Set in the future only several generations from our own, Flight of the Shadows describes an America that has been reshaped into a new society with four distinct classes of people. Walled cities are made up of the Influentials, a class with all of the wealth and power which is served by the Industrials: herded out at the end of a work day to return to dismal shanty-towns- their faces tattooed for easy identification. The illegals live like wild animals, sneaking around and taking what they can – and then there are the invisibles. People fitting in nowhere, hiding from whatever and whomever.
Caitlyn, the main character, is hiding with good reason. A product of genetic experimentation, she escaped from Appalachia- a Christian dystopia where some of the inhabitants manage to get out in a kind of Underground Railroad. A psychotic bounty hunter is on her trail, as is the government of America who wants the secret hidden in her D.N.A.
Caitlyn meets up with Razor, someone with secrets of his own. Never quite sure if she can trust him, the two are caught up in trying to elude those who are tracking her as she slowly discovers just who she really is and why others want her. She has to make a choice… One that will affect her, those she loves and even the future of human destiny.
When I first started reading Flight of Shadows, I didn’t realize it was a sequel to a book called Broken Angel, but that didn’t spoil the story as it stands well on its own. I think what I found the most fascinating was the author’s vision of America’s future touched by darker tinges of science, oppression, government control and the future results of modern day problems like illegal immigrants. This is not a pretty story. There is violence and adult themes. It drew me in though and had a lot of thought provoking themes woven throughout about science and culture. This book is published by a Christian publishing house, and though there was a few bits of Christianity sprinkled throughout mainly in dialogue between characters, it didn’t strike me as an overtly Christian book. It doesn’t shy away from topics and situations that are just plain brutal and/or disturbing. I don’t recommend you leave it laying around for the kids, but if you like science fiction and want a provocative read, you might want to check it out yourself!
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.