Shade’s Children, Garth Nix

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  1. Elisha S. Says:

    Summary: Shade’s Children is set in a post-nuclear world ruled by creatures such as Overlords, Myrmidons, and Wingers. In the Dorms, where all the children under 14 years old are held for training and schooling, is where Gold-Eye stayed until he escaped when he had a few months left until his 14th birthday. He is helped and taken in by a group of three, going by the names of Ninde, Drum, and Ella (the leader). They take Gold-Eye to Shade, the artificial intelligence that runs the rebel program against the creature-dominated world, and he becomes a part of Ella’s team. Gold-Eye learns new ideas and fighting tactics against the creatures, and eventually trusts the team he was placed in, along with Shade (although not completely). This changes, however, when Ella’s team is last team standing and Shade makes a deal with the Overlords.

    Evaluation: I found this book pretty interesting. I normally enjoy science fiction, but this one book in particular wasn’t as interesting as others that I have read. I can’t quite put my finger on it; it just has that lack of something that causes my attention to wander off. I liked the characters though, and how they were affected by the Change. Their powers were developed through the radiation from the Change, which most stereotypical superheroes had as well. Although, their powers weren’t as powerful to begin with like the superheroes, and these powers still aren’t as powerful. Drum’s powers were affected though, because of the all steroids they had given him, which also prevented him from going through puberty (which I found kind of funny). The story just wasn’t as promising as I had hoped, unlike the characters themselves.

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

    Recommendations:
    I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
    Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    • Enclave by Ann Aguirre

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