Author: Marie Rutkoski
Edition Read: Hardcover
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 bother 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...
In this smart, compulsively readable novel, master storyteller Marie Rutkoski has crafted an utterly original world, characters you won't soon forget, and a tale full of intrigue and suspense.
MY OVERVIEW: A creative inter-dimensional, abnormal human story. I really enjoyed how different this book was from everything else I have read. And I also liked that just when you thought you knew what was happening... nope... you don't.
PROS: I really enjoyed Darcy. She had a rough life, but it made her a better person. She wasn't a whiney teenager who blames the world for her situation. She is a very well written strong heroine. I'm not normally a huge fan of the very strong heroine, cause they normally aren't written very believable. They tend to be over-done. But Darcy was done perfectly!
CONS: Orion was very annoying. His character seemed like it kept bouncing between over-protective and controlling. He just didn't feel as nailed down as the rest of the characters in the book.
I am hoping that questions were left unanswered because there is going to be another book. But there was one hint of something more between Orion and Conn, and I just wish that it was either explained fully (if there isn't going to be another book) or a little more information given for better "cliff-hanger" if another book is in the works.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I actually really hope it becomes a series, as it would be very interesting to find out more about what is going to happen between the IBI and Shadow Society.