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Shadow Web

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  287 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Jessica Allendon is bored and Googles her name. Weirdly, she finds another girl, same age, same name, also living in London. They arrange to meet. At the designated time and place, Jess sees the girl, shock registering on both their faces as they realise they look identical. They shake hands and in that instant are catapulted into each other's worlds. Jessica finds herself ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published February 4th 2008 by Bloomsbury
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Jun 21, 2016 Jacey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
You should never google your own name. When Jess does, she contacts another Jessica Allendon. Mistake number one. Her second mistake is going to meet her namesake. A handshake and Jess' world falls apart. She finds herself in 2008. It's London, but not the same one. All the rules have changed. The two world wars never happened; emancipation never happened. England is under the iron fist of its government and rebellion is seething beneath the surface.

Jess' skimpy T-shirt and jeans are the first
Jul 20, 2014 Eleanor rated it liked it
Shelves: steampunky, ya
I was intrigued when "Shadow Web" was recommended to me, curious to read another book by N. M. Browne as I remembered really loving "The Warriors of Alavna" when I was younger. I've come away a little bit disappointed.

The premise is superb and the world of "other London" colourfully and richly painted. I enjoyed the characters and the plot was engaging but there is something wanting.

The story is told from the 1st person perspective of Jess which, although adequate, left me curious for Jessica
Nov 10, 2016 Alice rated it liked it
What a read! Very fast-paced and actionfilled, though a little too much unpunished sexual harrassment for my taste.
Off to see if there's a novel from the other side :)
Nov 17, 2016 Palu rated it really liked it
Feb 28, 2011 Becky rated it liked it
Shelves: read-for-review
Shadow Web is a twisting tale of an alternate universe. It is part thriller, part historical novel and entirely action-packed.

Jess is your average sixteen year old girl. She lives not too far from Central London in Sheen and has a good relationship with her mum. One evening she is googling herself on the internet when she comes across an intriguing person of the same name. The other Jessica wants to meet her and so Jess ropes her best friend Johnno into going with her to the rendezvous point at
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May 21, 2012 Rebecca- Books rated it it was amazing
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Sep 23, 2010 Claire rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
This was quite a quick read, quite enjoyable. Very steampunk, too (which is why I originally picked it up) - the main character is transported to an alternate history/world, where the World Wars never happened. Everything is very different politically (eg no women's rights, vote still very limited), yet they have the same technology (almost) as we do. It was really well told, and the main character's voice sounded quite realistic to me (in places). I liked that the history of the new world and ...more
Jun 09, 2009 Josie rated it really liked it
When I started this, I found the narrator's voice annoying. - Yes, she's 16 and 16-year-olds would speak like that, but it doesn't mean I like it and want to read an entire book as if some potty-mouthed adolescant Londoner was telling me the story, with 'well bad' and 'like' liberally scattered everywhere.BUT It grabbed me and wouldn't let go, I gobbled it up in no time. I loved the idea of an alternate 2008 London, and once Jess had been caterpaulted there, she dispensed with most of the awful ...more
Aug 09, 2011 Ernest rated it liked it
This was a very interesting premise that wasn’t developed as well or as much as I think it could have been. This book was at times difficult to read as ideas were very carefully, and at time too slowly, teased out. While this created a sense of mystery very well, at times it felt too slow and plodding. Perhaps tighter pacing could have worked better.

