by Sharon Shinn

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As a Chinese adoptee in St. Louis, teenage Daiyu often feels out of place. When an elderly Asian jewelry seller at a street fair shows her a black jade ring--and tells her that "black jade" translates to "Daiyu"--she buys it as a talisman of her heritage. But it's more than that; it's magic. It takes Daiyu through a gateway into a version of St. Louis much like 19th-century China. Almost immediately she is recruited as a spy, which means hours of training in manners and niceties and sleight of hand. It also means stealing time to be with handsome Kalen, who is in on the plan. There's only one problem. Once her task is done, she must go back to St. Louis and leave him behind forever. . . .

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ISBN-13: 9781101148839
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/15/2009
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 426,896
File size: 465 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, The Shapechanger's Wife, was selected by  Locus as the best first fantasy novel of 1995. She has won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her life.

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Gateway 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
booksandwine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gateway by Sharon Shinn has a rather beautiful, colorful cover featuring two people hiding behind a red parasol. Frankly, that was the most striking thing about Gateway. It had all of the elements to be really awesome: parallel universes, cultural subversion, the fact that it's YA, and a romantical element. (Romantical is a word frequently used by Flava Flav). However, Gateway was one of those books which, well, I read it, and moved on to the next book without any sort of a second thought. As for plot, Gateway involves this girl, Daiyu who is an adopted Chinese-American. She goes to this street fair in Saint Louis, some creeper old lady entices her with a ring, Daiyu puts the ring on, goes under the arch and disappears into a parallel world, called iterations, where instead of whites being the dominant culture, the dominant culture is the Chinese. Of course, Daiyu meets some friends and foes. She gets into adventures. The back cover calls her a spy, but really, she's more of a tool, in that she's being used by others to achieve a goal.I do think the element of making the Chinese (or the Han) the dominant race was interesting. It was cool to see how much society changed. For example, Chinese New Year was huge in the iteration Daiyu was sent to. The whites were called Cangbai (I could be wrong on the spelling). The people lived in a caste system. However, there was also elements of other cultures, such as regency-era dancing within the culture.As far as a character, Daiyu was fine by me, except for she seemed rather stereotypical. I mean, she's awesome at school, she's well-mannered, responsible. She does a ton of things. She does show independent thinking from time to time, but a lot of time, I sort of wanted her to be more sassy and full of spunk. I'd like to read a book about a smart-mouth Asian girl. (This book did not fulfill that want.). Oh, and she also gets a crush/love on this boy, Kalen, really, unreasonably quickly. Kalen is this white guy who helped her out when she popped into the parallel world, go figure that she would get a crush on him. I didn't really find a whole lot to be special about him, although I suppose in life people go around falling in love with people who don't have anything special about them all of the time.Overall, this book was just average, sort of a filler book between heavier reads. It wasn't something which will keep me up at night thinking. I'd recommend it if you want a quick read with some interesting thoughts on time travel/societal structures.
TheLostEntwife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you haven't read Sharon Shinn's YA works, I recommend them. What I love most about Shinn is her books, while sometimes involving romance, never center around that romance. There's no predictable endings and the characters always face complex issues. While Gateway isn't as good as The Safe-Keeper's Secret was, it still has plenty of strength on its own.Daiyu is the adoptive daughter of a couple who was unable to have a child of their own. Adopted from China and brought over to the States when she was a baby, she knows very little of China and has never been to visit it. Now a teenager, she is a hard worker and looking to go to college soon - that is, until she stumbles across a "gateway" to another reality, a reality in which China discovered the United States.St. Louis is renamed, the landmarks we all know are gone, and the largest minority are Caucasians. But evil still exists - and it's against that evil that Daiyu has to figure out where she stands and what decisions she needs to make regarding her future.This was a very easy book to read, the story flowed well and Sharon Shinn's development was great, as always. It seemed a little stilted in parts, however, almost like she was writing for an audience younger than the subject matter would normally speak to - but overall I had a blast with Gateway and will be recommending it.
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A lovely, if not overly complex, novel about traveling through space (and time). Gateway follows the story of Daiyu (adopted from China) as she travels from one version of St. Louis to another. Once in the alternate world, she must embark on a mission -- without knowing if it's right, and that's one of the things that makes the novel so good. There are consequences to all of Daiyu's actions, some good and some bad. What I especially liked about the book was the ending. It's not a series, thus I wasn't sure how everything was going to be resolved, especially the love interesting, but Shinn did something few YA authors try and made it work absolutely perfectly. This was a beautiful, thoughtful, easy to read YA novel.
