Shadows Cast by Stars by Catherine Knutsson

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Old ways are pitted against new horrors in this compellingly crafted, “atmospherically beautiful” (Kirkus Reviews) dystopian tale about a girl who is both healer and seer.

Two hundred years from now, blood has become the most valuable commodity on the planet—especially the blood of aboriginal peoples, for it contains antibodies that protect them from the Plague ravaging the rest of the world.

Sixteen-year-old Cassandra Mercredi might be immune to the Plague, but that doesn’t mean she’s safe—government forces are searching for those of aboriginal heritage to harvest their blood. When a search threatens Cassandra and her family, they flee to the Island: a mysterious and idyllic territory protected by the Band, a group of guerilla warriors—and by an enigmatic energy barrier that keeps outsiders out and the spirit world in. And though the village healer has taken her under her wing, and the tribal leader’s son into his heart, the creatures of the spirit world are angry, and they have chosen Cassandra to be their voice and instrument...

Incorporating the traditions of the First Peoples as well as the more familiar stories of Greek mythology and Arthurian legend, Shadows Cast by Stars is a haunting, beautifully written story that breathes new life into ancient customs.

About Catherine Knutsson

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Catherine Knuttson lives on Vancouver Island, on which the fictional Island of her novel is based. She divides her time among teaching, singing, and writing. Like her narrator, she is a member of the Metis nation. Shadows Cast by Stars is her debut novel.
Published June 5, 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 466 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A post-apocalyptic debut breathes new life into a quickly flagging genre with its setting among the First Nations peoples of the Pacific Northwest.

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Publishers Weekly

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Aboriginal mythology and mysticism play a large role in Knutsson’s dystopian debut, as she draws on her own heritage for inspiration.

May 07 2012 | Read Full Review of Shadows Cast by Stars

Cassandra can heal wounds, see the invisible animal shades that accompany her people (similar to the dæmons of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy) and travel into the spirit world.

Jun 05 2012 | Read Full Review of Shadows Cast by Stars

Verve Girl

I guess the description was wrong since most of the book is about Cassandra trying to learn her new powers, and helping her twin brother.There was a lot of everyday tasks that Cass had to do to survive and I didn’t think it added too much to the story, so those parts can be edited down.

Jul 24 2012 | Read Full Review of Shadows Cast by Stars

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