When Cate Benson was a kid, her sister, Violet, died. Two hours after the funeral, Cate’s family picked up Violet’s replacement. Like nothing had happened. Because Cate’s parents are among those who decided to give their children a sort of immortality—by cloning them at birth—which means this new Violet has the same smile. The same perfect face. Thanks to advancements in mind-uploading technology, she even has all of the same memories as the girl she replaced.
She also might have murdered the most popular girl in school.
At least, that’s what the paparazzi and the anti-cloning protestors want everyone to think: that clones are violent, unpredictable monsters. Cate is used to hearing all that. She’s used to defending her sister, too. But Violet has vanished, and when Cate sets out to find her, she ends up in the line of fire instead. Because Cate is getting dangerously close to secrets that will rock the foundation of everything she thought was true.
In a thrilling debut, Stefanie Gaither takes readers on a nail-biting ride through a future that looks frighteningly similar to our own time and asks: how far are you willing to go to keep your family together?
Advance Praise for FALLS THE SHADOW:
“A different twist on a post-apocalyptic tale, Falls the Shadow is a very engaging read and hard to put down until the last page.” —VOYA, starred review
“Gaither’s debut dystopia is thoughtful and thrilling, and several genuinely chilling moments stand out in an otherwise conventional story about an evil corporation’s Machiavellian plans. The cloning technology is appropriately eerie, and … [Cate’s] complicated love for Violet is emotionally resonant. ” —Booklist
“FALLS THE SHADOW takes weird science and makes it a whole lot weirder. Debut author Stefanie Gaither explores what happens when bleeding-edge science collides with the human experience. Highly recommended.” –Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of ROT & RUIN and V-WARS
“FALLS THE SHADOW is a thrill ride of a book, giving readers a frightening tour of cloning possibilities—and a reminder of the hopeful connections that keep us human. What an intriguing debut for Stefanie Gaither!” —NYT Bestselling Author Margaret Peterson Haddix
“FALLS THE SHADOW offers readers high octane thrills with surprising heart; beneath this story of cloning in a corporate future is the tale of two sisters and the complicated history that binds them. This is a refreshingly real and deeply human book.” — Phoebe North, Author of STARGLASS
“A smart, futuristic thriller that grabs you and doesn’t let go until the very last page. This is a fantastic debut from Stefanie Gaither.” — Kristi Helvig, author of BURN OUT
“Stefanie Gaither is an incredible writer. Her characters are so vivid and… [this book] was nothing short of addicting.” — Kelsey Sutton, author of SOME QUIET PLACE
“Eerie from page one, Falls the Shadow offers a rare thing: a real mystery set at the heart of a thriller. Gaither’s debut bristles with action, but it’s also built on the complicated ground of how we love the sisters and brothers who are thrown into our lives—the people who are closest to us in the world, but in some ways will always be unknowable.” —Amy Rose Capetta, author of ENTANGLED