I particularly liked trying to identify the places in the book that had been ‘changed’ from their world from ours. In this respect, readers who have
Lizzi- Lou
Feb 24, 2008 Lizzi- Lou rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!!
Shelves: v-gd-reads
I loved his book.
Jessica is your average teenage girl who one day decides to google her name. She gets lots of results but one grabs her eye, the girl seems similar to her, but different. So he sends the girl an email and they agree to meet. When they meet things start to go wrong, she gets sent to the other Jessica's world. There it's like a victorian london but in 2008, so the internet is called the root etc.
Tiny thing make a big difference, so there was no world war and people are still ser
Mar 02, 2014 Ash rated it liked it
Shelves: teen, 2014
It wasn't amazing, but it also wasn't by any means a bad book. The characters were fun and the alternate reality was lightly and deftly rendered in all kinds of interesting details. The main character did feel like she was just being swept along by events (they were big events and she had no idea what was going on! And yet!) although I liked her a lot, so I couldn't really be mad at her. I wasn't really satisfied by the ending, but I didn't know what else it could have done to be better. All in ...more
Michaela P.
Apr 01, 2016 Michaela P. rated it really liked it
This kind of reminded me of Outlander even though I've never read it.. Shadow Web didn't have romance until the very end, but hey, that was fine with me. On page 257, there was a disgusting remark about how Jess' friend didn't know what panic was.. uhm, excuse me, anxiety is real. You are not. ;) Sorry not sorry, I don't tolerate people underestimating how damaging mental illnesses can be. Okay, I'm done with my ranting, back to the review. I kind of had a hard time connecting to Jess.. she was ...more
Jul 10, 2012 Zoe rated it did not like it
This book has the potential to be amazing. It has a well thought out and entincing storyline. Unfortunately though, it's boring. It is written with the common misconception of how adults believe teenagers speak. It becomes tiresome and annoying having "like" involved in almost every other sentence. Admittedly, this does lessen throughout the story but remains dominant over all other words. I only continued in the hope that it would improve and I would love to say that it did. However, the ending ...more
Mar 10, 2015 Naomi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-read-in-2015
I finished reading this book this morning and boy did I love it?! Just my cup of tea.
I'll admit to finding a few typos, and Jessica's voice was slightly annoying because she used the word "Well" as an intensifier. Which should never be done.
It was a very steam-punk-esque, autumnal, dystopia kind of novel, but set in the past. I really loved it and I don't know why more people haven't heard of it. Also the end made me cry. Prepare for that. It's not even that sad- it's more bittersweet I suppos
Oct 10, 2012 Dilara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is very unique and makes you think deeply about real life and history.

Jessica googles her name and finds another person who has the exact name and birthday as her. She decides to meet up with this mysterious person. They do. But there is something strange...

Jess gets transported to a sort of less developed parallel universe. This new world of hers is sexist, racist and discriminative. Jess has a low ranked job and some thing she has a bad reputation. This isn't Jessica though this is h
May 31, 2016 Steph marked it as did-not-finish
There are certain children's books which need to be read by children in order to be enjoyed. Books like the Famous Five series, the Babysitters Club, and the Point Horrors - I tore through these when I was younger, but when reread as an adult something gets lost between page and reader. The prose is stilted, flat and somehow inaccessible to adults. Unfortunately, Shadow Web is of this ilk. I'm sure if I'd read it 15 years ago I'd have loved it.
Magdalen Dobson
Jun 29, 2011 Magdalen Dobson rated it liked it
3.5. There were a few holes in the alternate-universe plot, but it was for the most part pretty good. It was interesting in theory what the impact of having no WW1 or 2 would have on nowadays society, and it did manage to make the plot very about politics but not at the expense of the characters' development.
Feb 24, 2012 Ellen rated it liked it
What a funny, but interesting, little book. I suppose a good way to describe it would be interestingly confusing but enjoyable. That is, if you follow what's going on. It gets better towards the end, but took me a little while to get into. I did enjoy it in the end, and found it rather amusing in places.
Mar 28, 2008 Kirsty rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I'm torn on my opinion of this. While I was reading it, I couldn't put it down - I read it while cooking dinner, between classes, and when I should have been asleep. But when I finished it, it fell straight out of my brain.

There were some interesting ideas and the tension was excellently paced, but the characters weren't memorable enough to stay in my head.
Varsha Seshan
Apr 13, 2014 Varsha Seshan rated it really liked it
A story that begins with a narcissistic search for yourself on Google.
Maria Menduni
Aug 21, 2014 Maria Menduni rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Brilliant book!
So interesting, entertaining and full of plot-twists. Once you start reading it, it's difficult to put it down.
I would absolutely recommend it!!!
Gavrielle Harris
Feb 13, 2015 Gavrielle Harris rated it really liked it
I had very high hopes for this book and it didn't let me down. It got rather sappy at times but overall was filled with excitement and adventure.
Ffion Stevenson
Aug 04, 2009 Ffion Stevenson rated it really liked it
It was okay. I think the plot was good but wasant written down properly. It would have been better if it was longer.xxxx
Jun 18, 2014 Charlotte rated it it was amazing
An incredible page turning novel. Follow Jess through a whirlwind of events which leave her confused and wanting to go home. If only she could...
Dec 13, 2015 Corinne rated it it was amazing
A really enthralling story. You don't know who to trust or who to talk to...
I really enjoyed this book
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I was born in Burnley, Lancs (England) and lived not too far from Pendle Hill - the haunt of witches and all manner of strangeness. This may have had an effect on my imagination.

My father was a painter and teacher and my mother was a teacher too. Both were Welsh and this has probably had an impact on my imagination too. The whole family headed for Wales every holiday so that even now Wales is inex
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