If you're lucky, you live to fight another day.
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. . . .
In a savage postnuclear world, four young fugitives attempt to overthrow the bloodthirsty rule of the Overlords with the help of Shade, their mysterious mentor.
About the Author
Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia. A full-time writer since 2001, he has worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Garth's books include the award-winning fantasy novels Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen, and the science-fiction adventure A Confusion of Princes. His fantasy novels for younger readers include The Ragwitch, the six books of The Seventh Tower sequence, The Keys to the Kingdom series, and Troubletwisters, co-written with Sean Williams. More than five million copies of his books have been sold around the world; his books have appeared on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, the Guardian, and the Australian; and his work has been translated into thirty-nine languages. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and two children.
"An exciting read."--Kirkus Reviews "A slick, dark, engrossing novel. Grim, unusual, and fascinating."--Horn Book Magazine "Fast-paced, exciting, well-written, and engaging."--School Library Journal "The alternate world he [Nix] creates is amply imagined and the twists and turns of the action-filled plot compelling."--Publishers Weekly "This pitch-dark, post-apocalyptic thriller will keep you reading and wild-eyed. Fast, brutal and brilliant."--Scott Westerfeld, author of Uglies A slick, dark, engrossing novel. Grim, unusual, and fascinating. --Horn Book Magazine" An exciting read. --Kirkus Reviews" Fast-paced, exciting, well-written, and engaging. --School Library Journal" The alternate world he [Nix] creates is amply imagined and the twists and turns of the action-filled plot compelling. --Publishers Weekly" This pitch-dark, post-apocalyptic thriller will keep you reading and wild-eyed. Fast, brutal and brilliant. --Scott Westerfeld, author of Uglies"