Release Date: October 16, 2012
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Darcy Jones doesn’t remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse. She has never really belonged anywhere—but she couldn’t have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn’t happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population.
Memories begin to haunt Darcy when a new boy arrives at her high school, and he makes her feel both desire and desired in a way she hadn’t thought possible. But Conn’s interest in her is confusing. It doesn’t line up with the way he first looked at her.
As if she were his enemy.
When Conn betrays Darcy, she realizes that she can’t rely on anything—not herself, not the laws of nature, and certainly not him. Darcy decides to infiltrate the Shadow Society and uncover the Shades’ latest terrorist plot. What she finds out will change her world forever …
In this smart, compulsively readable novel, master storyteller Marie Rutkoski has crafted an utterly original world, characters you won’t soon forget, and a tale full of intrigue and suspense.
The Shadow Society is the first YA book that I’ve read by Marie Rutkoski since I read her middle grade book, The Cabinet of Wonders way back when I was in elementary school and loved it. After reading the first sentence of The Shadow Society I was hooked. I loved learning about the Shades abilities to “ghost” and to disappear to just a shadow. I also really liked how there was an alternate Chicago, with a different history! (The part about the Jane Austen lost manuscript was so cool!)
Darcy was such a determined and strong heroine, while remaining relatable in that she’s trying to find out who she really is. The reader joins Darcy on her journey to discover what happened in her past, and finds out right along with her. As for Conn, well, let’s just say I loved him from the very beginning all throughout the book, even after his betrayal! He’s dark and mysterious, and kind of a dangerous bad boy. I loved seeing his character develop throughout the book. The romance between Darcy and Conn was really sweet, and I liked how it was incorporated into the bigger story.
One of my favorite parts about this book was that the Society and the IBI both harbored some evil within them. It made it easier to understand why Darcy was confused about which side she should take, and in the end, I liked how the conflict was somewhat resolved.
The story was left somewhat opened ended, so maybe a sequel…?! Either way I am very excited to read more by Marie Rutkoski, like her newest YA book which is the first in a new trilogy, The Winner’s Curse!