Saturday, December 26, 2015
I Become Shadow by Joe Shine
I listened to the audio version of this book, which was well done. The story is well told, but the details were not fleshed out which made the whole concept rather shaky. Ren is kidnapped at age 14 and put into a training program at the super secret FATE facility which kidnaps 14 year olds who they know are going to die soon based on google-like photos that had been taken of the future that showed gravestones of the teens who had died at age 14. The teens are told they would have died anyway so they can take part in the program or be killed. One problem with that scenario is the fact that FATE fakes the deaths of these kids and then they have gravestones so how do we know the kids would have really died or if the gravestones shown were a result of the FATE kidnapping and faked deaths? Then the kids are trained to be killers who can feel no pain so that they can protect FIPs - Future Important People who have also been identified and they are somehow "linked" to the FIP mentally/physically so that they feel like they must protect that person. Ren's FIP happens to be a guy her age so she goes to college with him. There is a sort of love triangle for those readers who like them - I personally despise love triangles - because Ren has these "link" caused feelings for Gareth, her FIP, and she likes Junie, a guy she went through FATE with. The book is fast paced and ends in a cliff-hanger.