Shade by Jeri-Smith Ready is a young adult novel set in the near future following a catastrophic event that completely changes the way the world is viewed. Anyone born after December 28th, 3:50 a.m. local Baltimore Maryland time is born with the ability to see ghosts. This event is known as the Shift. This singular event sets up a new environment in which post-shifters are needed to interact with the ghosts since the pre-shifters cannot see or hear them.. Aura is one of those born with that ability. She has always hated until having that ability until after her boyfriend Logan suddenly dies and she can see and speak with him.
This novel, although it has that paranormal twist, is really Aura and Logan’s love story. It has the tenderness of the movie “Ghost” and you can’t help hoping the duo will find a way to overcome their circumstances and have that happy ever after. Aura and Logan’s characters were interesting and multifaceted and I especially enjoyed Aura’s connection and sympathy for most of the ghosts she meets.
The subject matter was a bit intense I thought for a young adult novel. The drinking, drugs and sex would be recommended for more mature/older young adults. But in reality it is probably a realistic look at teen life. The sequel is Shift and it will definitely be on my “to read” list.