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Falls the Shadow

(Falls the Shadow #1)

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  1,080 ratings  ·  213 reviews
When Cate Benson was a kid, her sister, Violet, died. Two hours after the funeral, Cate’s family picked up Violet’s replacement. Like nothing had happened. Because Cate’s parents are among those who decided to give their children a sort of immortality—by cloning them at birth—which means this new Violet has the same smile. The same perfect face. Thanks to advancements in m ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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This had one creeeeeepy premise (hence the 2 stars) and it was the main reason why I wanted to read this one so much. The basic idea is that Cate’s sister dies but then a few hours after her sister’s funeral, they go to pick up her sister’s replacement. The replacement basically is the exact same replica of Cate’s sister, and many people are suspicious that these ‘replacement’ people are evil, and are not as benign as they seem. In terms of execution, this one didn't go too far as I felt like th ...more
Anatea Oroz
I'm not sure what exactly drew me to Falls the Shadow, but I think it would have to be the combination of the creepy cover, cloning and science-fiction. When you look at the cover, you get the feeling that this is a book with a lot of character (one face is even screaming!) but I didn't really feel what I thought I would as strongly. At some points, this book felt really blah, and there were points where I actually wondered if I should even finish the book. Now, don't get me wrong, it wasn't as ...more
Mary Summer
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
FALLS THE SHADOW is a surprising book. It bills itself as a near-future thriller, and it is—chilling reveals, reversals, betrayals, and bad guys under every rock. But the surprising part is how thoroughly thought-provoking it is. The moral ambiguities inherent in the premise, as well as the ethical dilemmas the characters face throughout the story, make for some serious enlightenment-salon-style conversation fodder. I found it completely engrossing. The major relationship question in the book is ...more
Ruth Turner
May 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned

Well written with an interesting story line, but I didn't enjoy it.

I read more than half before I gave up. For the most part I was bored and I didn't even have enough interest to want to know how it ends.

I think many readers, especially YA will love it, but it wasn't my cup of tea.
Jul 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Falls the Shadow by Stefanie Gaither
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
Rating: 3 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

When Cate Benson was a kid, her sister, Violet, died. Two hours after the funeral, Cate’s family picked up Violet’s replacement. Like nothing had happened. Because Cate’s parents are among those who decided to give their children a sort of immortality—by cloning
Jay G
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
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Catelyn Benson and her sister Violet were close when they were younger. Violet becomes sick and dies suddenly only to be replaced by her clone 2 hours after the funeral. This new Violet is genetically the same as the old Violet and shares her memories but she is different in subtle ways that Catelyn can't help but notice. When the news of the most popular girl in school being murdered a
This one went from (almost) zero to (nearly) hero.

What I Liked
•The character development. Cate, our MC, starts out as a timid, slut-shaming brat and ends up a kickass, awesome, responsible protagonist you can really root for by the end of the book. Plus she never allows her feelings for the love interest to distract her from what she has to do.
•The romance. It wasn't cheesy. It wasn't overdone or unbelievable. It wasn't too fast. The "l word" is never uttered and I was grateful for that.
•The lov
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Initial thoughts: Finally finished this! I really enjoyed this one. Review to come tomorrow morning.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This review was originally posted on my blog, Daring Damsels.

The entire concept of Falls the Shadow is something I find very, very interesting: clones. Studying year 12 biology last year, we spoke a lot about the science behind clones as well as the ethical matters. When I was perusing Goodreads one day, and I discovered
May 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: dystopia fans
The idea of suffering the loss of a relative and two hours later having a substitute is a bit frightening to say the least. The fact that your cloned sister could also be a murderer makes things even worse. But as soon as I started reading it I couldn't put the book down , Stefanie Gaither's novel is a page turner.The writer used to manage a coffee shop while studying for her B.A. in English, if her coffee was as good as the novel I bet the shop was full everyday.

