Shade's Children, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


On your 14th birthday, you're dead meat... Chilling SF adventure from international bestselling author Garth Nix. 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...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9780007174980

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Garth Nix has gained a reputation as a reliable author of fantasy for teenagers -- for example, the Abhorsen trilogy. Now, Shade's Children is set in a world where a mysterious event instantly wiped out every person on Earth older than 14, leaving all the children under the despotic control of the enigmatic Overlords, who may or may not be cruel aliens. The aforementioned event also unlocked useful powers in some of the children's minds -- powers used by those who have escaped the Overlords to live a precarious life outside the net while trying to learn more about their fate. Nix has crafted an interesting plot, though the target market ensures that some of the darker themes are never fully developed. As an adult novel, it could have been a mind-bending Lord of the Flies.

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