Vantaggi dell'abbonamento

Sintesi dell'editore

If you’re lucky, you live to fight another day.

In a futuristic urban wasteland, evil Overlords have decreed that no human shall live a day past their 14th birthday. On that Sad Birthday, the children of the Dorms are taken to the Meat Factory, where they will be made into creatures whose sole purpose is to kill.

The mysterious Shade - once a man but now more like the machines he fights - recruits the few teenagers who escape into a secret resistance force. With luck, cunning, and skill, four of Shade’s children come closer than the others to discovering the source of the Overlords’ power - and the key to their downfall. But the closer they get, the more ruthless Shade seems to become.

©1997 Garth Nix (P)2013 AudioGO

“This pitch-dark, postapocalyptic thriller will keep you reading and wild-eyed. Fast, brutal, and brilliant." (Scott Westerfeld,  New York Times best-selling author of  Uglies)
“The alternate world [Nix] creates is amply imagined and the twists and turns of the action-filled plot compelling.” ( Publishers Weekly)
“Fast-paced, exciting.... Straight narrative chapters alternate with files from Shade’s increasingly unbalanced memory, a device that works well in this context. A well-written and engaging book.” ( School Library Journal)

Cosa pensano gli ascoltatori di Shade's Children

Valutazione media degli utenti

Non ci sono recensioni disponibili
Ordina per:
Filtra per:
  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Jason McCrea
  • 17/09/2018

Hard to fully enjoy

The narrator of this book has a cadence to his reading that is distracting. I hung on just to find out what happened but I couldn’t really fully enjoy the story because of the distracting rhythm of his reading. The story was pretty good. But I’m coming from Tim Curry reading Sabriel and nothing beats that!

4 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Sumit G.
  • 11/06/2013

Sci Fi, Young Adults, Dystopia, AI, the lot

Excellent pot boiler! Taut writing by Garth Nix and colourful characters mean that this book is a hit.

In a futuristic dystopian world, a reality altering event means all the adults are gone and kids brains are being farmed by the "Overlords" in a sick game. Our heroes go about trying to fight the overlords with the help of AI.

Overall, I was totally hooked and enjoyed it. My only minor problem was with the storyline vaguely being similar to movies from the 60s, but you hardly notice it. The characters get you hooked as you move from scene to scene. The scenes are interrupted by "audio" excerpts from the characters in different scenes - just to provide an interlude. It makes for a great effect as it is not so commonly used, even though its a well known method.

2 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Megan
  • 27/05/2019

childhood favorite

I read this book at least 4 times when I was around 14. I loved it so much. I was so happy to see there was an audiobook version finally and I thoroughly enjoyed it yet again. I always thought this would make a great movie or limited mini series and I still do. Maybe one day they'll make it!

1 person found this helpful

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kyle
  • 29/03/2019

Timeless

The first time I read this book I was 11 and instantly it became a childhood favorite. At 22 I read the book again, thoroughly enjoying it. At 30 I’ve just finished the book for the 3rd time and if anything it’s gotten better with nostalgia value. Will certainly read a few more times in the future..

1 person found this helpful

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • cody
  • 10/09/2017

Blast from the past

One of the first books I read as a teenager. Garth Nix is still one of my favorite authors now I own the audio and a hard cover. people complain about Charles Carroll but I had no problems with his performance.

1 person found this helpful

  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    2 out of 5 stars
  • the black rabbit
  • 11/11/2020

...This does not feel like Nix...

I typically like how Garth Nix writes (based upon his Old Kingdom novels) but this one doesn't feel like his style. It has simplistic language, a very weak plot line, and extremely limited character development. Instead it feels like a secondary school students attempt to write a dystopian styled story in which he places himself as the model for Goldeneyes. Shade himself reads like a self absorbed Agent Smith, integrated into Bane (from Matrix Reloaded or Revolutions) who pimps out his underage female 'stock' in a sex lottery to control a horde of horny males in order to get them to bring him stuff he wants all while stroking his messiah complex to justify the murder of thousands of teens. Cross all of this with the "Banging Lanie" coming of age theme and stir in some wierd Nickelodeon coloured, 'Overlord' version of Risk and you have a fair idea of how everything is going to bake up. I really did not enjoy the read and although it is touted as a young adult novel I think that is a questionable decision.

  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Cindy Ridges
  • 19/10/2020

Maybe children will still enjoy the read?

One disappointment in my childhood that still stands today is how the Seventh Tower series ended. It was sloppy, in a word. Almost like it was carelessly written only for a paycheck. Shade's Children reminds me of that. On one hand, maybe I'm viewing it from adult eyes and should just let the age group it was meant for enjoy it. But on the other, why underestimate children? The redundancy in diction and badly written details are what stand out. But the story was still good enough.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 02/06/2018

Good One

I felt the story could have had more to follow. The narrator was a good choice but a little more effort on the characterization would have made it great.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • OTTER
  • 20/04/2017

First book

This was the first book I ever read. Was happy to hear it in Audible

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 17/09/2016

Amazing book.

Garth Nix has always captivated me through his dark worlds. I recommend the abhorsen series as well.

1 person found this helpful