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Shade's Children by Garth NixDescription: IMAGINE A WORLD WHERE YOUR FOURTEENTH BIRTHDAY IS YOUR LAST Series:
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WHERE ONLY ONE THING CAN SAVE YOU
AND WHERE EVEN YOUR PROTECTOR MAY NOT BE TRUSTED
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.
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 mission - and fewer of them are coming back.
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....