Waiting on Wednesday: Shadows Cast by Stars by Catherine Knutsson


February 22, 2012 by Heidi

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcomign releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Book cover of Shadows Cast by Stars by Catherine KnutssonShadows Cast by Stars – Catherine Knutsson
June 5th, 2012 – Atheneum

Two hundred years from now, blood has become the most valuable commodity on the planet – especially the blood of aboriginal peoples, for it contains antibodies that protect them from the plague that is ravaging the rest of the world.

Sixteen-year-old Cassandra Mercredi might be immune to the plague, but that doesn’t mean she’s safe. Government forces are searching for those of aboriginal heritage to harvest their blood. When a search threatens Cass and her family, they flee to the Island, a mysterious and idyllic territory protected by the Band, a group of guerilla warriors, and by an enigmatic energy barrier that keeps outsiders out and the spirit world in. And though the village healer has taken Cass under her wing, and the tribal leader’s son into his heart, the spirit world is angry, and it has chosen Cass to be its voice and instrument…

So when I signed up for GoodReads this summer, this was the FIRST book to go on my To Read list.  I love reading about various mythologies, and the idea of a futuristic story that ties in aboriginal mythologies is something I can’t pass up.  Plus the cover is absolutely gorgeous!  


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  1. Danica Page says:

    Ooh! Why haven't I heard of this before? I definitely have to read this.Thanks for bringing it to my attention. My WoW/WWW PostHappy reading!~Danica Page Taking It One Page At a Time

  2. Erica says:

    This one looks SO fabulous and that cover? GORGEOUS :)

  3. Oh that sounds really interesting. Blood the most valuable commodity and of course the island and spirits and love and then danger LOL Sounds awesome!My WOW

  4. I've been waiting for this book to come out for the longest time! I just love the premise about blood being a rare commodity. Great pick :)Check out our WoW picks!

  5. JC Jones says:

    It does have a good cover.

  6. catknutsson says:

    Thanks for including my book as your WOW! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it :)Catherine

  7. Heidi says:

    I hope so too, I'm so excited to pick this one up. Grats on your debut!

  8. Great choice!! I haven't heard of this one but it sounds awesome :)Happy reading and check out my waiting on Wednesday!!http://sarahcatchingbooks.blogspot.com/2012/02/waiting-on-wednesday-33-sapphire-blue.html

  9. Ashley says:

    I completely agree. I don't think I've seen/read anything yet that mixes mythologies with a dystopia. It'll be an interesting read!My WOW Pick!

  10. I have this on my TBR, but I obviously hadn't read the description…THIS SOUNDS SO COOL AND DIFFERENT! Thanks for bringing it to my attention. And I agree withwthat you say…aboriginal myths and blood and such…interesting!

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