe, but as I’m a hardened horror fan they didn’t faze me. I wanted to warn you of that since many are touting this as a Christian Adventure novel… which I can sort of see, but DO expect deaths, threats of torture, violence etc. I don’t recall any profanity, and the concept of sex is only implied through conversations and looks. On the whole this is a fairly good book and I wouldn’t mind reading more from the author. (less)
What a fantastic book! I really don't like scifi for the most part, now sure I loved Ender's Game and 1984 (who didn't) but for the most part - techno...moreWhat a fantastic book! I really don't like scifi for the most part, now sure I loved Ender's Game and 1984 (who didn't) but for the most part - technology bores me... so I avoid scifi books like the plague. Why I ended up reading this one I'll never know, but I am so glad I did.
Published in 1951 (that's the version I read - it's OLD) there are some forward looking assumptions that are rather creepy when you think of when it was published. We follow a survivor and the people he encounters after something strange occured that blinded most of humanity. On top of that, these vicious little (well not that little) plants that we had been cultivating for their oil are quite happliy munching on all of the blind folks that are now wandering around. Then there's the plague.
That's quite a lot to deal with especially when you throw in the sighted survivors have all gone a wee bit crazy in their attempts to survive and rebuild civilization. Probably one of the oldest survival horror books that I have read (it's clear that many zombie novels written later took a few ideas from this) I absolutley loved this book.
2012 here we come baby! Bring on the Triffids.(less)
Lady Killer is less then 150 pages long, making it a very quick read. I highly advise reading the back cover prior to reading the story because the ba...moreLady Killer is less then 150 pages long, making it a very quick read. I highly advise reading the back cover prior to reading the story because the back cover actually contains information that is not contained in the story. I read the story and then the back cover and felt “OH, I get it!” at that point. It is hinted there that the book is actually an intro into a much larger series about a war between Liberty Island and the other surviving countries.
Liberty Island is populated by strange individuals who seems to lack some (but not all) morals and severely lack verbal skills – they sway in and out of dialect after dialect, often going for a while speaking like normal middle class Americans, then suddenly speaking as if they were from Hispanic or Asian ghettos… occasionally some Cajun sneaks in there as well. All of this is written phonetically so for readers who can’t stand that kind of thing – you have been warned.
The book is actually a single scene – the attempted assassination of Lee Kitchimoto, and follows several characters in the day or two before the attempt. Very little is clear for a while – like why does Lee hide “The Plans” while he is in his own country, who exactly does Martinez work for since Lee claims there was a peace treaty, what exactly is the worldly setup here? How did Katerina Santiago go from a skuzzy filthy assassin to a high class Geisha? Where in the heck does Jean fit into the picture and what on earth is going on at that hospital? And the last one I’ll ask here – why do the Liberty Island people seem to have powers but no one else does?
The basics of the plot are: Lee is coming back to the island, everyone is excited and preparing for his arrival, a bad guy gets there first and tries to kill him. Apart from the phonetic dialog this is a very well written book and with it being such a quick read (I finished it in under an hour) it is a great time waster. Depending on the follow up novels this MAY be a must read – since this book reads only as an introduction to the characters, I would not bother with it if there is no follow-up going more into the world, the split and the war. (less)