After narrowly avoiding being blown up in Fractured, Teri Terry’s heroine Kyla (that girl has more names and aliases than anyone else I know) continues her search for herself, and her fight against the sick society she lives in. In Shattered Kyla/Riley/Lucy/Rain goes off in search of her real mother.
She does surprisingly well, until a variety of weird and awful happenings suggest that there is a lot more to truth than you’d expect. And who do you love more; blood family or adopted family?
Teri offers a juxtaposition between the beautiful Lake District, where she sends Kyla, and the long and awful arm of the Lorders, who seemingly can do anything they like, as and when they like.
One thought I had while reading this story, set in around 2054, was to wonder if young readers would see it as mostly scare mongering, not likely to happen. Because I see only the very near likelihood of something similar happening for real, some time soon or a little further into the future.
This is the kind of book that you just have to read very, very quickly. Although I decided against trying to read the end at a point when I needed to read to stay calm. It was not looking like a calm ending by any means.
The plot at the end was a little convoluted, perhaps, but satisfying. By then I knew who I wanted to really suffer, and whom I disliked, and who was all right. Anyway, things are rarely all black and white. There is much grey in Shattered.
What I want to know is how authors come up with the unlikely coded words their characters go round using. And witnessing only in passing what the resistance movement do in these books, I was left thinking I wouldn’t mind a book about them. What they do, and how they do it, and why. Those who are continually having to go round exchanging phrases about how beautiful the tulips in Prague look at this time of year.
Lucky you if you have this one, or all three books left to read!