Tuesday 18 September 2012

The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski - Book Review

Title: The Shadow Society
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication Date: 16th October 2012
Pages: 416
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: Fantasy / YA
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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Darcy Jones doesn’t remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse. She has never really belonged anywhere—but she couldn’t have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn’t happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population.

Memories begin to haunt Darcy when a new boy arrives at her high school, and he makes her feel both desire and desired in a way she hadn’t thought possible. But Conn’s interest in her is confusing. It doesn’t line up with the way he first looked at her.

As if she were his enemy.

When Conn betrays Darcy, she realizes that she can’t rely on anything—not herself, not the laws of nature, and certainly not him. Darcy decides to infiltrate the Shadow Society and uncover the Shades’ latest terrorist plot. What she finds out will change her world forever . . .

In this smart, compulsively readable novel, master storyteller Marie Rutkoski has crafted an utterly original world, characters you won’t soon forget, and a tale full of intrigue and suspense.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

I found myself drawn into this story straight away. Darcy was an intriguing and likeable character and so it was easy to engage with her tale. Conn is a typical 'bad boy' brooding love interest and I like the way their relationship develops as it has a sense of reality about it.

The plot moves at a good pace with plenty of action. I was always eager to turn the page and find out what would happen next. The world-building is good and I loved the premise of the story: original, fresh and interesting.

All up, this is a great YA fantasy tale with a great plot, charismatic characters and lots of excitement and suspense. I can highly recommend it to all fans of the genre.

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