Friday, 13 June 2008

Futuristic Read

Finished June 12
Broken Angel by Sigmund Brouwer
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 themselves as she has a deformity on her back and arms that her father Jordan is keeping a secret. Things have now come to the point where the authorities are aware of Caitlin and are hunting her and her father as they try to escape.
This is a world of technology, medical manipulation and authoritarian control. It raises a lot of questions and would be a good book club choice, possibly even for teens.

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