The Shadow Society

The Shadow Society

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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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 139.7 x 205.74 x 40.64mm | 476.27g
  • Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0374349053
  • 9780374349059
  • 615,146

About Marie Rutkoski

Marie Rutkoski is the author of "The Kronos Chronicles," including "The Cabinet of Wonders," "The Celestial Globe," and "The Jewel of the Kalderash." She is a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children's literature, and creative writing. She lives in New York City.show more

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Praise for The Shadow Society "A sexy, mysterious, and above all, surprising romance between a wonderfully fierce heroine and the last person on earth she should ever love. I devoured this book in one day . . . desperate to finish it, but just as desperate for it never to end." --Robin Wasserman, author of "The Book of Blood and Shadow""" "A gripping and intelligent thriller . . . Filled with literary and artistic allusions, the action-packed narrative poses thorny ethical questions as Darcy wrestles with bigotry, identity, belonging, and love." --Starred review, "Publishers Weekly""" "The author builds an engaging world, similar to the real Chicago but different enough to tantalize and keep interest high. Entertaining and provocative." --"Kirkus Reviews" "Containing a fantastic plot, realistic characters and two vivid but fundamentally different worlds, Rutkoski's novel is ultimately about family -- what it is and who defines it. You'll stay up late reading, and you can't skip to the end to know what happens: There is too much you would miss." --"RT Book Reviews" "Just when they thought there was nothing original left in the paranormal romance genre, readers meet Darcy Jones. The fantasy is neatly tied up with the science fiction and an impossible romance, making this an excellent choice for readers of multiple genres." - "School Library Journal" "An interesting premise." -- "VOYA""" "Fans of supernatural romances will be pleased to find one that is both appropriately steamy and well written. " -- "BCCB"show more

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3,620 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 29% (1,062)
4 38% (1,359)
3 25% (913)
2 6% (216)
1 2% (70)

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I began the Shadow Society with some hesitation having seen bloggers, whose opinions I've really grown to appreciate, hadn't been very happy with it. I was aware of the clichéd "new guy at school that girl can't stop obsessing over", but I felt that was something that wouldn't bother me, I'd be fine with that. Maybe low expectations paid off again, but this book was really for me. I was completely engrossed in it. Darcy was abandoned outside a fire station when she was just five years old and has no recollections of her life before then. She has went from foster home to foster home her whole life, and is only now, settled enough with her foster mother to still going to the same school for the second year in a row. She notices Conn on the first morning back to school, hard not to when there's a complete stranger staring at you like they hate you. Over the next few days, he starts trying to get to know her, and volunteers to be her partner for a science project. But his actions contradict the look in his eyes and he cringes at her touch. But as he seems to be warming up to her more, she realises that she's starting to like him too. And she kisses him. Suddenly, he's slapped handcuffs on her and all hell breaks loose. Darcy's life is torn apart again as she discovers that she's not human, she's a shade, and she's from an alter world. Darcy has always had a difficult life in the foster care system and there's always seemed to be something a little off about her. But things get so much worse for her when she's arrested by Conn, who's a member of the IIB and taken to the alter world where everyone hates her and looks at her with disgust, and they just want to lock her up for the rest of her life. Darcy is a strong willed character. It's tough and must be really scary, she has no one. Yet, she fights back against both systems that seem to just want to take her freedom away, the humans of the IIB and her own kind, the shades of the Shadow Society. She doesn't care about their war, she doesn't want to be on either side, she just wants to do what's right. And while Conn does appear to be the bad guy, I liked him from the start. He's young, but tough, and excellent at his job. He listens to his gut and goes with what he believes in. Darcy's friends are wonderful. Jims, Lily and Raphael, they're not present for most of the book but enough for me to get to like them and see how good they are. And while it was a tad on the unbelievable side, I still enjoyed the part they play in the ending of this book and the impact they have. Overall, I was mostly happy with the world building, I would have liked some more information on exactly how the alter world was created. The split in worlds was caused by the Great Chicago Fire, but how, and why? And the people who live in the alter, how do they come to be there, are they people from the original world? The people in the alter world are aware of the original world, but not vice versa. This lack of knowledge didn't impact on my enjoyment of the story but it did leave me extremely curious. The Shadow Society is a stand alone book, something I haven't read for quite a while. I'm happy about that in one way, no long wait for a sequel, but still slightly sad, as it would have been nice to have some more time with Conn and Darcy.show more
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