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The key to survival rests in the hands of Shade's Children. Gripping science fiction adventure from the author of Sabriel and Mister Monday. In a futuristic urban wasteland, evil Overlords have decreed that no child shall live a day past his fourteenth birthday. On that Sad Birthday, the child is the object of an obscene harvest resulting in the construction of a machinelike creature whose sole purpose is to kill. The mysterious Shade -- once a man, but now more like the machines he fights -- recruits the few children fortunate enough to escape. With luck, cunning, and skill, four of Shade's children come closer than any to discovering the source of the Overlords' power -- and the key to their downfall. But the closer the children get, the more ruthless Shade seems to become
Imagine a superior Enid Blyton writing scifi! Imagine a world populated by children under 14yrs with no adults and a 'terminator' style landscape of battles between cyborgs ruled over by a handful of ultimately evil and cruel 'overlords'. Imagine you are one of those children incarcerated in a Dorm, knowing your brain will be stripped and encased in one of those cyborgs as soon as you reach 14 ('sad' brithday). Garth Nix does this brilliantly and spins a stylishly neat yarn with a beginning, middle and end. He captures the world of teenagers and their emotions in detail and the heroes of the story behave with credible bravery. Even the human trapped in machine Shade is ultimately triumphant - this book is littered with endearing characters and the baddies are satisfyingly evil and easy to hate with no worrying grey areas!
Can you tell I'm a Garth Nix FAN?
Shades of brilliance, 24 Jul 2006
Reviewer: Phoebe Caulfield "Caught in the Rye" (Leeds, UK) - See all my reviews
An excellent addition to the Garth Nix library. Shade's Children is dark and sinister, and the harsh and inhumane treatment of the children is shocking. But the relationships between the main child protagonists are touching and show there is hope for humanity.
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I'll get it read quickly, as I think there are a lot of people who would like to join a ring for this!
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Many of the main themes are touched upon by Nix. Love, hate, humanity, good, evil and the fine line between the two and genocide. All in one highly readable book.
Yes, the last part was a bit rushed and the last pages weren't necessary, but all in all, a darn good book. I have Mr Monday to read soon and look forward to it.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
After a fairly good book and some nice characterisation, Nix disappoints with a very unsatisfying finish. It reeks of a poorly executed deus ex machina. Definitely not one of her better works. Still, I'll be looking forward to her other works, particularly the Old Kingdom books.
PMing toyjoy for address.
Oops, apologise for the delay everyone. I had only started on this book, it's rather interesting about one of the character Gold Eyes and the myterious Shade. But what I'm rather curious is, which year are they in? Perhaps I had missed it, or the year will turn up at some part. Hopefully I'm able to finished it soon too and pass it on. I'm rather slow lately with other books or even lacking of time to read it and had to squeeze any juice out of myself.
We will always remember Ella and Drum, the interesting couple who never had professed their feelings but they are able to be together in their afterlife. Look forward more of nix's work.
PMing to deense for her contact.
After multiple tries to reach deense but it was futile. Had Pm to the next reader- malagan. Will send it to her once I have her adddress.
malagan wished to skipped, PMing the next member.