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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781442401914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442401914
  • ASIN: 1442401915
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 5.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #962,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Knutsson's narrative is ambitious, twining together Pacific Northwest mythology, standard post-apocalyptic tropes and a coming-of-age story inflected with romance. Readers of Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian will recognize the harsh realities portrayed, albeit within the science-fictional framework. Knutsson’s language is often atmospherically beautiful.... an absorbing read populated by characters hardly ever found in teen novels."--Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Catherine Knuttson lives on Vancouver Island, on which the fictional Island of her novel is based. She divides her time among teaching, singing, and writing. Like her narrator, she is a member of the Metis nation. Shadows Cast by Stars is her debut novel.

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Catherine Knutsson lives on beautiful Vancouver Island, where she writes, runs, and wanders the wild. Like Cassandra, the main character in SHADOWS CAST BY STARS, Catherine is Métis.

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There is nothing I can say about Shadows Cast by Stars to explain just how amazing it really is.
Jaime Lynn
Despite this, Shadows is one of the most fascinating dystopian books out there, with beautiful, lyrical writing, and characters that you come to care about.
Mia N. Searles
There's a lot of great world building as Cassandra learns more and more about Spirit (the place and the element).
Angie

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lange on December 7, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Beautifully written book, BUT...

I really waffled between giving this book 3 stars, if only for the writing and the creativity of trying to give the world yet another dystopian tale. (Talk about a flooded market!) But a good book must have a cohesive plot. There are just too many chapters where I have no idea what is going on, or why? The author used Native American customs, woven with fantasy,stretching and bending our Native culture, but never explained it, doing a great disservice to Indigenous people of our land and her readers.

The story starts off interesting enough, then when Cassandra lands on the island and starts her career as a medicine woman, among other things, it unravels quickly. About half-way through, until the strange ending, that was no ending, the book is a complicated mess. Plain fact, it made no sense why she went in the forest and wandered around, which not only stalled the plot, it completely lost it--the urgency, the purpose. Even the enemy changed.

The sex scene was a particular letdown. Not that I'm against sex in teen books if it is done intelligently, and with due respect for young readers. At that point I was very disappointed in the main character, who is difficult to like to begin with, mainly because of her dour attitude and monotone dialog. Through the whole book Cassandra wants to be a strong woman and not end up like her mother, or the other women of the `Band', being tied to a man and burdened with the hardships of having children, yet here she is having unprotected sex with a boy she hasn't known very long at all. There is no great decision, no debate over whether she should or should not, then afterwards, the sex act is not discussed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chels on August 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
How far would you go to escape the dreaded Plague? Would you take the blood of an innocent? In this dystopic world, the only survivors or hopeful survivors are the ones who are immune or who have the ability to access that immunity. Aboriginal blood is found to offer hope against the Plague and is highly valued. Cassandra, the main character, might feel that she is safe against the Plague, but she has to worry about the government and people hunting her down to harvest her precious blood...not necessarily a common worry for a teenager. The more Cassandra's family is threatened the more they desperately search for a way to protect themselves. When they come across the Island, they think they may have hope, but is the Island as safe as it seems?

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*
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Vew on August 9, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I never ever like to say anything negative about a book. So this review is not meant to be negative. The supernatural and mythology in this book was different and interesting but I felt like I needed more explanation. The words were beautiful but confusing at times. I needed this character to question things that were happening around her.
Just my opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Vanden Eynden on June 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This beautifully-written novel is hard to describe. The story moves at a slow, deliberate pace, much like the thoughtful and sacred world in which we find our protagonist, Cassandra, a young woman who can see into the spirit realms. Cass is Metis, of Native ancestry, which gains her access to a world that penetrates the dystopian society in which she lives. Her Native blood also keeps her immune from a Plague that has ravished society, and the majority of the people who are not immune soon drive Cass and her family to run to the Island, a Native refuge guarded by the Band and separated by a mysterious energy field that seems to be a doorway into a place where people and Spirit co-exist--but not altogether harmoniously. It is here that Cass learns more about herself and her gifts and confronts the Powers that try to use her for their own means.

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.
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