Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Release 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 wasn't sure how I'd feel about The Shadow Society since I felt like the whole "shade" concept was really confusing and hard to grasp for a small chunk of the beginning, but I ended up loving this book. What a breath of fresh air! I've been dying to read something completely original and interesting and this was it.
I'll admit that Darcy isn't my favorite protagonist ever. She lacked a certain charm that made it kind of difficult to love her and really connect with her. But I thought she carried the story very well and I was rarely annoyed or frustrated with her. In most cases, books where the protags "find" their powers are kind of iffy for me because they seem to drag and walk on a fine line of ridiculousness but Marie Rutkoski - in my opinion - handled the world of the Shades and Darcy's discoveries in the best way possible.
My feelings for Conn were all over the place while reading. In the beginning, I thought his character was kind of obnoxious and cliche. He fit the whole dark, brooding and mysterious YA badboy stereotype to a tee. Then I started to actually like him. And then I wanted to punch his fictional face in. It was pretty much a roller coaster ride but by the end of the book, I loved his character so much. Even though we don't get a glimpse into his head, I think he was the best developed character in the book and I think that's why the author was able to make me change my mind about him a whole bunch of times.
My only complaint would be the ending. The book seemed so dark and kick-ass and it all felt like it was leading up to this gigantic showdown but the entire thing seemed so anticlimactic. I was hoping for it to go out in a much bigger bang than that.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Shadow Society. It's original, thrilling, romantic and I could not put it down once. I devoured the whole book in three hours. I definitely recommend if you're in the mood for something fast-paced and new!
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