Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski

The Shadow Society
Good Reads Summary
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 Thoughts
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Shadow Society started off really well, with her saying a knife’s been thrown at her, with her describing this hot mysterious boy… and with her regretting meeting him all the same. Then it was less and less interesting mainly because (a) I’ve read a version of parts of this already, and (b) portions went unexplained. 

To my first issue I begin with the buddies. I mean sure they’re an odd ball group of people. While not popular, it’s is in fact their oddness that keeps them from becoming the ones unpopular. I think that’s the best that can be said for them, well that and the loyalty.  I think Jim is the most remarkable sci fi madness and a random comment had pegs him the most odd, then Lily the artist and then Ramon, I mean Raphael, the best friend actor. And Darcy, what a generic name for such a non generic girl; she’s what glues all of them together… but when things start happening, the rest disappear from the picture for a large chunk of the story.

So with just Darcy in focus, we see her meet this boy who’s mystery draws her (doesn’t it always?) we also see her realize a secret or two, but a lot of what she learns she learns in a too convenient way, which brings me to issue #2. How conveniently all their plans work out! How easily she meets so and so just as predicted… things line up too easily in this one, that I juts wasn’t buying it. Hell, even the romance fell into place happening precisely as other romances before it have.

Basically? Good idea… interesting start but things went same old same old soon thereafter.


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