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As he is about to unleash a technological revolution that could threaten the world, a reclusive former child prodigy leads two teens and a young reporter on an odyssey that will explore the boundaries of reality, time, and what it means to be human.
Author KB Shaw creates a story from the not so distant future. This is a book aimed at young adults although not limited to them. It explores the leap into quantum computing. Cameron and Rosa are two 15 year old cyber geeks that apply to and are accepted into a new cyberschool. This story mixes the empathy for the characters of the Harry Potter stories and the politics of the X-Men. This series has a chance to make it big if it gets a chance.
The storyline is fast paced, a book hard to put down. It's clever, with mischievous interplay among the characters, fun, creative and intelligent, with scientific and historic details interspersed throughout. True to science fiction form it evokes the spirit of darkness as evil, the shadow, the phantom that slowly emerges. There's a touch of A Wrinkle in Time as this darkness grows and a sense of 2001: a Space Odyssey and the computer Hal, all with a bit of Dickens' ghost, the specter of Christmas past. A great read.
- Barb Cutler, St. Joseph School Library, Seattle, WA
Shaw has written a relevant and compelling story. In the tradition of Harry Potter and Ender Wiggin, we see a child prodigy. Only this time there is a twist. The prodigy is all grown up. Shaw brilliantly weaves technology, humor, and romance into a hip, age-blind novel. Unlike Harry Potter, most of Shaw's world is realistic and plausible. Children will be able to relate to Cameron and Rosa. As Cameron and Rosa learn not only life lessons but also history lessons so will the reader. Shaw has a winner here.
- Budd Black, Boston Science Fiction Book Club
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About the Author
He spent the first fifteen years of his adult life as a theater designer, director and playwright.
With the introduction of the Macintosh computer, Keith moved into web design and computer education. He created the interface and more than 600 educational programs for the EduNet Network, and hosted live educational broadcasts into K-12 classroom across the country.
Always interested in the reluctant male reader, Keith started the Spectrum Children's Book Club on the Internet which grew into iPulpFiction.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Rating: 3.5 I wasn't as impressed by this novel as I expected to be. I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review from myself as well as the other members of my books club. My friends were quite impressed by this author's work, so I suppose I was a little disappointed given my heightened expectations. I was expecting something heavy in the science fiction department and therefore futuristic and nothing like anything I've ever read before. Although it's true a lot of the things in this novel were new to me, just as many aspects were familiar. It's a good children's sci-fi novel. It simply didn't spark that little something tucked away in every reader's mind. I had to pick up and put down the book numerous times rather than do a solid read through, which usually impacts (in a bad way) my overall opinion of a book. Like I said, it's good. The science is solid and characters as developed as one might expect considering this is a children's book. Would I have liked to see a few differences particularly in the speed of the story? Sure. I would have liked it to have a faster pace. But that is merely my own opinion.
From the start of this novel I felt entranced. The text is alluring in ways very few can uphold for any duration of time. Novels that typically start out with this suspenseful, edge of your seat writing style typically lose it over the coarse of the novel. It's rare to find something that manages to hold your interest even after many of the curiosities are revealed. From The Shadows kept my interest the whole way through. I understand how the explanations of the technology could pose a threat to this style, but I found the explanations were brief and executed properly for a young Adult's novel. I didn't feel lost, overwhelmed, or disappointed by the technology stand point of this novel. In fact, I thought it was just right for the length of this story. It was an extra little bit here and there that added to the wonder of this author's original futuristic mystery. As for the rest if this story, it sparked my inner nerd. Cameron was my favorite character because he reminded me much of a friend I had myself as a child. This was exactly the kind of world I would fantasize about growing up, and I love it. From The Shadows makes me feel young and wondrous. It's largely due to this reason that I can't see how a young nerd wouldn't love this. I am recommending this novel to anyone over the age of 12 interested in high tech fiction.
I would have LOVED to find a book like this when I was younger! It's a heavy YA science fiction novel about a group of kids and the incredible developments in science! I must confess, when I read all of those awesome quotes from big time review companies, I thought... "Seriously"? But YES. SERIOUSLY. I could easily see this turned into a science fiction movie or at least one of those mandatory school book reads for young adults in either middle or high school. Aside from the heavy science fiction, you learn a great deal of life lessons in this, too. Particularly, this story revolved around the relationship of friends, since this is about a group of futuristic kids, although mainly a girl and a boy who live very far apart. Thanks to technology, it feels as though there is no distance between them, and I feel if this weren't fiction, the world would be much better off. We'd be in tune, cultured in ways we simply cannot be today, and not nearly as heart broken as we so often are. I felt this novel had a steady pace. It held my interest the whole way through. The fact that the author uses description so beautifully only helps the already engaging plot. I adored the writing style, especially since it is a little unique. I hope this book gains in popularity, because it deserves a chance to hit the spotlight!
