ALA Notable Children's Book
Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice Award
ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults
From renowned fantasy author of the Old Kingdom series, Garth Nix, comes a dystopian fantasy perfect for fans of Hunger Games and Divergent.
Imagine a world where your fourteenth birthday is your last and where even your protector may not be trusted….
In a futuristic urban wasteland, evil Overlords have decreed that no human shall live a day past their fourteenth birthday. On that Sad Birthday, the children of the Dorms are taken to the Meat Factory, where they will be made into creatures whose sole purpose is to kill.
The mysterious Shade-once a man, but now more like the machines he fights-recruits the few teenagers who escape into a secret resistance force. With luck, cunning, and skill, four of Shade's children come closer than any to discovering the source of the Overlords' power-and the key to their downfall. But the closer they get, the more ruthless Shade seems to become.
A razor blade gave me freedom from the Dorms. A small rectangle of steel, incredibly sharp on two sides. It came wrapped in paper, with the words NOT FOR USE BY CHILDREN printed on the side. I was ele...
Garth Nix is the bestselling author of the Old Kingdom series, the Seventh Tower series, the Keys to the Kingdom series, and more. His books have been translated into more than forty languages. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his…
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