Shadows

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Tomorrow has come. And now, in 24th-century London, the CPS, a secret government agency, is on a mission to seek and destroy the Hex-human mutants with supercomputer minds. Raven is next on their list. Soon she will be in their hands....

Raven and her brother Wraith have rescued their sister Revenge. Now the CPS and the tyrannical, repressive European Federation have declared all-out war. But as Raven battles her captors, who will lead the Hex? It is up to Wraith to forge a ...

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Overview

Tomorrow has come. And now, in 24th-century London, the CPS, a secret government agency, is on a mission to seek and destroy the Hex-human mutants with supercomputer minds. Raven is next on their list. Soon she will be in their hands....

Raven and her brother Wraith have rescued their sister Revenge. Now the CPS and the tyrannical, repressive European Federation have declared all-out war. But as Raven battles her captors, who will lead the Hex? It is up to Wraith to forge a union between the Hex and the rebel group Anglecynn. But can newcomer Ali lead the fragile alliance into a battle beyond her wildest dreams and rescue Raven before it is too late?

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School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This is the second installment in a trilogy about a band of mutant teenagers in 24th-century London. Though the premise sounds like a B movie, this fast-paced novel is more engaging than one might expect, and should appeal to fans of the genre. "Hexes" are outcasts who possess a particular gene that gives them extraordinary mental and technological powers that even they don't fully understand. The European Federation views the race as terrorists, and has vowed to destroy them, so Hexes have rarely lived beyond childhood. Only a small band of renegades, led by the powerful and mysterious Raven, has managed to evade government capture. Here, Raven and her clan join forces with a powerful antigovernment group to battle the CPS, a secret government agency leading the extermination effort. Raven is temporarily captured, but the ending makes it clear that she emerges stronger than ever. Lassiter shows considerable skill in drawing readers into her world of tomorrow, while still creating characters that will be recognizable to today's kids. Raven is about as strong a female protagonist as there is, but within the Hex clique, there are the same insecurities, jealousies, and peer pressures that kids experience in their own lives. Though second in a series, this installment reads fairly independently. The only drawback is that the book contains a handful of careless grammatical and typographical errors, but none so serious that they will detract from readers' enjoyment.-Ronni Krasnow, New York Public Library Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442431034
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Series: Hex Series , #2
  • Pages: 272
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Rhiannon Lassiter is an author of science fiction, fantasy, contemporary, magical realism, psychological horror, and thrill novels for teenagers. Her favorite authors include Ursula K. Le Guin, Margaret Mahy, and Octavia E. Butler. Her own novels explore themes of identity, change, and becoming. Rhiannon lives and works in Oxford, United Kingdom. Her ambition is to be the first writer-in-residence on the Moon. Find out more at rhiannonlassiter.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2010

    I can see why you don't here anything about this book anymore

    Shadows, and the entire Hex series for that matter, are an example of the horrible things that get put on the market due to the sheer volume of the literary world. In all fairness, I can see why someone may have chosen to publish it; a tech-centric actiony plot centered around a cast of teens and young adults sounds like just the sort of thing to lure a new generation of readers with. In reality though, the series is poorly executed, with a story-line centered around characters that lack true flaws and are unrelatable, all wrapped up in a premise that's potential is never fully reached.

    A good deal of my dislike for it may simply be an example of the problem with writing good science fiction; that technology inevitably moves away from your vision of the future, leaving one's work laughably dated in a very short time. In less than a decade Lassiter's imagined dystopia and the technology that goes with it seem impractical and unlikely.

    Leaving that aside however, the problem remains of her characters, which force me to recall the role-playing games I'd participate in online as a teenager. In those sessions, most characters were little more than idealized versions of whoever controlled them, constantly attempting to one-up each other in an attempt to earn status as a main character. Actual interactions and relationships between the characters only served the purpose of putting themselves in center stage, rather than to establish them as flawed and human (or God forbid move the plot along). I am reminded of this because the entire time I was reading these books I got the nagging impression that Miss Lassiter had taken one such role-playing session, added a semblance of plot to it, and promoted her own character from the session to a godlike status by downplaying everyone else's usefulness and giving them all a heavy injection of worshipful admiration for her own abilities. It came as no surprise to me then to learn that Miss Lassiter had still been in her teens when she started writing the series.

    In Short: The Hex series may have been a semi-decent way to pass the time for a teen-aged bibliophile back when it was new, but now that time has past it's flaws are terribly apparent, and this is one title that is best remained forgotten.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2002

    GREAT

    I read the first one just for something to do. A paragraph is enough to tell you that these are spectacular books!

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