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ISBN13: 9780064471961
ISBN10: 0064471969
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Imagine a world where your

fourteenth birthday is your last

In a brutal city of the future, human, life is in the hands of the evil Overlords who have decreed that no child live a day past his fourteenth birthday. On that Sad Birthday, the child is the object of an obscene harvest--his brains and muscles are used to construct machine-like creatures whose sole purpose is to kill.

Where only one thing can save them

The mysterious Shade--once a man, but now more like the machines he fights--recruits the few children lucky enough to escape. He gives them food, shelter, and the training they need to fight the Overlords. But Shade's sent many children out on missions--and fewer of them are coming back.

And where even your protector may not be trusted

By luck, cunning, and skill, four of Shade's children--Ella, Drum, Ninde, and Gold-Eye--have 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...In the brutal world of the future, an unspeakable fate awaits the human children of the Dormitories when they turn fourteen. It is from this Sad Birthday that Shade's Children'Ella, Drum, Gold-Eye, and Ninde'have escaped. Hunted ceaselessly by savage mutant creatures, they join forces to form a resistance movement. Cunning, clairvoyance, and sheer desperate force of will help them. But ultimately their fate rests with the charismatic Shade, who calls himself their friend . . .

This complex, suspenseful, thoroughly absorbing tale of the future fulfills all the promise of Sabriel, Garth Nix's debut young adult novel.

Praise for Sabriel:

?Rich, complex, involving, hard to put down, this first novel is excellent high fantasy.' 'Publishers Weekly

?The action charges along at a gallop'a page turner for sure.' 'Starred Review/Booklist

01 Blue Spruce Award Masterlist (YA Cat.) and 00-01 Tayshas High School Reading List

Synopsis:

In a brutal city of the future, the evil Overlords have decreed that no child may live a day past his 14th birthday. The children's only hope is the mysterious Shade--who recruits and houses the few children lucky enough to escape. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults, 1998.

Synopsis:

The Key to Survival
Rests in the Hands of
Shade's Children

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 ...

About the Author

Garth Nix was born in 1963 and grew up in Canberra, Australia. After taking his degree inprofessional writing from the University of Canberra, he slowly sank into the morass of publishing industry, steadily devolving from sales rep through publicist, until in 1991 he became a senior editor witha major multinational publisher. After a period in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia in 1993, he left publishing to work as a marketing communications consultant. In 1999, he waas lured back to the publishing world to become a part-time literary agent. He now lives in Sydney, five-minute walk from Coogee Beach, with his wife, Anna, and lots of books.

Garth is also the author of Sabriel and Shade's Children.

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Shoshana, September 20, 2008 (view all comments by Shoshana)
Shade's Children isn't a stellar example of what Nix can do, though it is sufficiently entertaining to carry itself. Compared to his other stand-alone novels, the concept is less-well thought through and rendered. The premise is promising: Aliens have made everyone over 14 disappear and now keep children corralled in dormitories until their "Sad Birthday," when they're taken away for parts. Most runaways are caught, but a few survive, including a group lead by Shade, a computer intelligence. As is always the case, Nix creates his environment well, dropping succulent hints and unusual details. The plot, however, has more holes and inexplicable events than is typical for this author. The wrap-up seems abrupt and would have benefited by 20-30 more pages focused on Shade before and during the climactic events. Read this one for the worldbuilding, not the story.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780064471961
Author:
Nix, Garth
Publisher:
HarperTeen
Author:
by Garth Nix
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Science Fiction
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Eos ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback AUTHORhad shaped his life. As he takes a look back at his experiences with the skateboarding legends of the '70s, '80s, and '90s, including Stacy Peralta, Eddie Elguera, Lance Mountain, Mark Gonzalez, Bob Burnquist, and Colin Mckay, he tell
Series Volume:
108-125
Publication Date:
20030902
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
6.88x4.20x.95 in. .37 lbs.
Age Level:
12-17

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Product details 352 pages Eos - English 9780064471961 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In a brutal city of the future, the evil Overlords have decreed that no child may live a day past his 14th birthday. The children's only hope is the mysterious Shade--who recruits and houses the few children lucky enough to escape. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults, 1998.

"Synopsis" by ,
The Key to Survival
Rests in the Hands of
Shade's Children

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 ...

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