Shadows Cast by Stars

Catherine Knutsson's young adult novel is about a girl who is a healer and seer in a dystopian future where a plague is wiping out much of humanity.

Catherine Knutsson

In two hundred years, a plague will wipe out much of humanity. Only a few people are immune: the descendants of First Nations people. This includes 16-year-old Cassandra Mercredi. But being immune to the plague is just as dangerous: the government wants her blood to harvest the antibodies that cause immunity. Cassandra and her family go into hiding on the mysterious Island, but will they ever be safe again? Blending Aboriginal, Greek and Arthurian mythology, Shadows Cast by Stars is a fast-paced and moving adventure story for the ages.

Shadows Cast by Stars is for readers ages 12 and up.

From the book

We arrive back at the camp at nightfall. I find the place where Madda and I abandoned our packs, and it hits me that the packs and all they hold are now mine. I sink down beside them, rest my forehead on the stiff, rough canvas. I don't cry. I feel like I should, like I need to, but I have no more tears. My eyes feel dry and raw and cracked. So, too, does my heart.

No one approaches me, though I feel many gazes resting on my back. What the men think, I don't know. I don't care. Staying away from me is the best thing they can do. I want blood.

From Shadows Cast by Stars by Catherine Knutsson ©2012. Published by Simon & Schuster Canada.