The Shadow Society

The Shadow Society

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374349059
0374349053
Branch Call Number: FICTION Rut
Characteristics: 408 pages ; 22 cm

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Darcy remembers little about her childhood, but feels strongly drawn to a dangerous yet handsome stranger who might hold the keys to her past.

"Knowing what I know now, I'd say my foster mother had her reasons for throwing a kitchen knife at me."

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CRRL_CraigGraziano Jul 16, 2015

Offers action and romance in a science fiction package, while also asking us serious questions about our identity. Do others determine who we are, or do we find the answer within?

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/shadow_society_rutkoski

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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supernatural_1
Apr 24, 2016

One of the best books I have read in a long time. I wish I would have found it sooner!!!

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angellemarcs
Aug 11, 2015

What if you couldn't remember the first five years of your life? Couldn't remember your parents? What if you knew for some reason you didn’t belong? Never really fit in with the world around you? Darcy Jones does.

The Shadow Society is a deep mystery about finding one's self in the midst of something you can't control. Darcy is a conflicted teenager that has learned to disappear among her friends instead of stand out, at least until she meets Conn. 

I must admit the first few chapters had me wondering where this book would head. Its plot as well as characters fill you with a state of intrigue, wanting to devour it quickly before the story 'ghosts' away. Brilliant writing with great use of art and classic literature to add depth. Well worth a read.

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jul 16, 2015

Offers action and romance in a science fiction package, while also asking us serious questions about our identity. Do others determine who we are, or do we find the answer within?

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/shadow_society_rutkoski

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white_owl_239
Feb 03, 2015

One of my personal favorites, definitely five stars.

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CraigGraziano
Apr 24, 2014

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.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/shadow_society_rutkoski

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PEJones100
Sep 26, 2013

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.

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hanstra
Sep 18, 2013

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.

ChristchurchLib Aug 06, 2013

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Rylee Kloek
May 15, 2013

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

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izzyb14
Apr 17, 2013

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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mauve_ant_91
Apr 21, 2017

mauve_ant_91 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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thisgrrlreads Nov 19, 2013

"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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