Title: Falls the Shadow
Author: Stefanie Gaither
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A dark, moody, creepy thriller, I loved this debut--a thriller, a murder mystery, and an ethics study all at once, Falls the Shadow was just wonderful--highly recommended!
This book was given to me by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
When Cate Benson was twelve, her big sister, Violet, died. And then, thanks to Huxley, a scientific unit that advocates cloning. With arrival of post-cloning Violet, Cate's life is back to normal--or so she thinks. Violet is soon accused of murdering a popular girl, and in so doing, she sets off a chain reaction of events: both sides of the cloning debate want to get their hands on the Benson sisters. Cate realizes that she must find answers.. Or she could be next on the hit list..
What I enjoyed:
-I loved the stark, moody prose, and the setting of Haven, stifling and frightening--I was feeling creeped out within ten pages of reading the book
-The stifling setting that Cate lives in, particularly her school and her home, where clones are commonplace
-Cate, the girl who so desperately loves her parents and especially her sister, who wants so bad for a happy home life, and ends up in the middle of a violent war involving ethics, religion, and doing the right thing--I really rooted for her as the novel went on and I really related to her
-Violet, at times creepy and at others loving--I really felt bad for her as the novel went on, because who can help being born a clone, after all?
-Jaxon, and his growing relationship with Catelyn, as well as his mother
-The twists and turns of the novel--I was on the edge of my seat as the novel continued to speed up--an amazing thriller!
-The ending--I can't wait for more from this debut author!
What could've been better:
-At times the pacing suffered through this book as the ethics situation mounted
Overall, I really enjoyed this thrilling, dark debut novel. Highly recommended for thriller fans! Next on deck: The Undelightened by Bentz Deyo!