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Jeff VanderMeerThe novel burns brightest in the sections with Nicholas, in which Palwick provides a penetrating character study. Additional pleasures include the author's ability to imagine an everyday life surrounded by artificial intelligences, as well as some spot-on social commentary. In this near-future society, altruism is treated as a disease, and the mentally disturbed are often summarily "brainwiped" by a human-made virus. But in a rare failure of nerve, Palwick provides an ending too compactly happy for what went before. Despite this, readers will appreciate her genius for characterization and ability to make new technology seem commonplace. Most of Shelter is a deeply satisfying, sometimes harrowing read.
—The Washington Post