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The Shadow Society

Rutkoski, Marie (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Shadow Society
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Sixteen-year-old Darcy Jones knows little about her past except that she was abandoned outside a Chicago firehouse at age five, but when the mysterious Conn arrives at her high school she begins to discover things about her past that she is not sure she likes.
Authors: Rutkoski, Marie
Title: The shadow society
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 408 p. ; 22 cm
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Darcy Jones knows little about her past except that she was abandoned outside a Chicago firehouse at age five, but when the mysterious Conn arrives at her high school she begins to discover things about her past that she is not sure she likes.
ISBN: 0374349053
9780374349059
Branch Call Number: FICTION Rut
Statement of Responsibility: Marie Rutkoski
Subject Headings: Illinois Fiction Schools Fiction High schools Fiction Foster home care Fiction Identity Fiction
Genre/Form: Science fiction
Topical Term: Schools
High schools
Foster home care
Identity
LCCN: 2011033158
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Sixteen-year-old Darcy Jones knows little about her past except that she was abandoned outside a Chicago firehouse at age five, but when the mysterious Conn arrives at her high school she begins to discover things about her past that she is not sure she likes.


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Apr 24, 2014
  • CraigGraziano rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Darcy Jones has been bouncing from foster home to foster home around Chicago for most of her short life. She remembers nothing from her early childhood. She has finally managed to spend more than a year with a foster parent and finally has some friends at her high school.

Little does Darcy know that there is an alternate world just like this one as well as an alternate Chicago. But in that world, the Great Chicago Fire never happened. In that world, The Shadow Society remains a deadly threat.

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I really hope there will be a second book. With how things are left off, it can stand alone but it will always leave you questioning. Overall, it not half bad.

Sep 18, 2013
  • hanstra rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I liked this book a lot, especially how it started out as a normal high school story and quickly developed into a thrilling adventure in an alternate world. Action, romance, friendship and mystery, but managed to keep a sense of reality. Good characters and story, and my only complaint is the somewhat unsatisfying ending that leaves me doubting whether this is the end or there is to be a sequel. Overall, pretty great.

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I really liked this book, and I'm hoping there will be second.

Apr 17, 2013
  • izzyb14 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A good story. A satisfying(ish) ending so I'm not sure if there will be sequels or if this is a stand alone book. Anyhow, it was interesting enough, but did lack more connection with the characters, I think. They were likeable enough (though I though Darcy's pals were all annoying hipsters) and Conn was nice...there was just something lacking. Overall, a really cool concept with the shadows and alternate world.

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"The cityscapes are strange. When I look at them, I’m sure they’re some imginary city I’ve made up. Then I blink, and I’m convinced I’ve drawn parts of Chicago. Which is impossible. None of the images completely matches up with anyting I’ve seen." (page 41)

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