Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski

The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski

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.

My Review:
This book was very good! Throughout the whole book I was anticipating the next thing that was going to happen. 

I loved the creation of the alternate world that Marie Rutkoski had created. It was very realistic and you can see the parallelism between the actual Chicago and the other dimension. Marie Rutkoski also explains the origin of how the two world were split and why it happened extremely well. No information was left out in the explanation of background info. 

The main character, Darcy, seemed like a simple, plain girl. But that's far from the truth. She doesn't remember anything before she was abandoned by her parents. Darcy even knew that deep down, she was different than everyone else in some way, but she couldn't tell what. I really loved Darcy's character because she gave value to the meaning of friendship and second chances. Throughout the entire book, Darcy just goes through a lot of betrayal, lies, pain, and loneliness  But through it all, she stay's strong and pushes through to get what she wants. 

The love interest, Conn, and the romance are a major part in the story. Darcy and Conn's connection to each other is so true and real that it's not painstakingly hard to read. Their feeling for each other develop throughout the book, even if they're not always with each other. Even though they go through some major rough patches, they eventually get through it because they know that they can't deny what they feel. 

The few minor problems that I had had with this book was that some parts were a bit slow. A lot of the foreshadowing was also very prominent and that didn't leave much for the twists in the story that came later on. Many of them were predictable, making them not very shocking to me. 

Overall, Marie Rutkoski created a beautifully written story about friendship, love, and finding you're true meaning. The Shadow Society had a very unique plot and it was an amazing read!

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