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Shade's Children by Garth Nix
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Aug 14, 14

bookshelves: action, science-fiction, grades-9-and-up, dystopia
Read in September, 2012

The first 200+ pages of this dystopian sci fi thriller are excellent. Some strange force has triggered a radioactive Change and vaporized all humans 14 or older. Children are raised and harvested to bio-engineer the hideous creatures that patrol the battered landscape.

Shade is the creepy holograph mastermind of a band of child guerrillas. Or at least he’s creepy enough, until he goes all Dr. Evil. His sinister side becomes obvious and camp, complete with diabolical tics of suppressed diabolishousness.

Four teens, Shade’s top squad, are the heroes of the novel. Each of them controls a superpower, a side-effect of the Change. They’re a resourceful team, but they manage to misread their master’s schizo behavior, and recklessly charge into a final hopeless mission to save the world. All sorts of theatrics ensue. Great fun for a no-brains thriller, maybe, but I wish the climax did more to justify the sophisticated promise of the buildup.
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