The plot is deceptively simple a
Apr 19, 2014 rated it liked it
2.5 / 5

Catelyn and Violet were both cloned at birth, their clones raised in a 'controlled environment'. Their parents made copies of their daughters to be on the 'safe side', to have replacements just in case something bad happened to one of them. To be able to swipe a possible tragedy under a rug and pretend it never happened. But a tragedy did happen and Catelyn's older sister got sick and died. And then the replacement took her place, picking up exactly where the other girl left off, with all
rachel ☾
If I were a publicist I would be pitching this book as Reboot meets Flawed. There are so many similar elements between the three of them (which I don’t mean as a bad thing) that I think they’ll all appeal to the same type of reader… which unfortunately is just not me. Most of the problems I had with those two books, I also had with Falls the Shadow. While this story promises a fascinating exploration into some very hot topics - genetic engineering and cloning - it was ultimately dull and forgett ...more
Kirsty-Marie Jones

Ugh, you have no idea how much I loved Falls the Shadow, it's a little embarrassing. Halfway through I was thinking a solid four, and then it just upped and upped and away it went, pretty much perfect. It reminded me a lot of Jennifer Rush's Altered series, but longer, It's not exactly the same as it, but the character vibes I got from Altered I got from Falls the Shadow. That chemistry between them, when characters just click. They bounced off one another and it's just makes the whole book just
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2015
Wow, this story had me hooked!

The basic premise: In a futuristic world, they have figured out a technology to create perfect clones. Parents can elect to have this procedure done to their children, and then the "clones" are stored in a facility, and regularly updated (their brains are like computers) with all the memories of the original. The idea being, that if a child dies, you can have them "replaced."

The MC, Catelyn's older sister, Violet dies of a disease. Their parents are rich (her dad's
Storm Arashi
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was an amazing read from start to finish, from some reviews I thought it wasn't going to be a good book at first, but I'm a sucker for science fiction and I love the concepts of cloning.... Just the idea that someone new can be created from DNA of someone else... And this story follows through on that. The main character Catelyn has to deal with the death of her sister Violet, and hasn't been allowed to grieve properly... She's still grieving for Old Violet when New Violet comes along and the ...more
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Take the intrigue and thought provocation of 1984 and couple it with the thrill of Divergent, and you've got Falls the Shadow.

Full review to come.
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
Started out good and drastically went downhill from there...boring with an unnecessary romance. This book had a lot of potential but didn't live up to it.
Therin Knite
-sigh- I hate it when a book with an awesome premise (and a spectacular cover) ends up being a huge letdown.

Let me count the ways this book disappointed me.


Firstly, the first third of the book is boring. Nothing of interest really happens -- and that is a significant chunk of the story for nothing to happen in. One third. All we get out of that third is some barely-there world-building, A LOT of info-dumped backstory, and a few minor plot points that do little to draw the reader into the stor
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*
Falls the Shadow was an interesting book premise. I really liked the idea behind, and it was definitely more of a thriller than what I normally read. However, I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought the characters were fantastic.

I liked Cate from the very beginning, she was very relatable and I liked that she was protective of her sister despite everything her sister did. Her progression over this book was great, and I loved that
Dustin Fife
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was quite a ride. I’ve read a lot of fast-paced action-packed sci-fi lately that, unfortunately, fell flat in the character development area. In said novels, when relationships or lives were in dangers, it was easy to say, “meh….so what?” But here, the author spent the time developing the relationships so they actually meant something when they were in danger. There were several moments that got me (a 30 year old manly manly man) choked up—because the relationships actually mattered to ...more
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Book #2 Read in 2015
Falls the Shadow by Stefanie Gaither (YA)

Cate has a sister who died...sort of. Violet had a clone who took her place when she passed away. But Cate feels like Violet (the clone) has never truly replaced her sister. Then Violet is accused of murdering the daughter of a high-ranking official and Cate tries to find out what really happened. She is assisted by her crush Jaxon and his friend Seth. But they are at risk for their investigation...from a variety of sources. This was a
Kristi Helvig
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An intense thriller that kept me guessing until the end. I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough! Please let there be a sequel.
C.M. McCoy
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Confessions of a First-Page Whore (by Colleen)
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I grab a book from the shelf and devour its first page. Some sentences wind up on my Post-It Note Wall of Great Line Fame and some get rewritten inside my head as I read. I love them all. I am a first-page whore, and these are my confessions: FALLS THE SHADOW edition.

