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I Become Shadow

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Ren Sharpe was abducted at fourteen and chosen by the mysterious F.A.T.E. Center to become a Shadow: the fearless and unstoppable guardian of a future leader. Everything she held dear—her family, her home, her former life—is gone forever.
Ren survives four years of training, torture, and misery, in large part thanks to Junie, a fellow F.A.T.E. abductee who started out a
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Soho Teen (first published January 1st 2014)
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Bailey Noah I was wondering the same thing! I read his blog post and it said there is a sequel, but it won't be released until SPRING 2018!!! This is almost as ba…moreI was wondering the same thing! I read his blog post and it said there is a sequel, but it won't be released until SPRING 2018!!! This is almost as bad as having to wait for the second season of Riverdale...(less)
Laurie Solawetz Yes there is a romance with two teens and another teen enters the picture. There is cute humor and deadly action throughout. The 14 year old girl was …moreYes there is a romance with two teens and another teen enters the picture. There is cute humor and deadly action throughout. The 14 year old girl was kidnapped and went through violent training for 4 years. She received injections of the FIRE. It captivates you with the teen adolescent thoughts and loss of childhood to hard rock adult at 18. Read this, the ending, well you have to read it to see what happens.

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5 Stars

This book is freakin' AWESOME! I read it in less then 10 hours. It is just so much fun to read, I laughed out loud quite a few times and ran the gambit from sadness to evil glee.

I love how the MC, Ren, speaks directly with the reader, it feels more like a conversation. I fell in love with her, she is so full of life and emotions. I even giggled a few times myself especially on her inner monologue. She is smart, kind and loyal. Plus she is a wise ass that is also a total bad-ass. Junie,
Feb 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Before I really start this review, I have to admit that the only reason I read this is because the Teen Book Club I help out with is currently reading it and I like to read the books with them. If it weren't for this, I might not have ever picked this up.

With that said, I'm on the fence about I Become Shadow. I mean, I really liked it. The characters were funny, the romance was cute, the love-triangle-but-not-really was interesting, and the whole idea of kidnapping these "destined to die anyway"
Danilyn N
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I Become Shadow is about a teenage girl living in a lonely world 'see what I did there'. This teenage girls name is Ren. She is have aging some bad luck at school, in fact she is doing so bad she got a nose bleed in front of her crush, yikes! But on one fateful night she was texting away on her cell with her best friend until she feels a strange cloth wrap around her. Soon she realizes that she is being kidnapped. When she one up she discovers herself strapped to a chair in a pure white room tha ...more
Kendyl T.
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ren Sharpe the awesome,butt-kicking,hero of the story is kidnapped from her family,and home to train at the F.A.T.E. center.At the F.A.T.E. center the teens who are kidnapped are trained to become a shadow [glorified stalker].These shadows protect their F.I.P.[future,important,person] from all harm.Thanks to modern technology of their time they can know who and what will and will not be important.Two specific characteristics the author uses is dialouge and action.Which in my opinion are the dyna ...more
Frank-Intergalactic Bookdragon
DNF @ page 66/22%

I wish I read this two years ago, back when I enjoyed books like this. It gave me serious Divergent vibes and I think fans of that series will like this. It's full of action and training scenes, fast paced, has a cool sci-fi concept, and government conspiracy (that was the best part, the idea of an agency that knows what will happen in the future? That's such a fascinating concept!)

Yet, I failed to care. Despite the writing style being like the MC is talking to you, I never mad
Tavi B
Feb 13, 2017 added it
Rene Sharpe was abducted at her home at age 14 by some mysterious organization called F.A.T.E. the organization will train her to be an unstoppable, skilled, fearless guardian, of a person that will grow up to change the world, they call, these people shadows. Everything she loved and cared for is gone; her family; friends; and a normal life. Four years of intense training, misery, despite, and torture, have made here who she is today. The only good thing tat happened to her these four years was ...more
Gerardo Delgadillo
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 out of 5 stars

