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Shade's Children

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On your 14th birthday, you're dead meat...


Chilling SF adventure from international bestselling author Garth Nix.


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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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 26mm | 330g
  • HarperCollins
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0007174985
  • 9780007174980
  • 173,360

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"Infused with all the qualities we've come to expect of Garth Nix's futuristic adventures... It's exciting stuff... [and] a worthy addition to the genre." Inis


"[Garth Nix is] the coolest read in the playground." Amanda Craig


"Garth Nix blends suspense, action, and high emotion in this excellent, fast-moving science-fiction story." Amazon.com


"The twists and turns of the action-filled plot are compelling." Publishers Weekly


"A dynamic page-turner. Fast-paced action and the intensity of the entire situation make for exciting reading." ALA Booklist


"Combines plenty of comic-book action in a sci-fi setting to produce an exciting read... An action-adventure with uncommon appeal outside the genre." Kirkus
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About Garth Nix

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

11,028 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 32% (3,492)
4 36% (3,933)
3 25% (2,758)
2 6% (697)
1 1% (148)
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