Best first sentence of a book I’ve ever read. Period.

I’ve read thousands of first lines, and this o
Mar 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: meh
Here's to me thinking that I've come across a truly unique premise in this over-crowded genre - even though it had the potential for it, that potential was completely lost somewhere halfway through the story. The plot turned all too quickly into one of those typical, super convenient chain of coincidences that used a semi-successful romance as a plot device.

The opening pages of the novel were actually quite suspenseful and really piqued my curiosity. Unfortunately, that didn’t last for long. Af
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I received from the publisher via Edelweiss.

Sci-fi still isn’t my thing, but cloning? Sisterhood? A fast-paced thrill ride? Two out of those three are so what I’m into that the third suddenly was too and therefore I needed this book. It sounds like a great recipe, right? It is a good recipe, but this book was missing quite a few vital ingredients, so the result isn’t quite as delicious as it needs to be. Falls the Shadow is a rapid-spee
Jul 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Falls the Shadow gives us an in depth look at what happens when families start investing in clones. These clones are stored in a lab where daily information and memories are downloaded into their CPUs or "brains" so that if an accident happens and the human dies then the clone can pick up right where the human left off without messing a beat. Imagine having someone waiting in the wings to take your place *shudders* yeah I thought it was creepy too.

I have to say this whole idea scares me and intr
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
This review was originally posted on my blog, Hiver et Cafe

I received an e-ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss. This fact does not affect my opinion on this book in any shape or form. This review is my honest opinion and I was not compensated in any shape or form for this review.

The first time I ever heard of FALLS THE SHADOW, was actually from my Writer's Craft teacher, my senior year. She was teaching us about query letters and she showed us an example of Stefanie Gaither's query letter and
Feb 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc

Rating : 2.5/5

Falls the Shadow was one of those books that initially started out with a cool and unique concept, only to get watered down and to turn into a same old story line that has repeatedly been used in the YA sci-fi genre. In the end, I was left feeling confused to how I felt about the book. By no means did I hate the story, but I also didn't particularly love it. If I had to choose just one word to describe the book, it would be unmemorable.

I was impressed by the idea of a book with clo
Nov 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Catelyn was a very bland character. In a way that was intentional. Her mother taught her to not show her feelings and avoid the tabloids to save the family's image. It still would have been nice to see more of who she is. As it is, Catelyn has little personality outside of her family.

What we are shown is a very naive girl. She is the kind of person to know something will lead to trouble and still do it and keep doing it, completely ignoring her gut feeling. The first time it hap
Heather Wood
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Falls the Shadow was a great YA read! I wasn’t sure where the book was going when I started it and I really liked the direction the author took the story. There were a few unexpected twists that really had me taken by surprise.

I loved the characters in the book. Cate was very relatable and I loved that she acted like a very normal teen girl who struggles to fit in with her peers. Her life becomes complicated when her family decides to replace her sister with a cloned copy. Cate has reservations
Cloning is always a concept in scifi that I'm happy to read about. It's intriguing and a real possibility to happen sometime in the (perhaps near?) future.

Falls the Shadow was a slower read, but not in the sense that it was boring or lulled too much. In fact, I never felt that it dragged along and I was quite captivated by the story. The stakes were high and there was a sense of urgency, but it wasn't in a super flashy way. It felt more like an indie film compared to a summer blockbuster, if tha
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