Shade's Children Literary Qualities

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Nix uses multiple documents to construct the novel. Interspersed among chapters of straightforward narration are transcriptions of video and audio recordings and other documents. The latter include interviews with characters, training lessons, reports from other guerilla teams, overheard (i.e., bugged) conversations and comments, Shade's self-examination sessions, lists, and records of team activity. The effect of these documents is to call into question the accounts of the characters who are often only guessing or surmising circumstances or situations—or, in the case of Shade, deliberately deceiving the other characters.

The different typeface and related computer visuals of the interspersed documents contribute to the futuristic setting.

Nix is an accomplished storyteller. The plot of this novel is so action-packed and well paced that readers will have a hard time putting it down. The characters move from one adventure or crisis to another, always in danger. Yet the action...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
Shade's Children from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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