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a winning combination

  • Nov 11, 2012
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Darcy Jones doesn't remember anything before the day she was abandoned at a Chicago firehouse. She was five years old.

Since then, Darcy has been bounced from foster home to foster home--never quite fitting in, never quite putting down roots.

Things finally seem to be different on Darcy's first day back at Lakebrook High. Her second year at the same school, Darcy finally has friends and even a foster mother who seems keen to keep Darcy around; all simple reasons for Darcy to be happy.

Then a new boy arrives at the school and eyes Darcy as if she were an enemy, maybe even a threat. Conn McCrea is both fascinating and frightening as he insinuates himself into Darcy's life. As she gets to know Conn she also begins to discover strange truths about herself and a world that shouldn't exist--a world where the Great Chicago Fire never happened and creatures called Shades have created an organization called the Shadow Society intent on eliminating humans.

Darcy always wanted to be part of something, to belong somewhere. But she may have more than she bargained for with Conn and infiltrating the Shades in The Shadow Society (2012) by Marie Rutkoski.

The Shadow Society is Rutkoski's first young adult novel. She is also the author of the popular Kronos Chronicles series for younger readers.

Part fantasy, part alternate history The Shadow Society is an evocative novel that is as haunting as it is enchanting. Rutkoski masterfully brings not one but two versions of Chicago to life on the page with characters that are charmingly real and entertaining. While the story is grounded in Darcy's journey to find the truth about herself, the novel also is refreshingly grounded with strong friendships. (Conn and Darcy's complicated relationship doesn't hurt either.)

A well-realized world and completely delightful characters come together with a gripping, surprising plot to create a winning combination in The Shadow Society.

Possible Pairings: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken, Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley, Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough, For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund, The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot

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“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
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