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Concealed in the Shadows Paperback – December 15, 2012
"Arrowsmith truly embodies all the emotions we as humans feel and she brings to life her characters realistically and believably." -Exploring the Mind
"I really enjoyed seeing Gabrielle's version of a future America... I loved how she made some of the changes seem like they really could happen, because not only did it add world development, but it gave the book a chilling and scary aspect." -Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf
"I really love YA books that, though great for young people, are also interesting and well written enough for adults to read." -Roses & Butterflies
Arrowsmith takes the reader on a tumultuous emotional journey as she vividly describes the protagonist, Sydney’s emotional attachment to her only living and real loved one. Little does she know, when she thought her greatest hurdle of regaining custody over her little sister was overcome, that it would only be the beginning of her perils.
This novel highlights the effortless love of two brave sisters. In their quest to find out the truth about their mother, they become encapsulated in a whole new world they thought could have never existed.
Their happiness, if there was any, was short-lived by the traumas of living in a time when the authorities have too much control over everything.
By the end of the book, Sydney and her sister become your friends. You feel for them both and realize ultimately the power of love, and the sacrifices that some are willing to make to protect their loved ones.
Arrowsmith truly embodies all the emotions we as humans feel and she brings to life her characters realistically and believably.
At the end, like any good book, Arrowsmith leaves you wanting more! Truly an amazing read!
~ R. H. Ali of Exploring the Mind blog
From the Author
Let me begin by sending a world of thanks to my dedicated readers. Being a novelist is truly a dream--one I could not have achievedwithout your encouragement and feedback.
Writing Concealed in theShadows, my debut novel, was very fulfilling. Between the day the premise came to me and the day I finally typed the opening line, the plot andcharacters had developed so much to my liking that I simply had to bring this story to fruition.
Newcharacters, worlds, story lines, and twists introduce themselves to me daily. I foresee a life of storytelling, and I invite you to accompany me on the journey. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Concealed in the Shadows is a young adult dystopian story that begins in the year, 2033; the year that our main character, Sydney Harter, turns 18 and is legally able to petition the court for custody of her 14 year old sister, Evvie.
The future world that the author creates is controlled by technology and was established by a 2015 population bill that disunited the United States and split it into counties and sectors. The proposed purpose of this reformation is to save the world from destruction by controlling the population and how they interact with the environment and each other. Terrible restrictions and laws are put into place and very quickly the basic concept of humanity is lost.
The beginning of the story was a little slow for me. It is a lot of backstory for Sydney and the world she is living in and it didn't really grab me until chapter ten. Once I hit that point I was reading every chance I had to see what would happen next. I enjoyed that there were several surprise moments in the story; some big things happened that I didn't see coming at all. There were a few moments when my eyes became a little misty and there were several times that I had to stop reading and think about the consequences of the world that Gabrielle Arrowsmith had created.
By the end of the book I was fully vested in the lives of Sydney and Evvie Harter and the people they connected with throughout the story. I would have loved a happy ending for them but as with all first books in a series that story is yet to come. Yes, I'm an eternal optimist; I chose to believe that by the end of this series their story will end on a "and they lived happily ever after" note.
So, to summarize. I really liked Concealed in the Shadows and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. There is a lot of action, emotion, and mystery in this book, a tiny hint at a possible future romance. I found the overall message to be one of hope, sacrifice, and perseverance. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
*I downloaded this book when it was offered for free during a special promotion weekend.*
Gabrielle Arrowsmith's "Concealed in the Shadows" was amazing! My first thought, "The Hunger Games" with a science twist brought into the mix.
Sydney has waited years in order to gain custody of her sister. But a strange twist of events introduces her to a whole different world.
The first thought I had when I read this was here goes another Hunger Games. Don't get me wrong I love dystopian end of the world books, but I feel that authors are having a hard time making them unique. Arrowsmith was able to bring in real characters to a unique, and strikingly similar world to ours. When I first started reading this book I had a hard time getting into it. The author was able to captivate me, but the story didn't get going until 40-50% into the book. I think that more action needed to be introduced into the story. The history and the lives of the sisters was nice to have, but it could have been brought together in a smaller amount. I have to say I think the thing that captivated me the most in the story was how similar the world is to ours. Arrowsmith was able to use problems that we currently face and place it 20 years in the future when it can be deadly. She brought together a very realistic world with likable characters. Pick this one up and enjoy the world.
Here are some of my favorite quotes, and quotes that shocked me, from "Concealed in the Shadows":
-This is just one piece of the finely printed details of the 2015 bill to contain population growth.
-Believing that freedom of speech exists is a costly mistake.
-Bur then out president and the other people that help make laws decided that as people get older, they begin to cost too much money.
-The government had their hand in the death of my grandma by way of an appallingly agreed upon law that forces the elderly to be euthanized on a randomly drawn date suing their sixtieth year.
-Speech is only free through the costly risk of crossing the barrier to anywhere but here.
-The government can also remote abort certain pregnancies.
-Not one of them is tied to a tablet, zoned into a game, film, or music video. None of them are in the middle of a video chat, TabFile update, or online auction. They're simply with each other, happily talking. I have the utmost respect for them for understanding that being human is about being truly present with one another.
-Either way, I have two minutes until the end of my life begins.
The book begins with Sydney Harper trying to obtain guardianship of her sister, and the legal process (which serves as a decent introduction to rules in this world) is what really slows this down. After the trial, though, we find out some interesting details that really launch us into Sydney's story. By the end of the book, I'm really looking forward to enjoying the sequel.
I'd recommend this for fans of dystopian novels. I also recently read Ann Noser's Dead Girl Running (The New Order Book 1), which has some similar elements (running plays a part of this book too). People who enjoyed this book will likely enjoy hers, and vice versa.