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Shadow Figure (The Light Behind Shadows #2)

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Sarah Johnson has often had the strange sensation that something is missing from her life--something incredibly important, which she has forgotten. Her life is turned upside down when a terrorist group known as The League kidnaps her and her parents. When her captors insist that they are holding her for her own protection, she begins to re-examine everything she believed t ...more
Kindle Edition, 22 pages
Published April 22nd 2019
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Deborah O'Carroll
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a direct sequel to Government Man (I love that idea! Sequel short stories!) and I can’t talk too much about it because of spoilers for the first one, but it was another fascinating story. It delves further into the dystopian world introduced in the first, but from a new perspective, a certain heroine this time. It was intense too and I especially loved the “Shadow Figure” and all the things related to it. It’s heartwrenching in a sense, but full of possibility too (that I’m really excite ...more
Beth Wangler
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad Dawson continued the story she began in Government Man. I loved her approach in choosing Sarah's perspective for this story.

How to review this without spoilers for it or Government Man...

Sarah was a wonderfully-relatable character. I appreciated that she reacted to her circumstances the way a normal person would. I loved her struggle with what to believe. As a teacher myself, I particularly appreciated her line of work ;)

Dawson used a new perspective to continue a familiar story, but
E.B. Dawson
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This series is all about the search for truth, how people often allow themselves to be deceived because it's comfortable, what it takes to change a set of beliefs, and what obstacles stand in the way of that. Thought it is distinctively dystopian and has several action sequences, it is probably quite different from what many people picture as dystopian. Instead of telling this story through a large blockbuster lens, I have opted for very close glimpses into certain characters' lives. You get to ...more
emrys merlin
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved Government Man, so when I heard there would be a sequel I was ecstatic! And while it didn't hit me emotionally like Government Man did, I still found it a very compelling story.

Whereas the first Government Man focused on Caleb, Shadow Figure centeres primarily on Sarah. And while I definitely found Caleb to be a more sketched out character, I still found being in Sarah's head thoroughly satisfying as well. There was just something very relatable about how she processed and re
Janelle Garrett
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 stars. I loved this follow up story to Government Man. Where the emotional impact wasn’t quite there in the last story, this one delivers in spades. I really connected with the characters and their struggles. Sarah is relatable and likable, and the pacing of the story is really well done.

I wish there had been a little bit more of an interaction between Sarah and her captors. I feel this would have amped up the emotional impact of a key part in the story, but this doesn’t detract from it at
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
E.B. Dawson hit it out of the park with this series. Part one was powerful, to say the least. A hint of humor, a huge helping of perfect character development, and a powerful story. And in part two she amped it all up. I was totally in love with every second, and I'm so eager to see where it goes.
The story seems simple, but the deeper you get the more layers you find. The emotions are so real, and I found myself smiling through most of it. Even the sad parts. It just leaves you with a feeling
Linus C Bittner
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was really good, it wasn't quite as good as the first one was but it's still really good.
I also really like how the first one was from Caleb's point of view and this one is from Sarah's.
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So far, I’ve been really enjoying this Light Behind the Shadows series. As the author mentioned in her synopsis, these stories are dystopian, but they’re very distinct from what one usually imagines as “dystopian.” Rather than focusing world-building and action sequences and plot with the occasional love triangle thrown into the mix, these stories instead opt to zero in on character moments—exploring the moments when someone begins to realize what they have believed all their lives is wrong.

S. M. Holland
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with part one and had been begging for the story to be continued for ten thousand years...
At first I was a bit nervous as the 2 part is from a different characters perspective... but let me tell you, Dawson did not disappoint. The raw emotion was there is full force. I was left with NEEDING more at the end, and I look forward to part three of this short story series.
It is quickly becoming one of my favorite set of short stories by Dawson ever, and I am sooo freaking excited for wh
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