Ignite the Shadows

Ignite the Shadows
Age Range
13+
Release Date
April 23, 2015
ISBN
978-0008120498
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Sixteen-year-old Marci Guerrero is one of the best teen hackers in Seattle. However, she’d give up all her talents to know she isn’t crazy. Marci feels possessed by shadowy spectres that take control of her body and make her do crazy things. While spying on the clandestine group known as IgNiTe, she is confronted by their mysterious leader, James McCray. His presence stirs the spectres inside her brain into a maddening frenzy. Her symptoms and ability to control them don’t go unnoticed by James, who soon recruits her. As IgNiTe reveals its secrets, Marci starts to realise that half the world’s population is infected with sentient parasites, which are attacking and eventually supplanting the human brain. Now Marci wishes she was crazy, because this truth is far worse . . .

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This YA Urban Fantasy takes on a Hackers meets Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers feel as readers follow a kickbutt heroine into the battlefield of her own mind.

Marci Guerrero always has her guard up, but not for any of the usual reasons. Marci has been running from shadows her whole life, convinced there is something wrong with her. Then she’s brought into a secret organization that shows her there may be something very right about her brain. She has the ability to resist the parasitic entities that have been insidiously taking over human civilization. But how long she’ll be able to maintain control, and how much she may be able to help this underground movement, are both critical elements with no clear answer.

Marci sits on the high end of the anger and aggressiveness scale, but the reasons for her prickly disposition steadily come to light as the story progresses. Seymour holds the reader’s interest with vivid imagery and an unflagging grasp on pacing. There’s a hint of romance involved, but the plot is definitely the focus.

I had a bit of trouble forming an attachment to Xave, and there wasn’t much room for background on most of the IgNiTe members we’re introduced to. But there was clearly a lot of setup going on for future books in the series. Hopefully with that will also bring some eventual closure to the (view spoiler) subplot as well. ;)

I generally think this book will appeal to fans of Scott Westerfeld’s Midnighters series, and anyone with a taste for light speculative fiction.
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