librarymeg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Daiyu, who was adopted from China when she was a baby, lives in St. Louis and is spending her summer as an intern at a headhunting firm. She spends her 4th of July beneath the St. Louis arch, and when a jewelry vendor shows her a ring of black jade, known in Chinese as "daiyu," she impulsively buys it. She soon after passes beneath the arch and is swept into a parallel universe where the ruling class is Chinese.Alone and confused, Daiyu is rescued by a white (cangbai) boy who seems to be expecting her. It turns out that she has been brought to this world by a pair of world-hopping angel figures who want to send the world's leader back to his own world, or iteration. Daiyu's humanity makes her mind difficult to read in this new world, which makes her an ideal candidate to act as spy and send the purportedly evil man home. But Daiyu is increasingly skeptical about his true nature, and increasingly unsure that she will be willing to leave Kalen, the cangbai boy she has grown to love.Sharon Shinn has written a very readable but fairly sophisticated world-hopping fantasy story, and while the characters are not always fully developed the story is intriguing enough to make the book worth reading. Daiyu faces a moral dilemma about whether or not she should send back this new world's charismatic leader, faces a few moments of intrigue and peril, and experiences a pleasant and heartwarming romance with Kalen. It is the romance, and the wrenching decision Daiyu faces between her home and her love, that many teenage girls will especially enjoy, but the suspense and new culture give the book a depth that makes it more than just another love story.
janemarieprice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another Shinn, set in St. Louis and an alternate version of it. I blew through this one on a plane and it was an entertaining young adult fantasy but not as strong as most of her work. The characters lacked the depth that I¿m used to with her work, but the plot moved along well and kept me reading.
foggidawn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Daiyu, who was adopted from China as a baby and who lives in St. Louis, walks under the Gateway Arch after a transaction with a mysterious old woman, and finds herself in an alternate version of the city -- a different version of the whole world, in fact. There, she meets two operatives who travel between the many different worlds, and who have drawn here there to help them apprehend a suave, crooked politician. She also meets a charming local boy to whom she immediately feels a strong connection. Daiyu must decide who to trust, how to act, and what she is willing to sacrifice for love.While not as good as some of Shinn's other writing (I like her Twelve Houses series best), this was a good read. I feel vaguely dissatisfied about the ending, but not enough that it ruined my appreciation for the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Waiting for the next. Fingers crossed
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tieyah More than 1 year ago
Typical Sharon - Love it as I do all her work... from her very young adult novellas and novels to her series fantasy.
Casey88 More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to reading this since the first time I read the summary. The idea of traveling through gates to another world was very intriguing, but after reading Gateway, I feel sort of disappointed. To me, I think the story had good potential but halfway through it went flat. Don't get me wrong, there were some good things about this novel too. I really enjoyed Shinn's writing style - the way she put her words together made the story flow nicely. The majority of the characters were well-developed and fun to read about. My favorite character was Kalen; he was a very outgoing, laid-back kind of person. I really enjoyed Daiyu's character too, and I loved how she did what she thought was right and not what other people said was. Not that this has much to do with the book, but I really like the cover. The main thing I didn't like about this book, was the fact that the story just fell flat, for me. Like I mentioned before, Shinn had a story with potential. I would have liked to see a little more action - there was some action but only in the last quarter of the book. Most of the book was a little too slow paced for me, and I kept hoping that something exciting was going to happen, but it didn't. Another thing was I thought Chenglei's mysteriousness was great, but once Daiyu started to figure things out, I would have liked to see more interaction between the two. It was like the conflict started and then turn the page and it was over. Overall, I did enjoy this book, despite some flaws. I do hope there will be a sequel because I felt that the book ended too soon, with some unanswered questions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gateway By: Sharon Shinn (Published by Viking copyright date 2009) Daiyu has always been a little different being adopted from China. But when she buys a black jade ring from a jewelry stand at a local fair her whole world turns upside down, that is when she walks through the Gateway Arch with the ring on. She is thrown in to a whole new world where everyone is Chinese. She doesn't know why or where she is she's here until a native tells here where she is and gives her mission that could save the world from mass destruction. But once her mission is finished she will have to return home but will she be able to return home from what she has known for so long? Find out in this thrilling novel Gateway that 9 through 12 would enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story. It's a relaxing read. good balance of mystery, romance and excitement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really sad to see Sharon Shinn use Chinese culture in this way. Yes, lets have more stories where all the villains are Chinese and it's set in an America taken over by the Chinese. Xenophobia anyone? What is Chinese these days; a term for generic bogey-men? On top of that, the heroine's Chinese-ness is only redeemed by her upbringing in a white family, her willingness to kill the Chinese minister, and her fawning after the white man. Thanks Sharon Shinn, I'm sure young adults don't have enough racial bigotry in their lives, you have to help reinforce it in their fiction as well. Could you maybe create a plot that's not focused through a racial lens? But even more upsetting is how this is nothing more than a poor watered down version of Eileen Chang's Lust, Caution. Not only are you racially insulting, but you have to steal from a Chinese writer's creative work to do it too. Way to rub salt in the wound.