Sigmund Brouwer has made a career out of getting young people to read, and also to convince children that they, too, can write a good story. He has written everything from children’s books filled with life lessons to teen series novels to western and mystery stories. He’s written historical stories with sword fights and series mysteries featuring amateur detective Nick Barrett.
In Broken Angel Brouwer mixes all his genre talents and presents a historical novel that’s set in the future. It is the story of the battle between technology and religion—religion gone bad. Caitlyn is pushed away from her father who must send her out in order to save her as well as protect the work of the Clan who help people escape the oppression of the secessionist country of
Caitlyn’s father, Jordan, allows himself to be caught, and expects to die, to give her opportunity to escape with the help of his friends in the Clan. The story develops showing the use of limited and regulated technology through which
Broken Angel reads swiftly and well. The suspense and mystery mixed with a sci-fi/western twist makes for an interesting touch. Brouwer has some difficulty hiding Caitlyn’s “secret” which he fully reveals in the end. But even with the broadcasting of the secret (telling without really telling) the reader still wants to read how the secret is played out for Caitlyn and for those around her. For added effect Brouwer joins forces with his singer/songwriter wife Cindy Morgan in “Beautiful Bird” to tell the final bit of Caitlyn’s story.