Review: Shattered – Teri Terry

Shattered - Teri TerryTitle: Shattered
Author: Teri Terry
Publication date: March 6, 2014
Publisher: Orchard Books
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Series: Yes, the third book in the Slated trilogy

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WARNING: This is book 3 in a series, so this review will contain spoilers.

Goodreads Synopsis:
Kyla is in danger from both the government Lorders who erased her memory and the terrorists who tried to use her. So now sheโ€™s on the run. Sporting a new identity and desperate to fill in the blank spaces of her life pre-Slating, Kyla heads to a remote mountain town to try to reunite with the birth mother she was kidnapped from as a child. There she is hoping all the pieces of her life will come together and she can finally take charge of her own future. But even in the idyllic wilderness and the heart of her original family, Kyla realizes there is no escape from the oppressive Lorders. Someone close to her may be one of them, and even more frighteningly, her birth mother has been keeping secrets of her own.

My thoughts:
This was a solid ending to a good trilogy! I feel that the tendency with most YA trilogies is that the last book is just a dump of information and a maze of twist and turns to get all the loose ends tied up and the story neatly finished. Luckily this was not the case with Shattered! Rather, I felt that the ending was logically although some pieces of the puzzle were a little bit far fetched.

We begin this book with Lucy/Kyla/Rain travelling to her birthmother, finally finding out where she came from. It is certainly necessary to keep your focus when reading this trilogy because there are different people associated with different stages of Kyla’s life. I liked that throughout the first chapters of Shattered the events of the previous two books were incorporated. For me these bits were not really needed as I read the books basically back to back but they are very convenient when there is longer time in between the books. The recap was done over several pages, whenever it was necessary to fill in some gaps.

I most of all liked Kyla. I was afraid that she was going to be overrun by all these other people who had an interest in her but she remained very independent, not letting her actions get guided by anyone accept her own judgment. I also liked how she adapted her behaviour towards some of the other main characters with every bit of new information. It happens too often that a main character keeps clinging to their own believes despite contradiction information.

Despite all the good things and how much I liked Kayla, I felt that the ending, although good, was a little rushed. This book was somewhat shorter than the previous two books and with an extra 40 pages the book would have been better.ย  I doย  feel that for hardcore dystopian lovers this world is not super original. I still give Shattered 4 stars, because it was a good trilogy that is definitely worth checking out.

4 Stars

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