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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (Oct. 15 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670011789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670011780
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.5 x 21.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #774,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, The Shapechanger's Wife, was selected by  Locus as the best first fantasy novel of 1995. She has won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her life.

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Format: Hardcover
This is a science fiction fantasy for teenagers, but I really enjoyed it myself as an adult. It's a fascinating world and the characters are interesting. I'm looking very forward to a sequel.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Fantasy with an Asian setting Nov. 8 2009
By HHK - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
OK- I love Sharon Shinn. All of her book are automatic pre-orders. Gateway is one of her YA Fantasy novels. Since her other YA Fantasy Summers at Castle Auburn is one of my all time favorites, I was eager to read this book.

Our heroine is Asian and her adventure takes place in a parallel Universe with Ancient Chinese overtone. As usual a gentle romance accompanies the fantasy adventure.

Although the premise and setting are great, somehow the execution was dull. The usual depth and richness of a Shinn novel was missing. The adventure was flimsy. The romance felt forced. My feelings towards the heroine were lukewarm.
I am sorry to give this book just 3 stars.

If you want to get a sample of Ms. Shinn at her best- try out her anthology of novellas that was just released :Quatrain

If you want a better written YA Historical Fantasy with an Asian heroine in an Ancient Chinese setting try out Cindy Pon's Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Life on Jai Jan. 3 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I don't usually read alot of SF/fantasy, but I thought this was a fun, interesting YA novel. It definately makes me want to check out more by this author and explore this genre further. It wasn't long, under 300 pgs, and I think it would be enjoyable and appropriate for any age. It's something that I would like to share with my daughter. I enjoyed it for many reasons: Daiyu's adventure in the other iteration is both like and unlike Earth in many intersting ways. It leads you to ask yourself questions about the world we live in. Just how different is Jai from Earth, anyway? The explanations of the ins and outs of travel between iterations are simple and not bogged down with alot of nonsence facts. The descriptions of Jai were fun; I liked the world it created in my head. I really enjoyed the author's writing style. I give it four stars because it was an enjoyable read that was light but also thought provoking. I skipped the fifth star because the story didn't always move along quickly, and it took awhile for me to feel connected to the main character, Daiyu. A solid four stars, I'm glad I found this one.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Review from The Neverending Shelf Oct. 29 2009
By Kate B. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
There were so many features in this book for me to love: the cover, world travel, setting, etc. Yet, for some reason, most of this novel just fell flat. While Shinn's premise was really interesting and creative, the pacing of the novel was just not fast enough for me. I kept waiting for something exciting to occur which would fully grab my interest, but it never happened. In addition, the novel was pretty straight forward. I had hoped that there would be some great twist, but sadly, that did not happen.

Despite a few flaws, I really enjoyed this novel. The characters were unique, and I love the idea of world travel. I am not sure if this novel will have a sequel, but I really hope it does. There are many questions that went unanswered and with an open ending, I would really like to learn more.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyed it immensely March 29 2011
By Jean - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
After reading some reviews that were lukewarm on this book of Ms. Shinn's, I was a little hesitant to purchase it on the Kindle, but since it's seldom that I dislike a book by Sharon Shinn, I decided to go ahead and order it on my Kindle, throwing caution to the winds.

First, let me mention that, due to earlier reviews, I was expecting an excessive amount of formatting problems/"typos" due to the conversion to Kindle format, but frankly they were far fewer than I had been led to expect, and most were easily-decipherable mash-ups of words, and not frequent enough to be much noticeable to me. Your mileage may vary, as it were.

As for the book itself, maybe it was because my expectations were lowered, but frankly, I don't think so. Being a St. Louis native, all of the descriptions of St. Louis settings/events just charmed and delighted me, and I instantly warmed to the main character and her family, a knack of imparting an instant connection that Shinn often has with her character depictions. The young man who was the romantic interest was also instantaneously likable and trustworthy, while Shinn conveyed the heroine's sense of distrust in other characters and her confusion and conflicting feelings regarding the charming villain with her usual deftness. The story was straightforward, yet still filled with the wonderful character-driven complexities and nuances of Shinn's best works. It was such a satisfying read that I was disappointed when it ended and would love to see a sequel.
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Review of Gateway Oct. 27 2010
By Lydia - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you haven't read Sharon Shinn's YA works, I recommend them. What I love most about Shinn is her books, while sometimes involving romance, never center around that romance. There's no predictable endings and the characters always face complex issues. While Gateway isn't as good as The Safe-Keeper's Secret was, it still has plenty of strength on its own.

Daiyu is the adoptive daughter of a couple who was unable to have a child of their own. Adopted from China and brought over to the States when she was a baby, she knows very little of China and has never been to visit it. Now a teenager, she is a hard worker and looking to go to college soon - that is, until she stumbles across a "gateway" to another reality, a reality in which China discovered the United States.

St. Louis is renamed, the landmarks we all know are gone, and the largest minority are Caucasians. But evil still exists - and it's against that evil that Daiyu has to figure out where she stands and what decisions she needs to make regarding her future.

This was a very easy book to read, the story flowed well and Sharon Shinn's development was great, as always. It seemed a little stilted in parts, however, almost like she was writing for an audience younger than the subject matter would normally speak to - but overall I had a blast with Gateway and will be recommending it.