What’s on the Bookshelf: ‘Into the Shadows’

I guess if you see where my blog is going, you’ll note that I’m slowing making my way through the books by the DarkSide Publishing authors, and I have yet to be disappointed by these ladies.

After reading “Bloody Little Secrets,” I went back and grabbed a Kindle copy of “Into the Shadows” by Karly Kirkpatrick. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from the description of the book, and it actually turned out that not knowing what to expect only ended up surprising me in a good way.

Paivi Anderson is yet another lead character with powers. As is the case with many YA fantasy fiction novels, the leads have some kind of gift, or some element that makes them special. Paivi’s gift, while intriguing, wasn’t what made the book for me. What made the book was that because of her gift, she was classified as an “Enemy of the State” – all because her name ended up on a list that included others who were gifted. Paivi’s civil rights are stripped; she is segregated, tormented, harassed, and treated like a second class citizen in her own country without cause or justification.

I’ve never been exceptionally political, but one thing does matter to me – civil rights. What really hit me is that, politically, it reminded me of Nazi Germany and how one man managed to scare an entire nation into believing that all of their problems were the fault of a single group. His attrition was slow and came in phases to the point that seemingly innocent ‘rules’ escalated into concentration camps and the slaughter of millions of innocent lives.

In the case of “Into the Shadows,” that group consists of people who have gifts – the ability to read minds and see the future, to name a few. They are called suspected traitors and terrorists, because of their gifts, and segregated as if they are guilty – all without trial or due process of law. It’s a disturbing notion what kind of change fear can bring, and how people are willing to sacrifice their freedoms and not speak out because of that fear. No matter what day or age you live in, or your political beliefs, it’s important to be aware of your rights and what is going on with the world. But most of all, it’s important to speak out against injustice and not be ruled by fear.

“Into the Shadows” was definitely not a mindless, good read. It was a thought-provoking, great read, and by the end, Kirkpatrick had me breathlessly waiting for more. So, Go, Paivi! I cannot wait to see what future awaits this brave heroine.

Check out “Into the Shadows” by Karly Kirkpatrick.

Into the Shadows by Karly Kirkpatrick