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When insane exile Corner and his army of mindless, whispering shadows invade Safe, a secret, underground community of freaks and disabled outcasts, Matthew, traumatized shapeshifter Ariel, and other misfits go to the dangerous place known as Above, where Matthew makes a shocking discovery about the histories entrusted to him.
Publisher: New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2012
Characteristics: 363 p. ; 22 cm
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780545296700 (hbk.)
0545296706 (hbk.)


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Jul 06, 2014

I liked it. It seemed like something Scott Westerfield would write with a little touch of The Knife of Never Letting Go. New fan here

Feb 15, 2014

This book is set up in a different way that i'm used to. It drags on a lot. I think the background stories were pointless. It told you about the characters "before", but didn't get back to the story for a long time. Overall this book was probably one of worst iv'e read this year.

Dec 02, 2013

Interesting setting, having 'safe' below the city of Toronto. The characters were interesting, especially the 'freaks' and the various powers they had. I liked how Matthew and his fellow survivors from safe have to find a way to survive above, as well as acquiring a new perspective to the people above, and ultimately create a new safe. I found this very difficult to finish, it just didn't hold my interest.

apunky Dec 02, 2013

This book was too long and very redundant and i never liked how it bought some pages (time) using stories of the characters' background stories because i just think this fragments are useless at the time they appear and they are often distracting the reader from the mainstream of the story also the language is very basic but at the same time the story is really hard to read for the first 150 pages because lirerally nothing happens. The part i liked the lesser was the end, with this bizarre story there should be a better ending, the writer wrapped up the endig too fast and too late. Read it if you want to but i won't recommend it.

Aug 21, 2013

The story was definitely interesting. I liked how each "freak" had their own unique and amazing qualities/powers. Matthew was a great main character. It was interesting to see how he reacted after what he knew all his life was taken away and when he got a different perspective on people who lived Above. I did find the book hard to read though.

Apr 25, 2013

I was captured by this novel instantly. A bunch of mutant freaks (but good people don't get me wrong) living under the streets of Toronto in a secret civilization to start, is just an awesome thought (as Toronto is like an unofficial home to me, so I know it well). The lead character Matthew, was likeable from the start. His character grew throughout the story as well. I really thought the other characters were well done also, Ariel the winged girl with her disturbing past, morphing into a bee at the sign of fear, always growing and shedding wings.
There is so much to this novel on human neglect, human hate, human love, human hopes etc.... It's A story of sorrow but A story of love as well.
Sure to please anyone in the YA dystopian fiction genre.

Dec 11, 2012

Though the title and cover of this book really excited me, I found it very hard to follow. At times the writing was very unclear and the story had little momentum to keep it going.

Jul 09, 2012

Probably one of the worst books I've read this year. The writing was horrible and I had to push myself just to read half of it. If you liked it, that's great, but it wasn't for me.

KileyP May 28, 2012

For fantasty lovers, here's a twist. Looking at the cover, I expected to start reading in a female's perspective...9 pages in - BAM! - it's a male's perspective. Ok, I can deal with that (although it really threw me for a loop).

This is a challenging read, as the style is tough and abstract - borderline stream of conscience (although thankfully there is punctuation). A debut Canadian author, set in Toronto's underground and "Above", this is a story of love and finding, with a fantastical element (including shape shifting and other strangeness).

Dimmu16 Apr 01, 2012

I found the story very interesting, but It was a little hard to read.

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