Imagine a world where your
fourteenth birthday is your last
In a brutal city of the future, human, life is in the hands of the evil Overlords who have decreed that no child live a day past his fourteenth birthday. On that Sad Birthday, the child is the object of an obscene harvest--his brains and muscles are used to construct machine-like creatures whose sole purpose is to kill.
Where only one thing can save them
The mysterious Shade--once a man, but now more like the machines he fights--recruits the few children lucky enough to escape. He gives them food, shelter, and the training they need to fight the Overlords. But Shade's sent many children out on missions--and fewer of them are coming back.
And where even your protector may not be trusted
By luck, cunning, and skill, four of Shade's children--Ella, Drum, Ninde, and Gold-Eye--have come closer than any to discovering the source of the Overlords' power--and the key to their downfall. But the closer the children get, the more ruthless Shade seems to become...
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In the brutal world of Shade's Children, your 14th birthday is your last. Malevolent Overlords rule the earth, directing hideous, humanoid creatures to harvest the brains and muscles of teens for use in engineering foul beasts to fight senseless wars. Young Gold-Eye escapes this horrific fate, fleeing the dormitories before his Sad Birthday. He is rescued from certain doom by other refugees who live in an abandoned submarine and work for Shade, a strange, computer-generated adult. Shade provides food and shelter in exchange for information that the children gather on dangerous forays into Overlord territory. But what does Shade really want? He is a sworn enemy of the Overlords, but his use of the children to gain knowledge and power seems uncaring and ruthless. Finally, Gold-Eye and his new friends set out to destroy the Overlords--with or without the enigmatic, dangerous Shade. Garth Nix, author of Sabriel, blends suspense, action, and high emotion in this excellent, fast-moving science-fiction story.From the Back Cover:
In the brutal world of the future, an unspeakable fate awaits the human children of the Dormitories when they turn fourteen. It is from this Sad Birthday that Shade's Children'Ella, Drum, Gold-Eye, and Ninde'have escaped. Hunted ceaselessly by savage mutant creatures, they join forces to form a resistance movement. Cunning, clairvoyance, and sheer desperate force of will help them. But ultimately their fate rests with the charismatic Shade, who calls himself their friend . . .
This complex, suspenseful, thoroughly absorbing tale of the future fulfills all the promise of Sabriel, Garth Nix's debut young adult novel.
Praise for Sabriel:
‘Rich, complex, involving, hard to put down, this first novel is excellent high fantasy.' 'Publishers Weekly
‘The action charges along at a gallop'a page turner for sure.' 'Starred Review/Booklist
01 Blue Spruce Award Masterlist (YA Cat.) and 00-01 Tayshas High School Reading List
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Descrizione libro HarperTeen, 1998. Mass Market Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0064471969
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Codice libro della libreria 97800644719611.0
Descrizione libro HarperTeen, 1998. Mass Market Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0064471969
Descrizione libro HarperTeen, 1998. Mass Market Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110064471969