Fiction Garth Nix Shade's Children

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Shade's Children

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. The evil Overlords in a brutal city of the future harvest the brains and muscles of 14-year-old children to create killing machines, but a mysterious individual called Shade has devised a plan to stop them.

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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.

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In the brutal world of the future, an unspeakable fate awaits the human children of the Dormitories when they turn fourteen. It is from this Sad Birthday that Shade's Children'Ella, Drum, Gold-Eye, and Ninde'have escaped. Hunted ceaselessly by savage mutant creatures, they join forces to form a resistance movement. Cunning, clairvoyance, and sheer desperate force of will help them. But ultimately their fate rests with the charismatic Shade, who calls himself their friend . . .

This complex, suspenseful, thoroughly absorbing tale of the future fulfills all the promise of Sabriel, Garth Nix's debut young adult novel.

Praise for Sabriel:

‘Rich, complex, involving, hard to put down, this first novel is excellent high fantasy.' 'Publishers Weekly

‘The action charges along at a gallop'a page turner for sure.' 'Starred Review/Booklist

01 Blue Spruce Award Masterlist (YA Cat.) and 00-01 Tayshas High School Reading List

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