by Joe Shine
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Release date: December 2, 2014
Publisher: Soho Teen
Genre: Thriller, YA
Paperback: 304 pages
This debut thriller combines a pulse-pounding thriller (like False Memory or Starters) with a new adult coming-of-age story set at Texas A&M University.
When Ren Sharpe was fourteen, she was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called FATE and trained to be a human weapon.
Now, four years later, she receives her assignment: protect Gareth Young at all costs. Currently a student at Texas A&M, Gareth will someday change the world. FATE calls people like Gareth “FIPs”—future important people—and they’re everywhere, each with a FATE-trained shadow.
But when disaster strikes, Ren will have to turn on her maker. Together with Junie, a fellow abductee and the one person she trusts, Ren takes Gareth on the run.
Because whatever else happens, failure is not an option.
I found this to be an exciting action thriller with main character, Ren, that was a sort-of assassin and sort-of body guard.
This first book in the series is an introduction of Ren and the making of a kick-ass heroine. Ren has a bit of snarky-ness which makes some of her scenes amusing sure to make you chuckle.
Being a young adult, Ren struggles with handling both work and young romance. Her love interests have desirable personalities that match her in different ways which makes for major conflict of her heart. At this point, I can't tell who her best match would be.
Many of the fight scenes were vivid and would lend well to a movie version.
Fun summer read!
Joe Shine grew up in Austin, TX (the greatest city ever), and is a graduate of Texas A&M University.
He has an MFA from the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California, and after brief stints in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, Joe returned home to Austin (repeat: the greatest city ever).
Joe has a normal human job like most everyone else but hopes to become a full-time writer one day, and this is where you, the reader, must do him a really big solid and love I Become Shadow, his first novel.
* added this to my Bookish Bingo challenge
* review copy courtesy of book tour sponsored by SOHO Teen.