In this middle-grade horror story, Tiger Lilly Dander and her friend, Stacy, wake one morning to a world in which everyone they care about is missing, except each other. Together the girls must determine why their loved ones have disappeared before their menacing shadows succeed in robbing them of their joy and making sure they, too, vanish forever.
(Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of this book from Blackberry Book Tours for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own and are honest and unbiased.)
Sage Hyatt's The Last Shimmer is a wonderful middle-grade tale that teaches the power of compassion. I fell in love with the spunky main character, Tiger Lilly, within the first few pages, as Hyatt introduced her excellently. I admired her courage and her willingness to take up for those she cares about. Through the events and consequences that unfolded in the story, Hyatt encouraged people to find less violent methods of dealing with adversity while still taking up for themselves and others, which I found charming as well as commendable. Though some scenes, including the ending, felt a bit brusque and I was left with a couple of questions, this was, overall, an intriguing story with a deep message that's sure to resonate with young and older audiences alike. I hope to read more of Sage Hyatt's work in the future.