Shattered by Teri Terry
Published by: Orchard Books
Series: Slated (#1), Fractured (#2)
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As a finale to a trilogy, this book was something incredibly different. It wasn’t ‘Mockingjay’, and it wasn’t ‘Allegiant’. It wasn’t wild, it wasn’t action-packed, but the calm after the storm of ‘Fractured’. I didn’t know what was going to happen to Kyla, and where she was going to go, but I sure was pleased with were she ended up.
Plot and Pacing
As I said, this was the most mellow of the three books. We found out about Kyla’s past life in ‘Fractured’ and now it was just about seeing what she’d do next. The answer? Find her birth mother.
Kyla, now under the name of Riley, found her mother, Stella, and started a rehabilitation-style thing with a bunch of other 18 year old girls in the country. She got to choose which career path she followed, and found out more about what it was like to be Lucy. The threat came from her grandmother, Astrid, who was a big shot Lorder, and therefore incredibly dangerous for fugitive Kyla to be around.
I was a little put out by Ben’s storyline in the last book, but it seems that Terry picked it right back up again in ‘Shattered’, giving Kyla a chance to experience happiness once more.
But, if I’ve learnt anything from this genre, it’s that everyone is not always what they seem. I have tentative about everyone, what their motives were and why they were significant…it felt like I was more concerned than Kyla!
What made ‘Shattered’ so different was Kyla’s position as an observer. Usually, in dystopians, the kick-ass female protagonist has to be the one to take the bullet, sometimes meant literally. Kyla, on the other hand, wasn’t passive, but she certainly wasn’t an action heroine. She was important, but more of a pawn in a larger game of ‘let’s-destroy-the-world’, available at all good retailers.
I liked the change. It felt more realistic, like Kyla could have been anybody, saving the world in the most human way possible: with words.
The one thing that bugged me about this series as a whole was the amount of love interests Kyla had. From the beginning, she had Ben, a fellow Slated. He was exactly what she needed. But, he was taken. To take his place was Cam, the boy next door, who was a little too interested in what Kyla was doing. From her life as Rain, there was Katran. We only realised his love motive at the end of ‘Fractured’, but it seemed like an unnecessary addition. Then there was Nico, the leader of the AGT group she belonged to. He was of indefinite age, and just generally creepy, not really caring for Kyla herself, but what she could do for him. As if that wasn’t enough, in ‘Shattered’, Aidan, the one boy who had helped Kyla with no romantic motive, discovered he had feelings for her. Not to mention Ben’s return, so there was a tiny love triangle going on.
It was just slightly ridiculous and unnecessary, seeing as Kyla didn’t even know who she was most of the time, so couldn’t be expected to show romantic feelings for another.
Overall, I’d give ‘Shattered’, 4 stars. Even though it was quite plain, I absolutely love books like that. It deserves about 3 stars for originality alone – I highly recommend it!