Darcy Jones doesn't remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse. She has never really belonged anywhere—but she couldn't have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn't happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population.
Memories begin to haunt Darcy when a new boy arrives at her high school, and he makes her feel both desire and desired in a way she hadn't thought possible. But Conn's interest in her is confusing. It doesn't line up with the way he first looked at her.
As if she were his enemy.
When Conn betrays Darcy, she realizes that she can't rely on anything—not herself, not the laws of nature, and certainly not him. Darcy decides to infiltrate the Shadow Society and uncover the Shades' latest terrorist plot. What she finds out will change her world forever . . .
In this smart, compulsively readable novel, master storyteller Marie Rutkoski has crafted an utterly original world, characters you won't soon forget, and a tale full of intrigue and suspense.
Rutkoski returns with a gripping and intelligent thriller, invoking the kind of space-time twists familiar to fans of her Kronos Chronicles. Sixteen-year-old Darcy Jones remembers nothing of her life before she was abandoned in front of a Chicago firehouse at age five. Since then, Darcy has lived in multiple foster homes, accumulating a thick behavioral file. Just as things are stabilizing for Darcy she's honing her talent for art and has a loyal group of outsider friends an intense new boy at her high school, Conn McCrea, fixates on her. Not just a love interest, Conn also presents a real threat as he reveals that Darcy is actually a Shade, an ethereal creature who can "ghost and manifest" (disappear and reappear). Conn takes Darcy from "the Alter" (her Chicago) to a parallel version of the city where Shades operate as terrorists and live in a Shadow Society. Filled with literary and artistic allusions (some of which diverge in the dual Chicagos), the action-packed narrative poses thorny ethical questions as Darcy wrestles with bigotry, identity, belonging, and love. Ages 12 up.
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BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ
I read this book a year and a half ago and it is still my favorite book to this day. I love the whole paranormal romance story line along with the mystery and illusion.
Eye opening attention grabber
Ok so books to you may just be a few words on a page but this one is written by an author who is a prodigy in making a heart stopping and colorful pieces of art. My eyes were literally so glued to the page there was no stopping me. In the world of writing sure Twilight and Divergent are popular and good reads but honestly you have not lived a life full of color until you have tried reading Rutkoski's amazing novel. Im not recommending this book but giving you a ticket on a train going directly to happiness.
Read it in an evening, couldn't put it down. Fascinating alternate world and history!