A lyrical, apocalyptic debut novel about addiction, friendship, and the struggle for survival
It started with a single child, and quickly spread: you could get high by drinking your own shadow. At night, lights were destroyed so that addicts could sip shadow in the pure light of the moon. Gangs of shadow addicts chased down children on playgrounds, rounded up old ladies from retirement homes. Cities were destroyed and governments fell. And if your shadow was sipped entirely, you became one of them, had to find more shadow, at any cost, or go mad. 150 years later, what’s left of the world is divided between the highly regimented life of those inside dome-cities that are protected from natural light (and natural shadows), and those forced to the dangerous, hardscrabble life in the wilds outside. In rural Texas, Mira, her shadow-addicted friend Murk, and an ex-Domer named Bale, search for a possible mythological cure to the shadow sickness but they must do so, it is said, before the return of Halley’s Comet, which is only days away.
What a strange little novel…… This novel is definitely different. one that is very very hard to explain without either giving away too much or by making it seem so weird that one might deter from reading it. now don’t get me wrong, i thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I am still confused to some aspects within the novel and not to sound as though it is a bad thing it is the way it is left intended by the author. i believe it is meant to leave you questioning things. Whether it is by the darkness of the novel both figurative and and actually within), the chapter and writing style or by the whole aspect of the crime of forcible amputation. This novel is definitely different. I highly recommend this novel because of such. It was an enjoyable read. The plot kept me reading on and I “1 clicked” read it. I did not want to put this book down as there was just so much depth to it below the surface. This book will leave you reeling and questioning things. While the ending is tied up pretty good, I want more of this as a series, just to see where it goes. The characters are diverse and well written and each has their own voice. Again while the plot being a little effed up and differently written, it was well loved by me. 4 stars from this girl. While i was sent this book from SoHo Teen for review, all thoughts, and opinions are my own.