Shade's Children by Garth Nix

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The Key to Survival
Rests in the Hands of
Shade's Children

In a futuristic urban wasteland, evil Overlords have decreed that no child shall live a day past his fourteenth birthday. On that Sad Birthday, the child is the object of an obscene harvest resulting in the construction of a machinelike creature whose sole purpose is to kill.

The mysterious Shade -- once a man, but now more like the machines he fights -- recruits the few children fortunate enough to escape. With luck, cunning, and skill, four of Shade's children come closer than any to discovering the source of the Overlords' power -- and the key to their downfall. But the closer the children get, the more ruthless Shade seems to become ...


About Garth Nix

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Garth Nix grew up in Canberra, Australia. Besides being a full-time writer, he has worked as a sales rep, publicist, editor, marketing communications consultant, literary agent, and part-time soldier. He is the acclaimed author of the internationally bestselling Abhorsen Chronicles: Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen, as well as the story collection Across the Wall and the novels Shade's Children and The Ragwitch.He currently lives in Sydney, a five-minute walk from Coogee Beach, with his wife, Anna, his sons, Thomas and Edward, and lots of books.
Published February 14, 2010 by HarperTeen. 355 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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This novel from Nix (Sabriel, 1995, not reviewed) combines plenty of comic-book action in a sci-fi setting to produce an exciting read.

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Publishers Weekly

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Plunge directly into a nightmare--a scrawny boy flees monstrous trackers in an urban wasteland. Gradually the reader learns that Earth has been taken over by the terrible Overlords, the laws of physic

Sep 01 1997 | Read Full Review of Shade's Children

Publishers Weekly

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As in the author's previous book, the alternate world he creates is amply imagined and the twists and turns of the action-filled plot compelling, though the flat banality of the Overlords' evil is disappointing, as is the sketchy characterization of the four major protagonists.

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ISFDB Bibliography SF Site Review: Across the Wall SF Site Review: Across the Wall SF Site Review: The Abhorsen Trilogy SF Site Review: The Ragwitch Garth Nix at HarperCollins "The Winger knelt and a smaller, man-sized figure in jet-black armour leaped easily off its back, str...

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Common Sense Media

Shade sends his children on dangerous missions, promising that they are fighting for a better day.

Sep 18 1998 | Read Full Review of Shade's Children

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