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Shadows Cast by Stars Hardcover – June 5, 2012
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Just my opinion.
Cassandra isn't the easiest character to identify with or connect to, but her voice in the story is not typical or boring. She is brave, smart, and protective of her family. She does not back down and is amazingly resourceful, a character to look up to. The other characters are interesting to get to know, they all have a reason for being in the story, the author limited the extraneous characters. Cassandra is by far the most focused upon character. Her connection to the spirit world and her understanding of the world around her will likely be interesting to the reader.
The plot is not the most unusual, but the twist concerning aboriginal blood is an interesting take on a dystopian world. The author plays out the fear and tension created by a blood-hungry world very well, the reader will likely feel chills up his/her spine when reading certain excerpts. Overall, this book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.
*Complimentary copy received for review, this in no way affects my opinion*
I really enjoyed the character of Cass. She was unsure and strong, bold and meek, the perfect mixture of a young woman teetering on the edge of adulthood. She was also confused a great deal of the time about her insights into the spiritual world, and I found, as a spiritual student, that I could definitely relate to her hesitations and her lack of confidence. When she began her studies with the medicine woman Madda, I wanted to cheer--but of course, this help was challenged as well, and Cass had to find her own way, both in the physical world and in the realms of Spirit. At time, this was challenging and frustrating as a reader. There were places in the story where I was unsure of what was happening and had to re-read passages to try to figure out plot points. In a lesser book or one that was poorly written, I wouldn't have bothered to keep going. Catherine Knutsson's engaging and lyrical writing style, however, kept me intrigued, and I had to finish to know what happened to Cass.
I look forward to more work by this author. I truly admire her storytelling style.
Quick & Dirty: This novel crosses boundaries of science fiction and fantasy to weave together a world of racism, plagues and myths that test the heroine in ways she never imagined.
Opening Sentence: We live the Old Way.
The UA's greatest concern is the Plague. With everyone crammed into Population Corridors and quarantine sections numbered off, they harvest the Others for their blood. The Island is the last resort of Cassandra's father, who's clung hard to their house, his wife's grave, and the life they have in the Corridor. But as blood becomes more scarce the government begins hunting half-bloods. They have no choice but to run or die. The Others are more than the government gives them credit for. Paul, her younger brother by four minutes, prophesizes the future -- though they can rarely discern the answer in time to change it, while Cassandra can see Others' shades. They reveal to her the state of someone's soul. Her father's, for example, hasn't been seen since her mother died.
The Mercredi's lived the Old Way, without the luxuries of the Corridor. Living on the Island isn't such a big change for them. Protected by the boundary, the island is closer to the spirit world than the Corridors. Cass's power is stronger here, different. She can feel the Island itself. Old land has a lot of secrets; ones that Cass might be finding out sooner than she expected. The mythology of the aboriginals and Arthurian legends begin to mix their way into her life as she finds friends in the community. And we all know the original myths aren't quite as nice as the Disney versions.
Things on the Island aren't as easy as they'd hoped.Read more ›
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A strong yet subtle mixture of fantasy, science fiction, and slice of life. Really takes off in the second half. Needs a sequel.Published 5 days ago by Mitspeiler
What... A let down. I was really excited for it, since it would be my first with a minority character, you know? Especially Native American. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Aslin
This book is wierd, depressing, and seems to end in the middle of a plot. It made no sense, and I regret buying it.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Shadows Cast by Stars is something totally different and great! It was a lot different than I expected it to be, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Angie
Shadows Cast by Stars was a brilliant young adult book. Knutsson’s writing was captivating; you could tell her original story came from her heart. Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by Mak
I loved the story very much. It spoke to my heart and how I feel about the earth and the horrible things we are doing to it.
The prose is beautiful and haunting. Read more
Shadows Cast By Stars is one of the most uniquely original novels I've had the pleasure of reading within the past year. Read morePublished on June 11, 2013 by Mia N. Searles
I loved this book it was a bittersweet story with a refreshing heroine . I loved the blending of mythology and a dystopian world.Published on May 12, 2013 by Devilbear
While I thought the writing in this book was good (trippy in a lot of places), I felt like there could have been a lot more work done with the whole plague storyline rather than... Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Evan the Dweezil