Author: Marie Rutkoski
First Published: October 16th 2012
Series: The Shadow Society #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Romance
Available As: Hardcover, paperback, ebook
My Copy: Physical copy
My Rating: 8.5/10
Another book with alternate universes! Yay! After reading A Thousand Pieces of You, I wanted to read more books with these alternate universes, but I haven't found that many yet. In this book, our world (called the Alter) split with the other world after the Great Chicago Fire. Both universes have their similarities and differences. What I really liked was the subtle changes, such as Jane Austen writing extra books, female presidents, the metro and other things. Their world seems more advanced than ours, though I don't think I'd enjoy living there too much. What's missing? Food. They have this weird water that contains all the necessary nutrients, so there's no need to eat physical food. Imagine life with no taste... ;( *crying*
Shades are creatures that exist in the alternate universe. From the beginning, we're told that Shades are evil creatures and that they all deserve to die. What I really hoped was that the Shades were actually harmless and good, and that it was the humans who were prejudiced towards them. Well, there were some hints of it, but most Shades turned out to be exactly who we thought they were. There were some good Shades, but not many. Sadly. The Shades were focused on harming humans, and not enough on trying to work with the humans.
I found Darcy pretty cool, but what I didn't really like was how she was so quick to judge her own species. Sure, she's heard all the stories, but shouldn't she at least wait to hear their side of the story before she judges? Not cool. Then she later goes on and yells at them, saying that they are monsters and deserve to die. NOT COOL. She stands on the side of humans since page one, and doesn't even give the Shades a chance. Okay, the Shades don't really need a chance since they are exactly how they seem, but still.
I shipped Conn and Darcy, beginning halfway through the book. I wasn't quite sure in the beginning, but I later began to. There was a small moment where I thought Orion might be the better choice, but I changed my mind on that quickly. Conn and Darcy's relationship is all over the place! There's unresolved tension, misunderstandings, and a whole lot of other stuff. It is painful to see them mad at each other, when you know it was all just a huge misunderstanding due to lack of communication. But they're still cute together :)
It says that this is the first book of a series, but it's been a long time since it's been written. I know some authors take breaks between books, but it's been 4 years! Plus, there doesn't seem to be any news on the second book, so I don't know. Fingers crossed that there's a next book!
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