Shade's Children

  • by Garth Nix
  • Narrated by Charles Carroll
  • 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

If you’re lucky, you live to fight another day.
In a futuristic urban wasteland, evil Overlords have decreed that no human shall live a day past their 14th birthday. On that Sad Birthday, the children of the Dorms are taken to the Meat Factory, where they will be made into creatures whose sole purpose is to kill.
The mysterious Shade - once a man but now more like the machines he fights - recruits the few teenagers who escape into a secret resistance force. With luck, cunning, and skill, four of Shade’s children come closer than the others to discovering the source of the Overlords’ power - and the key to their downfall. But the closer they get, the more ruthless Shade seems to become.

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What the Critics Say

“This pitch-dark, postapocalyptic thriller will keep you reading and wild-eyed. Fast, brutal, and brilliant." (Scott Westerfeld, New York Times best-selling author of Uglies)
“The alternate world [Nix] creates is amply imagined and the twists and turns of the action-filled plot compelling.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Fast-paced, exciting.... Straight narrative chapters alternate with files from Shade’s increasingly unbalanced memory, a device that works well in this context. A well-written and engaging book.” (School Library Journal)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Sci Fi, Young Adults, Dystopia, AI, the lot

Excellent pot boiler! Taut writing by Garth Nix and colourful characters mean that this book is a hit.

In a futuristic dystopian world, a reality altering event means all the adults are gone and kids brains are being farmed by the "Overlords" in a sick game. Our heroes go about trying to fight the overlords with the help of AI.

Overall, I was totally hooked and enjoyed it. My only minor problem was with the storyline vaguely being similar to movies from the 60s, but you hardly notice it. The characters get you hooked as you move from scene to scene. The scenes are interrupted by "audio" excerpts from the characters in different scenes - just to provide an interlude. It makes for a great effect as it is not so commonly used, even though its a well known method.

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- Sumit G.

Wish the narrator was Australian

As the author is and the story isn't set in North America (dialogue clues). However, that said, the narrator is competent enough though he sounds as though he's reading to children. The story however, is fantastic and moving I highly recommend it. It's a unique dystopian vision of a world populated by children used as fodder for an invasive force bent on processing the children into creatures used as pawns in a literal battle to the death 'game'.
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- Evil_Asch

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-06-2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.