Shade's Children (Shade's Children)
On your 14th birthday, you’re dead meat…
Chilling SF adventure from international bestselling author Garth Nix.
In a futuristic urban wasteland, evil Overlords have decreed that no child shall live a day past his fourteenth birthday. On that Sad Birthday, the child is the object of an obscene harvest resulting in the construction of a machinelike creature whose sole purpose...more
I've read a lot of YA as an adult, partly because of my own child, who liked to have me read the same books to discuss them, and partly because I like YA SFF. There's often an honesty, a pared down-ness to the stories that attracts me. The flip side is that some authors tend to talk down to their audience, which is depressing and disappointing. Garth Nix has never, ever done this.
This is a man ...more
Upon reread, it's... somewhat less shocking.
Also, I find I am still madly in love with the story in general. Crazed Overlords harvesting children's bodies and brains to power their twisted war ...more
داستانی که در اون ، بچه هایی رو می بینید که به زور ، به جبر زمانه ، مجبورند کودکی نکرده وارد دنیای بی رحمی بشن ، دنیایی بی رحمتر از دنیای بی رحم اطرافم ما. یا تبدیل به ابزارهایی بلا اختیار (هرچند که ناخودآگاه انسانی شون رو حفظ می کنند و این رنجشون رو افزون می کنه) یا تبدیل می شوند به جنگجویانی که با ید با همون ابزارهایی که قبلا از جنس خودشون ...more
Shade's Children is set in a dystopia setting, perhaps more modern than not, as the technology of present day is still there in that setting, but no one knows how to use it. Fifteen years ago everyone over fourteen vanished, and eventually children were rounded up and taken to the Dorms. When you turn fourteen, you die. If ...more
One problem is the backstory -- there are some small holes and some very big ones. I mostly liked that Nix doesn't try to explain the situation very much, because it should only be a little less mysterious to the reader than it is to the protagonists; but then again, in science fiction there should at least be a pretense that ...more
The book takes place in a futuristic setting. One day all of the people over the age of 14 just disappear leaving behind nothing but children. Shortly after the adults disappear the children are rounded up and taken to dormitories where they are raised until their 14th birthday at which time they are taken away by creatures, to the Meat Factory. The Meat ...more
We open the first few pages and here we are, cheerily dropped by Garth Nix into a world in which seven psychopaths of a higher life form, apparently hailing from another dimension, have taken over this world and taken World of Warcraft to the next level. So far so go ...more
"If an action must be taken that will benefit the majority at the cost of the minority, is it morally indefensible?
If an action taken for the benefit of a majority occurs at the expense of a minority, is it moral action?"
I keep getting the vibe that this book would've made a great video game. Monsters, evil Overlords, runaway teens, a mysterious mentor.... it could be epic.
Shade's Children tells the story of the world fifteen years after the "Change" led to the rule of the ev ...more
در آیندهای نزدیک همهی افراد بالای سال ناپدید میشوند و فقط کودکان زیر سال باقی میمانند که آنها نیز به اردوگاههای منتقل میشوند. در جشن تولد سالگی این بچهها را به کارخانهی گوشت میفرستند تا بخشی از ساختههای اربابان برای مبارزه باشند. موجوداتی به نام اسکریمر، ترکر، وینگر، میرمیدون و فرت. این هیولاها از سه بخشی جادویی، ماشینی و انسانی تشکیل شده ...more
Aaaand now it's been re-released, with a new cover.
Garth Nix is known ...more
Second, I found it hard to ...more
It’s a thrilling story of a group of people in a world where children are the only ones left and being used for a much darker reason. The characters themselves are all easy to believe, the fictiona ...more
Re-reading this as an adult was, of course, a radically different experience. I guess I nev ...more
Sometime in the near future a phenomenon has occurred instantaneously removing all adults from the world leaving the children at the mercy of a mysterious group they refer to as Overlords. Some children escape their fate as mere body parts bred to become soldiers in the battles these Overlords have against each other. Their "protector" is Shade, whose personality resides in a computer and sends these children out on missions to learn more about the Overlords and possibly how ...more
In the Abhorsen series, there is clearly a lot of ...more
However, the lack of emotional development ...more
There is a lot of the standard Sci Fi convention here, but Nix manages to make a lot of it feel pretty fresh by tinkering a bit with the tropes, and giving us a few twists to the standard "Robots ...more
The rest ...more
So, why did I love it? It was a haunting read that sent shivers up my spine and that will sta ...more
I read this book, I believe, in junior high. It's one of those novels that sucks you into the story and doesnt let you go till you've reached the end, and then want more.
It's about these kids, set in the future, when all the adults are gone. Poof, gone. And these kids are trying to survive in a world run by machines when at 12 years old you might as well kiss yourself goodbye because you're old enough to become a drone of some kind, or food.
So there's a r ...more
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INTERVIEW 24768 . GOLD-EYE
I like trees… grass… only birds in sky. People walking safe. Family
No Creatures. Sleep all night safe. Walk under sun in own place.
Grow plants. Build.
Be father with mother. Have Children. A place like Petar told me. Home.
After Change goes back…
I want home.”
If an action taken for the benefit of a majority occurs at the expense of a minority, is it moral action?”