I BECOME SHADOW is one of those stories with a kickass heroine–Ren. This premise is similar to the one in the old 90s movie FREEJACK, featuring no other than Mick Jagger. But in this case, with teens and for different purposes. I really liked the novel, mainly the gruesome process Ren has to endure before departing to fulfill assignments. Four years of suffering, actually. So we see Ren growing up, fourteen years old to eighteen, and the writing shows the maturity–starts funny an
Natalie R.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: third-nine-weeks
I Become Shadow is a phenomenal book about a girl named Ren Sharpe. One night she was about to fall asleep, but before she did she was kidnapped. All of her family and friends thought she was dead. She was brought to a place called FATE. FATE is a place where people train you to be very powerful and strong. On Ren's first day she met a boy named Junie. They became good friends. After four years of training at FATE they became shadows. They got linked to someone that they watch over, protect, an ...more
Cullen P
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I Become Shadow is a really good book. This book is about a fourteen year old girl named Ren Sharpe, who is kidnapped by a center called F.A.T.E. They will train her to become a human weapon, that's called a shadow. Their job is to protect a special person, who will do good things when they grow up. Her family thinks she I dead back home, and will never see her again. She goes through training for four years. It is very painful, and some people might die. She gets her FIP four years later (the ...more
Cammy R
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2nd-9-weeks
I Become Shadow is a exciting novel that will have you on the edge of your seat the whole time you read it. One ordinary 14-year-old girl named Ren Sharpe has an ordinary life until a secret organization called FATE takes her away from her home in the middle of the night and trains her to be a human weapon. After her 4 long years of training she's ready to become a "Shadow". This is where she is assigned one human to watch over from the real world to keep safe. They cannot interact at all with t ...more
Pace R.
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thought that this book was amazing because all I wanted to do was to just keep reading. I finished this book in just a week! This book is about a girl who is stolen from her bed in the middle of the the night. When she is in the bodybag she is kicking and trying to scream through the sock in her mouth. When she gets to where they are taking her they tell her that the only reason they took her was because she was going to die. When she is there she goes through extreme pain including this one ...more
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
I picked up this book really looking forward to reading it. It sounded good and the book cover is eye catching. Sadly I did not finish this book. I got to the middle of chapter 8 and threw in the white towel for surrender. While there was things happening in the book in regards to action, it was still just the training phase of the action. Which I would have stuck with this book if for the one simple fact...I cared about the characters. There was nothing really interesting about Ren that made me ...more
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a great book and a perfect addition to the Lone Star List. The fact that the author is from Austin just makes it better! I enjoyed how he skipped over parts and gave us background of Ren's story instead of spending a lot of time doing that like some authors do. It was a pretty intense read with a lot of suspense and a heroine just snarky enough to make me love her! I can't find evidence anywhere online of a sequel in the works, but surely there is with that ending. Right? ...more
I LOVED this book!!! Please please please tell me this is a series because I need more!

The whole book flew by! I can't think of anything that could have been changed. I loved the character development and the POV and writing was perfect. I haven't read such a great book like this in a while

I rate it 5 stars for sure
Michele Genest
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
My students are going to love this story.
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Mandy C.
Cover Story: Inverted Big Face
BFF Charm: Nay
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Too Teen
Bonus Factors: Amherst, MA, Shades of Fearless
Anti-Bonus Factor: Love Triangle
Relationship Status: Missed Connection

Read the full book report here.

I had a hard time with the too-teen narration and the too-quickly-wrapped-up plot. (I might have liked this better had I read it back when it first came out in 2014.)

Check out my full review at Forever Young Adult.
Christine S.
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-9-weeks
I Become Shadow is about a girl named Ren Sharpe. Ren is kidnapped from her room one night when she was 14. They take her to a place where, when they take photos from space and they could see 50 years into the future. She goes to the FATE center and trains to be a fighter to protect her FIP(future important person). To go with her on this journey were about 300 14 year olds, but her best friend is a boy named Junie. Ren and Junie make it through 4 years of hard work and finally gets linked with ...more
Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
Ren and Junie are kidnapped at 14 years old to become a shadow, a guardian of future important leaders, by the mysterious F.A.T.E. Center. Trained to be able to handle anything, they are given their assignment at 18, determined to maintain the feelings they have for one another no matter how the bond with their assignments affects them. When Ren endangers her assignment she learns F.A.T.E. is not the altruistic protectors of humanity it professes to be.

I really enjoyed Ren's narrative. It's a st
Jan 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-blog-pr
While I enjoyed the spy aspects of this book and certainly Ren became more interesting as the novel went on, I wasn't as keen on Shine's narrative style.


