Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 416 pages
Publication Date: October 16, 2012
Darcy Jones doesn’t remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse. She has never really belonged anywhere—but she couldn’t have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn’t happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population.
Memories begin to haunt Darcy when a new boy arrives at her high school, and he makes her feel both desire and desired in a way she hadn’t thought possible. But Conn’s interest in her is confusing. It doesn’t line up with the way he first looked at her.
As if she were his enemy.
When Conn betrays Darcy, she realizes that she can’t rely on anything—not herself, not the laws of nature, and certainly not him. Darcy decides to infiltrate the Shadow Society and uncover the Shades’ latest terrorist plot. What she finds out will change her world forever.
I loved this book, it was smart, original, and creative. I love the concept of parallel worlds and this one was so well done. The Shades were fascinating, how they live, why they're considered evil. Also enjoyed the differences between our Chicago and the other Chicago.
Darcy is a strong heroine (she's grown up in the foster care system) whose world is turned inside out and upside down when she finds out the truth about her past. Although the relationship between Darcy and Conn starts off a bit familiar (in an annoying way) it soon changes and I found myself really rooting for them and hoping things would work out. For some reason, the romance in this book really got to me. In a good way. Conn's back story explains so many things and all of his previous behavior makes sense and you realize how tough this is for him. Both Darcy and Conn are just trying to do the right thing. And no love triangle! (Some reviews have complained about the love triangle, but there really isn't one).
The book is well paced, the plot is interesting, and Darcy's friends are funny and quirky. I wish they had been in the book a bit more. The final action scenes felt somewhat rushed and too easy and some things happened that were rather implausible (and way too convenient), but I still enjoyed the book and definitely recommend it. And if all of these series are driving you crazy, know that this is a stand-alone.
Posted by: Pam