Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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 . . .
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.
I fell in love with Marie Rutkoski when I read her books The Winner's Curse & The Winner's Crime so I went ahead and bought this book, luckily it's a standalone and it was awesome.
The story follows a girl named Darcy who has been in and out of foster homes since she was five. Darcy was found at age five with no memory of who she was or where she came from, so they gave her the name Darcy.
Darcy isn't a bad kid, but there have been instances that have caused her file with child services to be a thick as a brick and so she has gone from home to home as each family had a complaint about her.
Darcy doesn't understand why she is so different, why she can't remember anything. However in her new place of residence she finds; almost a home. She has friends at school and a foster mom who is pretty cool.
Then a new kid comes to school and the first moment she sees him, she knows he doesn't like her but for some reason she is intrigued by him and he then imposes himself in her life and she has no idea why.... until she is arrested.
Intrigued? you totally should be! I liked Darcy, she wasn't this horrible character with a bad mouth and bad reputation. Darcy loves art and her friends are amazing.
I loved the different personalities that were put in this book. Holy cow, and Marie Rutkoski does a fabulous job of keeping the unique and their voices separate. I so enjoyed her friends, they were just a great comic relief to the story.
The romance was great too, NO INSTA-LOVE which is a must for me, but it had its complications that kept me completely interested and invested in the characters and the story.
The overall idea of the story was GREAT and unique. With plenty of action and mystery that would keep any reader riveted.
Sexual Content: mild (some kissing)
Violence: moderate (talk of past mass killings-nothing graphic)