Reviewed by Paul Johnson for Readers' Favorite From the Shadows by KB Shaw all starts with a portrait from the distant past which holds the key to the future. Four people at the most critical moment of their lives will face a dark and sinister force. A Norwegian technology company has developed an awe inspiring computer networking technology that has surpassed every predictable practice known or any believed to be possible. The GundTech Corporation, lead by a mysterious mastermind, has threatened the foundation of the computer industry. This new technology is designed to ultimately change modern society and revolutionize facets of everyday life, from communications to entertainment and education. Education and entertainment are two things that appeal to teenage computer nerds Cameron and Rosa, and start them on a journey of self discovery. This journey weaves an intricate tale of humor and suspense as the two teens, along with a network news reporter and the mysterious creator of this new technology, race toward their destiny. KB Shaw has crafted an appealing science fiction novel. The cast of characters is first rate, showing their individuality with humor and common sense. The plot was completely new for me. The story seemed to start a little slowly, but that quickly changed. As the author moved the story along, a reader couldn’t help but become more and more involved. Shaw has shown a great grasp of information technology and a way to keep it from being boring. I thoroughly enjoyed the escapades of the two young computer whiz-kids. This is a story that will appeal to the young adult crowd and to any lover of science fiction. Well done.
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite From the Shadows: The Complete Series is a collection by author KB Shaw, which includes two stories entitled Separate Paths and Convergence. This young adult science fiction series centers on fifteen-year-old Cameron and his friend Rosa as they embark on a journey to discover the boundaries of technological possibility, and perhaps even the meaning of life itself. Cameron Rush is an incredible tech prodigy entering GundTech IHT Academy, a prestigious cyber school where he can show off his geeky skills, and inevitably have his talents lead him towards trouble. Here begins a hi-tech adventure that extends far beyond the classroom, with thrills, romance, darkness and plenty of scientific adventures. KB Shaw has created an instant classic with all the desired ingredients for great young adult fiction. The advanced age of the characters allows for true darkness to enter the storyline at the appropriate intervals, and though there were romantic elements, there was mercifully nothing unsuitable for younger readers. The tale is exceedingly well written and split into easy chunks that even the most reluctant readers will cope with, with authentic teen dialogue and charming characters with plenty of flaws as well as their talents. From the Shadows: The Complete Series is a must-read for fans of Star Wars and Ender’s Game, adult and child alike, who will find plenty of detailed pseudo-scientific jargon in a not too distant future that could almost be real. Overall, I’d highly recommend this adventure-packed collection to anyone looking for their next literary obsession.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite From the Shadows: The Complete Series is a young adult science fiction series written by KB Shaw. It contains two volumes: Separate Paths and Convergence. Cameron Rush and Rosa Costas are best friends and fellow geeks, but they've never really seen each other. He lives in Wisconsin and she's a cowgirl on a ranch in New Mexico. They've gotten to know each other through GundTech's multiCom technology, which comes equipped with AI personalities. Cameron's AI is named Sam, and he's got the program ready as Cameron rushes into his bedroom after school. He and Rosa have been waiting all day to hear GundTech's news conference, and they've arranged to listen to the announcement together. GundTech's spokesperson presents the results of some revolutionary strides the company's made in the field of quantum computing, and, even better, they're announcing the formation of the IHT International Academy, which will offer free tuition and is accepting applications effective immediately. KB Shaw's young adult science fiction series, From the Shadows: The Complete Series, is filled with action, adventure and technology -- the perfect recipe for an enthralling and exciting read. Shaw's characters are well-defined and intriguing, especially the AI personalities who turned out to be quite a bit more individualized than I ever thought they could be. The Academy is a virtual one, and it makes for an interesting mix of home and regular school with the challenging and futuristic demands on the young tech wizard-trainees. Shaw has Easter eggs pop up in the plot and plants a few of his own in the storyline; including those found during a marvelous time travel adventure that Rosa designs to celebrate Cameron's birthday. Sometimes I could see a glimpse of Philip Pullman's classic fantasy series, His Dark Materials, in the AI companions each student has, as well as the more obvious ties to Rowling's magical rather than techie, Hogwarts, but From the Shadows is much more than a reflection of these influences. While the author may, purposely or inadvertently, cause readers to think of these authors when reading the book, the world presented in this story is in a class by itself, and its marvels would promise a fascinating future indeed. From the Shadows: The Complete Series is most highly recommended.