Spies, thieves and assassins - when I was a kid I ate fantasy books filled with these three as if they were going out of style. Which really it was unusual to find an age appropriate book with any of those professions being the main character. Now I toss a shoe and I'll land on at least four books in the young adult genre with any and all.

Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
The craft is juvenile and this seems like a total cliche.
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I Become Shadow, starts the story with 18 year old Rennes Sharpe taking us back four years ago when her life was stolen from her. See she was kidnapped and chosen to be apart of an organization called F.A.T.E who stumbled on a designed satellite that saw fifty years into the future, thus knowing who lived, who died and who was valuable. Ren was suppose to die at age 14 as well as the other hundreds of other 'recruits' all who were chosen (aka abducted) to be in the Shadow program and protect fut ...more
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ren Sharpe is a 14 year old girl who is kidnapped from everything and is brought to a place called F.A.T.E. Where she is trained to become a shadow. A shadow is someone who is a guardian of a very important person to the future. 4 years later she is 18 and is assigned to her person. Her life no longer matters she must put her assignments life in front of hers. Her assignment, Garett Young a former college student. To make matters worse he is a nerd. For a while life is uneventful and boring. But ...more
Jacobe D.
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ren Sharpe is a normal 14 year-old girl. You know, the one with a popular best friend, secret crush, the jeans-and-T-shirt style. But all of that changes when Ren is kidnapped from her own home, never to see her family again. She is taken to FATE; a secret organization that knows everything and everyone, and is dangerously smart. They could tell you who the president of the United States will be in 54 years, or that the cure to cancer is a 4 year-old girl. FATE trains Shadows, the unnaturally st ...more
Helen F
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2nd-9-weeks
The book I Become Shadow by Joe Shine is a extremely impressive story. Meet 14-year old Ren Sharp, a normal teenager starting her first day in high school. Until one night, everything changes. A mystery facility kidnaps her and brings her to what they call F.A.T.E. She finds out they are a secret society stealing teenagers from their family's, and bringing them to train them to become blood-thirsty killing machines. They are assigned to protect important people valuable to everyone's future. So ...more
”Imagine we’re in a movie, and this is the sweet-a montage sequence in the middle of it. So flip through your music collection. Queue up your favorite Eye of the Tiger-esque, inspirational, I-am-becoming-a-badass song. Crank the volume and hit play.”

So let's count all of the things I like most about I BECOME SHADOW:
1. Found family trope
2. The most accurate representation of ADHD I have ever read in a main character
3. Humor that continues to make me literally laugh out loud despite me having read
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Once I got past the whole premise being a bit on the ridiculous side of things and the fact the explanation of the events surrounding main character Ren's existence, I Become Shadow became a popcorn book. There isn't a lot of depth or even a lot of logic to the plot, but it is one heck of a ride. Joe Shine casts Ren as the outcast and what happens next is really an overused device to make her more interesting. She becomes a killer assassin. Sprinkle in some love triangle and a barely explained c ...more
Elli W
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 3rd-9-weeks
I Become Shadow is an amazing book about Ren Sharpe and her experience after being kidnapped. One night she is taken by people and brought to this complex building with several training rooms, a hospital, and rooms. In there she's notified that she'll be going through around 4 years of harsh training, if she's able to survive. The purpose of bringing teenagers into the training place is that the people who work there know when others are going to die. They bring in teens that are about to die wi ...more
Katie Hedgepeth
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
I liked the idea behind the story and most of it was good. But something about it was unsettling for me. I think it's partly because it's a male writing a female character (which I have absolutely no problem with) and it's like he's trying to convince everyone he can write a female character but he tries too hard or something else I can't put my finger on. The beginning scene describing the main character's gynecologist visit really threw off the tone because it seemed random and unnecessary (bo ...more
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one! I usually don't like the whole spy/secret agency-thing. But once I got past the slightly awkward tone to the narrative at the beginning I was completely sucked in!!! An action-packed thrill ride, that reminded me of Francine Pascal's Fearless series of the late 90s (only better written and more action, less soap). Plus, Ren is a sarcastic, bitchy and surprisingly smart badass chick. Definitely want to read the next one. ...more
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