Parents' Guide to

The Shadow Society

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Affecting alternate-world fantasy promotes tolerance.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Nothing New but a good summer read

My son had to read this, along with the rest of his 8th grade classmates for Summer break. It's a quick read. It is the same genre as Hunger Games, Matched and Divergent. His only complaint was the "lovey dovey" aspect (same as the other books). Nothing new for discussion but may be a good choice if you or your child are looking for a fun summer read, especially if you are familiar with Chicago.

Is It Any Good?

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THE SHADOW SOCIETY is a cleverly constructed alternate-world fantasy set in two versions of Chicago. Darcy Jones is an intriguing protagonist -- clearly traumatized by her abandonment but engaged in building a better life for herself with grit and good humor. Her interactions with her friends at school especially ring true. Unfortunately, Darcy's fascination with Conn McCrae, the mysterious boy who essentially ends up kidnapping her, feels forced. Readers may wonder why he's worth so much attention after Darcy discovers a whole other universe and a new set of powers for herself.

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