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In the brutal world of Shade's Children, your 14th birthday is your last. Malevolent Overlords rule the earth, directing hideous, humanoid creatures to harvest the brains and muscles of teens for use in engineering foul beasts to fight senseless wars. Young Gold-Eye escapes this horrific fate, fleeing the dormitories before his Sad Birthday. He is rescued from certain doom by other refugees who live in an abandoned submarine and work for Shade, a strange, computer-generated adult. Shade provides food and shelter in exchange for information that the children gather on dangerous forays into Overlord territory. But what does Shade really want? He is a sworn enemy of the Overlords, but his use of the children to gain knowledge and power seems uncaring and ruthless. Finally, Gold-Eye and his new friends set out to destroy the Overlords--with or without the enigmatic, dangerous Shade. Garth Nix, author of Sabriel, blends suspense, action, and high emotion in this excellent, fast-moving science-fiction story. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Earth has been taken over by the terrible Overlords in this "amply imagined" science fiction/quest story, said PW. "The twists and turns of the action-filled plot are compelling." Ages 12-up. (Oct.) r
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Fantastic novel with a great premiss and great character development.Published 4 months ago by Blake Rados
It arrived quickly and was a great read, I've read it more than once since the initial read. Great condition. All around 5/5Published on Sept. 17 2013 by Vvv Ccc
The summary on the back of the book about sums up what it's about. But honestly, this book is skillfully written and made me cry alot at the end, Nix has done a WONDERFUL job on... Read morePublished on July 4 2004
I have to say that this is one of the best books that I have ever read. Honestly, I read this book once, about six or seven years ago and yet it has remained one of my favorites! Read morePublished on June 24 2004 by C. Lee
This book kept me positively glued until the very last page, at which time tears trickled down my face. Read morePublished on June 12 2004
This is the fourth Garth Nix's books i have read, and quite frankly i think it is the best. Only Garth Nix could write anything with this much thought and this many twists. Read morePublished on May 13 2004 by Kacie Cole
Overall this was a great book but it had a one major flaws. The ending happened suddenly, leaving many of my questions unanswered. Other than that it was a great book. Read morePublished on May 6 2004
I barely ever read anything but when I had to read this book for a school project, I couldn't put it down. Every time you think you will stop reading, you can't. Read morePublished on April 20 2004 by Amazon Customer