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THE SHADOW SOCIETY
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Containing a fantastic plot, realistic characters and two vivid but fundamentally different worlds, Rutkoski’s novel is ultimately about family — what it is and who defines it. You’ll stay up late reading, and you can’t skip to the end to know what happens: There is too much you would miss.
Darcy Jones has bounced from foster home to foster home since she was 5, and she can’t remember anything before that. She never stayed in one place for more than a year, until now. The first day of school, she has friends to greet her. Friends — and the dark stare of Conn, the new kid. A school project brings them together, but as they’re working, Conn chains her. Darcy breaks free, and then screams as her hands, feet and hair erupt in flames. As she flees, Darcy initiates a quest that will reveal Conn’s alliance with a parallel world and her own heritage — the world she left behind as a child. (FSG, Oct., 416 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780374349059, HC, 12 & Up)
Reviewed By: Katherine Abbott
Published: October 2012