Shade’s Children by Garth Nix – Dystopian Books Review

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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of Young Adult Science Fiction Novel Shade’s Children

Garth Nix’s Shade’s Children is a young adult science fiction novel. The story revolves around a kid physically affected by seasonal and radiation changes.

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Author:  Garth Nix

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Pages: 310

Good reads rating:  3.90 of 5

My Ratings: 7.7 of 10

Published: September 1997

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

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Review and Summary of Young Adult Science Fiction Novel Shade’s Children

***Warning Spoilers Below This Point***

Goldeye, a boy, is fifteen years old and is born in the time of Change. He struggles with physical influences, for example, radiation changes. His nickname is Goldeye because of his bright golden eyes. Even his pupils have gold colour eyes. One of the most amazing talents of Goldeye is that he can see in the future. His capability allowed him to escape the trackers and the Myrmidons.

Goldeye is under the trap of Myrmidon, who prepares to kill him with the aim to harvest his organs. Strangers save him, who form part of a group named Shade’s Children. Goldeye accompanies these children to a submarine which is their hideout. He joins the team and takes part in his first mission with Ella, Ninde and Drum. Every member of the team carries change abilities somewhat in correspondence with their personalities.

They plan to retrieve the equipment and data from Shade’s abandoned laboratory. One device measures Change radiations. Leamington calls the police on the detection of intruders while Ella’s team remains.

The Shade’s Children retrieve the data from recovered equipment and find out some interesting facts. They send Ella’s team on a more dangerous mission to steal the change projector from Fort Robertson. He forms part of the Overlord stronghold named Red Diamond. The team enters the fort, they discover an unexpected presence of creatures and failed their mission. Myrmidons possibly killed Drum and they escape without him.

In return a lethal amount of change, radiation exposure kills Ella and Drum. The changes allow Ninde to read the minds of newly freed children. Gold Eye sees a distant future in which he and Ninde become parents to two children named Ella and Drum.

Final Say on The Young Adult Science Fiction Novel Shade’s Children

The novel receives a rating of 7.7 out of 10 because of its exceptional storyline. I would highly recommend this novel to science fiction lovers. Would I re-read this novel? No. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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