Shade's Children

By: Garth Nix
Narrated by: Charles Carroll
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (134 ratings)

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Publisher's 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

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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Hard to fully enjoy

The narrator of this book has a cadence to his reading that is distracting. I hung on just to find out what happened but I couldn’t really fully enjoy the story because of the distracting rhythm of his reading. The story was pretty good. But I’m coming from Tim Curry reading Sabriel and nothing beats that!

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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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childhood favorite

I read this book at least 4 times when I was around 14. I loved it so much. I was so happy to see there was an audiobook version finally and I thoroughly enjoyed it yet again. I always thought this would make a great movie or limited mini series and I still do. Maybe one day they'll make it!

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Timeless

The first time I read this book I was 11 and instantly it became a childhood favorite. At 22 I read the book again, thoroughly enjoying it. At 30 I’ve just finished the book for the 3rd time and if anything it’s gotten better with nostalgia value. Will certainly read a few more times in the future..

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Blast from the past

One of the first books I read as a teenager. Garth Nix is still one of my favorite authors now I own the audio and a hard cover. people complain about Charles Carroll but I had no problems with his performance.

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Maybe children will still enjoy the read?

One disappointment in my childhood that still stands today is how the Seventh Tower series ended. It was sloppy, in a word. Almost like it was carelessly written only for a paycheck. Shade's Children reminds me of that. On one hand, maybe I'm viewing it from adult eyes and should just let the age group it was meant for enjoy it. But on the other, why underestimate children? The redundancy in diction and badly written details are what stand out. But the story was still good enough.

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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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First book

This was the first book I ever read. Was happy to hear it in Audible

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Amazing book.

Garth Nix has always captivated me through his dark worlds. I recommend the abhorsen series as well.

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Wish the narrator was Australian

As the author is and the story isn't set in North America (dialogue clues). However, that said, the narrator is competent enough though he sounds as though he's reading to children. The story however, is fantastic and moving I highly recommend it. It's a unique dystopian vision of a world populated by children used as fodder for an invasive force bent on processing the children into creatures used as pawns in a literal battle to the death 'game'.

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