Guess what? Booklist liked SHADOW RUN!
Strickland, AdriAnne (author) and Michael Miller (author).
Mar. 2017. 400p. Delacorte, hardcover, $17.99 (9780399552533); Delacorte, library edition, $20.99 (9780399552557); Delacorte, e-book, $17.99 (9780399552540). Grades 9-12.
REVIEW. First published February 17, 2017 (Booklist Online).
“Qole knows Nev has dubious reasons for joining her ragtag spaceship crew, but when it comes to fishing for Shadow—a valuable and incredibly dangerous substance—she’s a captain who doesn’t ask too many questions. At least, not for long: eventually, she discovers Nev is crown prince of a powerful family, and he’s intent on bringing Qole back home to study her almost inhuman ability to handle, even manipulate, Shadow. Though Qole is initially suspicious, Nev’s insistence on dignity, respect, and the “greater good” is convincing enough. But Nev’s not as knowledgeable about the world as he thinks he is, and Qole’s more fiercely capable than anyone imagines. Strickland and Miller’s well-executed sci-fi caper is full of intriguing commentary about wealth inequality and exploitation, and the ensemble cast is peopled with well-rounded characters, including a person whose gender-fluid identity is treated matter-of-factly. Though at times the story feels like a pastiche of classic sci-fi tropes, the cinematically choreographed fight scenes, compelling world building, and touch of romance will likely draw in many readers.” — Sarah Hunter
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