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Shade's Children Mass Market Paperback – Sep 2 2003

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (Sept. 2 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064471969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064471961
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.2 x 16.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 139 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #598,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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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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What would happen if we never lived past our fourteenth birthday? What would happen if, instead, our bodies were harvested to make other beings whose only purpose is to kill and destroy? This is exactly what happens in Nix's "Shade's Children," an incredible novel that is part Matrix, part post Apocalypse; this is one hell of a read.

In a futuristic time, Earth has been taken over by evil Overlords bent on massacring the remaining human race. No child shall live past its fourteenth birthday. On that Sad Birthday, the child is taken to the "Meat Factory" to be dismantled and harvested. The harvests result in the creation and construction of machine like beings whose only purpose is to kill.

The only hope for the rest of the human race is Shade and his legion of children. His children have been saved from the Overlords and given refuge on his large submarine that rests at the edge of the fallen cities. Only, Shade is not a man. He is not a computer either. More, he is a mixture of both. After the Change, the horrible time when the Overlords came and took over Earth, Shade found himself changed into something that was more than a man, more than a machine.

Others were changed too. Each child that was alive during the Change developed a Change Talent. Among them are Ella, Drum, Gold-Eye and Ninde. Ella is able to make anything she thinks about appear. Drum can bloat himself to ten times his shape. Gold-Eye can see the near future and Ninde can read the minds of the creatures around her.

They will need all their talents and their skills to win back their planet. Shade sends them on dangerous missions to find valuable information that he can use against the enemy. The information may cost them their lives.
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shades Children is one of the best science fiction books i have ever read. From the very first page you are locked into the world that Nix has created. The only reason this book is missing a star is because there were F-Words in it, which I thought took highly away from the pleasure of the book. I am in eight grade, and if swearing bugs you as much as it bugs me, i would reccomend reading this book with caution,however, the plot was fantastic.
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Nix's boundless imagination shines in this novel. I enjoy reading post-apocolyptic SF, and this book fits the bill. The setting in which Shade's Children takes place feels real enough and believable, not to mention creepy. The main characters are well developed, and for the most part they stick to their motives. There's lots of fun action with gadgets and gizmos, as well as swords (a not-so-common element for futuristic sf.) The character known as "Shade" kept me guesing as to what his intentions were almost throughout the entire novel.
The book was good, bu not great. I like a plot to flow effortlessly without hinging on elements that are obviously there simply for the purpose of developing the plot,ie- the characters infiltrate the enemy's stronghold with the sole purpose of stealing a "projector" located on the stronghold's roof. They find the elevator that would take them to the roof, but because it's an unusual elevator, the team leader, a usually rational and inteligent character, decideds the whole team should take the elevator to a lower level because she thinks the unusual elevator won't allow them to come back down from the roof, even though it obviously allows them to descend, since they use it to go to a lower level. Once they reach the lower level they're ambushed by hundreds of the enemy and the rest of the story relies on this one event to create a suitable reason to turn the way it does.
Nix never really explains why the earth was overtaken by evil "overlords" intent on using humans as stock for their war-games. But when one of the characters has a chance to ask this question of one of the overlords I got the impression that Nix was placing a plug for animal rights/ animal liberation. The overlord says to the girl, "You animals are so stupid.
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This young adult science fiction novel from the author of the stunning fantasy "Sabriel" has some striking similarities to "The Matrix," although it was written before the film came out. In the future, enigmatic beings known as The Overlords have made all humans over age 14 vanish from the planet. All the remaining children were rounded up and placed in "Meat Factories" where they are bred to be used as raw material for slave-construct creatures, like Wingers, Trackers, and the fearsome Myrmidons. The Overlords use these creatures to play out cruel battle games for their own amusement.
But a resistance exists: children who have escaped from the dorms and who possess powers that the change in the world has given them. These children work for a being called Shade, a human mind inside a computer. Shade claims to be working at overthrowing the Overlords, but he seems too willing to toss away the lives of the children who serve him. Our four main characters, Drum, Ella, Ninde, and Gold-Eye, come to suspect that Shade has a larger agenda than he says, even as the struggle to defeat the Overlords starts to advance in their favor.
Although not as incredible a book as "Sabriel" (one of the best fantasies, adult or young adult, of the last decade), "Shade's Children" is action-packed, deeply imaginative, and filled with wonderful characters. The book is structured so that between the chapters dealing with the main action are short chapters containing computer read-outs, statistics, interview excerpts, computer self-analysis, etc. This is a clever device that splits up the action and gives dramatic tension to the rest of the book.
The four young heroes are realistic and wonderfully written. Ella, the eldest, and a strong leader who feels the great weight of responsibility.
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