Shade's Children by Garth NixShade's Children by Garth Nix

Shade's Children

byGarth Nix

Paperback | May 15, 2012

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From renowned fantasy author of the Old Kingdom series, Garth Nix, comes a dystopian fantasy perfect for fans of Hunger Games and Divergent.

Imagine a world where your fourteenth birthday is your last and where even your protector may not be trusted….

In a futuristic urban wasteland, evil Overlords have decreed that no human shall live a day past their fourteenth birthday. On that Sad Birthday, the children of the Dorms are taken to the Meat Factory, where they will be made into creatures whose sole purpose is to kill.

The mysterious Shade—once a man, but now more like the machines he fights—recruits the few teenagers who escape into a secret resistance force. 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 they get, the more ruthless Shade seems to become.

Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia. A full-time writer since 2001, he has worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Garth's books include the award-winning fantasy novelsSabriel,Lirael, andAb...
Title:Shade's ChildrenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:May 15, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062075985

ISBN - 13:9780062075987


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read... I read this as a younger kid and loved it. I decided to reread this in my adult life and really enjoyed it. Worth the read for sure.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A darker, but pretty good read I bought this book a while ago and really enjoyed it. The style is descriptive and may be too detailed for some (this may translate to borring) especially at some of the parts such as when the character plan and discuss their feeling sort of stuff. However I thought it was a good read, it was interesting and the characters had distinct personalities from one another. I liked the author's style of writing and the story was pretty good if not a little dark. I would say this is one of the better young adult science fiction books that currently exists today.  
Date published: 2014-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This book has remained one of my all-time favourites since I first read it back in elementary school. While I'm not a fan of the Seventh Tower series, I found the characters of Shade's Children to be thoroughly enthralling, moving and memorable. The hardship and heartache the children face is palpable from page to page. Once you read this book, you just cannot put it down. I would recommend this book to all those 12+, with some mature themes in mind. Don't miss it!
Date published: 2008-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! I read this book quite a while ago but it still sticks out in my memory and has led me to read all of Garth Nix's books! He is such a good author!
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst book I have ever read. Somewhere, beyond his grave, Frank Herbert is crying. This was the absolute worst science-fiction book I have read in my entire life. In fact, this is one of the worst books I have ever read. Each character was poorly developed and uninspired. The plot was predictable and boring. I can't think of anything that was done well in this book. Garth Nix should NOT be writing science-fiction. I am 14 years old and I would not recommend this book to readers of any age
Date published: 2006-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent absolutely best book i've ever read, garth nix is a writing genious omg best book.
Date published: 2005-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I do not re-read books, but I have read this book over three times now, that is just how good it was.
Date published: 2005-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT book! Read it Shade's children is awesome! I've never actually read Science Fiction before so i wasn't really sure if i would like the book. I only read it because Garth NIx is a great writer and I had read almost all of his other books (Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen, Ragwitch) But this book definitely didn't disappoint me! Garth Nix again makes another world that holds stories just as good! Shade's Children isn't a good book, its a GREAt book! I recommend it to all readers!
Date published: 2004-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an excellent book! This book was recommended by my friend Becky, and after reading it, I feel the need to let others know the literary calibre of this book. It is a refreshing and captivating page- turner, following an epic and amazing journey.
Date published: 2003-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME BOOK!!! This book was SOOOOO amazing!!! The ending was so sad though :(
Date published: 2002-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST This is a great book! Fantisy and Futre in one. I would of course recomend this book to anyone 12 and above!
Date published: 2001-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST This book, was amazing, It dealt with a lot of feelings, how they didnt even know how to describe, I didnt know anything like that could be so real. I felt like I was there. The characters were all talented, the ending surprised me a lot. So did the romance. But this book was one of the best I've read.
Date published: 2001-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent ! I am 13, and I loved the book Shade's Children. It was full of adventure and danger, and was sort of like science fiction without being over the top. I have read quite a few books by Garth Nix, and this was the best. I definitley reccomend Shade's Children to ages 13 - 15.
Date published: 2001-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW !!!!!!!! What a great book ! Shades Children was fantastic. I am 13 and I absoluetely loved it. This book is full of adventure and excitement, and I cried at the unexpected ending. I would definitley recommend this to boys and girls ages 13-16.
Date published: 2000-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is definitely the best book i have ever read. I reccommend it to anyone!
Date published: 2000-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! This book is one of the best books I've ever read! After reading Shade's Children, I decided to read another book by the same author, Sabriel. Sabriel was just as compelling as S.C. I think we've got a talented author on our hands! :)
Date published: 2000-04-23

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