I Become Shadow
by Joe Shine
Published on June 10th, 2014
by SOHO Teen
Genres: Action & Adventure, Young Adult
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Ren Sharpe was abducted at fourteen and chosen by the mysterious F.A.T.E. Center to become a Shadow: the fearless and unstoppable guardian of a future leader. Everything she held dear—her family, her home, her former life—is gone forever.
Ren survives four years of training, torture, and misery, in large part thanks to Junie, a fellow F.A.T.E. abductee who started out as lost and confused as she did. She wouldn’t admit it was possible to find love in a prison beyond imagining, but what she feels for Junie may just be the closest thing to it.
At eighteen they part ways when Ren receives her assignment: find and protect college science student Gareth Young, or die trying. Life following a college nerd is uneventful, until an attack on Gareth forces Ren to track down the only person she can trust. When she and Junie discover that the F.A.T.E. itself might be behind the attacks, even certain knowledge of the future may not be enough to save their kidnappers from the killing machines they created.
I Become Shadow was an awesome book!
The characters are extremely well developed, I felt like they could be read people. Ren is our protagonist and was an outcast in her group. She is badass and amazing at what she does, even to a point that she liked what she did, especially throwing knifes. Before she was in the Program, she was thought of as ‘plain’, but as she grew she became pretty to everyone but herself.
Junie is very bold, he portraits a lot of confidence, all the time. He knows who he is and how to get the job done. Junie and Ren are in love, but any relationship between them is forbidden by the Program.
Gareth becomes Ren’s FIP (future important person). He is a college geek, very smart with photographic memory that loves to play games. He will create something really BIG in the future that can potentially eliminate hunger.
The plot is unique. There is a way for the Program (F.A.T.E) to know what will happen in the future and thus they create a way to protect important people, without them knowing about it. The writing is very good, I couldn’t stop reading through the night and I finished the book in no time at all.
I Become Shadow was an amazing book. I do hope it becomes a series because I want to keep reading about these characters. I will check out Shine’s next book for sure.