Summary

If you’re lucky, you live to fight another day.
In a futuristic urban wasteland, evil Overlords have decreed that no human shall live a day past their 14th birthday. On that Sad Birthday, the children of the Dorms are taken to the Meat Factory, where they will be made into creatures whose sole purpose is to kill.
The mysterious Shade - once a man but now more like the machines he fights - recruits the few teenagers who escape into a secret resistance force. With luck, cunning, and skill, four of Shade’s children come closer than the others to discovering the source of the Overlords’ power - and the key to their downfall. But the closer they get, the more ruthless Shade seems to become.
©1997 Garth Nix (P)2013 AudioGO
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Critic reviews

“This pitch-dark, postapocalyptic thriller will keep you reading and wild-eyed. Fast, brutal, and brilliant." (Scott Westerfeld,  New York Times best-selling author of  Uglies)
“The alternate world [Nix] creates is amply imagined and the twists and turns of the action-filled plot compelling.” ( Publishers Weekly)
“Fast-paced, exciting.... Straight narrative chapters alternate with files from Shade’s increasingly unbalanced memory, a device that works well in this context. A well-written and engaging book.” ( School Library Journal)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sumit G. on 11-06-13

Sci Fi, Young Adults, Dystopia, AI, the lot

Excellent pot boiler! Taut writing by Garth Nix and colourful characters mean that this book is a hit.

In a futuristic dystopian world, a reality altering event means all the adults are gone and kids brains are being farmed by the "Overlords" in a sick game. Our heroes go about trying to fight the overlords with the help of AI.

Overall, I was totally hooked and enjoyed it. My only minor problem was with the storyline vaguely being similar to movies from the 60s, but you hardly notice it. The characters get you hooked as you move from scene to scene. The scenes are interrupted by "audio" excerpts from the characters in different scenes - just to provide an interlude. It makes for a great effect as it is not so commonly used, even though its a well known method.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-06-18

Good One

I felt the story could have had more to follow. The narrator was a good choice but a little more effort on the characterization would have made it great.

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