Downsiders

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Downsiders
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Release Date
June 01, 1999
ISBN
0689839693
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Talon lives Downside, that is, underneath New York City. There is a strict code of secrecy among the Downsiders. However, when Talon accidentally meets a young woman named Lindsay, who is a Topsider (from above the ground), the two worlds inevitably collide. They become friends and love blossoms. The punishment for Talon's lack of discretion could be death. What will happen to them? Will the entire Downsider community be discovered?

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Awesome :D
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Reader reviewed by Alexandria

The Downsiders is officially my favorite book I've ever read!! It is definetely a good mix of romance, mystery, and excitement!!! Thank you so much Mr. Neal Shusterman for writing this awesome book!! Please make it into a series!! It was really amazing!!! 5 stars to the Downsiders!!!

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A great book for anyone who is interested in alternate societies
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Reader reviewed by Brenda

Lindsay lives in New York City having recently moved there to live with her father, and her evil adopted brother Todd. Neither one pays much attention to Lindsay. Talon lives below New York City in concealed abandoned tunnels and buildings that have fallen below. Lindsay and Talon meet accidentally and they get to know about each others worlds, but they have good reasons to keep each others worlds secret. Lindsay gets to know the secret of how the Downsiders came to be and what it means for the future of their world.

This book moves right along, there are some holes in the plot, but nothing too obvious. Neil Shusterman has built a fascinating society underground, with rules and customs and the reasons they came about. A great book for anyone who is interested in alternate societies and how they can be created.
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Reader reviewed by Kenzee

This is a very boring, and bland book. The whole plot of this story is yet original,it is also very blah. I got bored quickly and hated every minute of reading this book. This book is NOT suggested for readers who can not be patiant, like me. I hate having to wait for an event to happen. Nothing exciting happens from Chapters
2 and 3. If you are easily pleased with books, and patient when it comes to main events, read it, if not, kick it to the curb.
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No downside to this book!
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Reader reviewed by Jocelyn

Talon is one of the Downsiders, part of the city underneath the city. It's his world, underneath New York, a world that regular New Yorkers--or Topsiders--aren't even aware of, for the most part. Sure, there are urban legends about people under New York, but who really believes them? The Downsiders are hidden, and they'd like to stay that way.

All of that is threatened when Talon is spotted by a Topsider named Lindsay. Even when he is trying to keep his people safe, the two still manage to end up friends--and maybe more. That puts not only the existence of the Downside at risk, but also the existence of Talon--he has revealed there location to a Topsider, which can mean death.

This is a really great book that I reccomend to anyone--people who love urban legends, people who love New York (I love to read about New York!), anybody. You will love this book--I know I did.
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Decent fantasy, but can we lose the cliches?
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Reader reviewed by bookworm9

Talon is a Downsider, a mysterious group of people who live in the depths of underground tunnels connected to the New York subway system. Downsiders fear the sun, and think they are much better than Topsiders, who sometimes "fall" into the Downside. Then Talon meets Lindsay, a Topside girl who helps him get medicine for his ill sister. They form an odd friendship, and Talon decides to take her to the Downside, where no Topsider has ever visited before. Meanwhile, the Topside and Downside are about to meet in a bigger and more catastrophic way. Can Talon and Lindsay's friendship last? Is Talon's world about to be destroyed forever?

The biggest thing this book had going for it was the whole premise of the Downside, which was pretty interesting. However, the whole Romeo/ Juliet relationship between Talon and Lindsay was pretty trite-- the relationship between Talon and his friend/ rival Railborn had more chemistry and should have been focused on more. In fact, all of the Topside characters seemed pretty flat, and usually downright stereotypical, from Lindsay's snooty evil step-brother to her workaholic dad to her chatterbox best friend. Combine this with the author's abundant use of cliches, and you have a book with great potential but just doesn't deliver.
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