By Teri Terry (awesome name!)
Published Jan 2014
Reviewed by Naomi Dinmore
“‘Kyla was Slated: her mind wiped clean by the oppressive Lorder government. When forbidden memories of a violent past begin to surface, so doid doubts: could she trust those she had come to care for, like Ben? Helped by friendsa in MIA, she goes undercover, searching for her past and evading the authorities who want her dead. But the truth Kyla desparately seeks is more shocking than she ever imagined.”
I was attracted to this book in the first place because it is of a dystopian genre, and because I really enjoyed both The Hunger Games and the Divergent trilogies I decided to give it a go. What I did not realise, however, that this was also part of a trilogy and was the final book in it. In my opinion, it didn’t need any previous books because all references to the previous books were explained fully and I didn’t realise these were references until I read the back page advertising them! I would like to read them, however, because I found Shattered very gripping, and although they weren’t unlike THG and Divergent they had an interesting twist: The protagonist, (who has multiple names) is a spy, rather than a vulnerable person about to undergo a massive change in her life. As the reader, I was immediately chucked into one of Kyla/Riley’s missions and I found that much more interesting because there was no “beating around the bush” as some people might say.
I think this was dystopia with a unique plot: instead of the main focus as overthrowing the corrupt government, Riley is more interested in finding out about her past since her memory was wiped, and kind of joins a rebellion as a tangent to the main plot. She does not lead it, but is a major part of it, because of her “spy” occupation.
To be honest, the government isn’t extremely corrupt like the other trilogies, and I suppose that just made an exciting setting and reason for her mind being Slated. The main plot is her trying to find her real family and identity which is very annoying because she literally does not find out until the final few pages. It has a happy ending, but not everything is solved - does that make sense? Anyway, it ends with hope (get the pun - eh, readers of Shattered) and Riley has her friends back, a lot of non-biological family, a boyfriend who she did not expect and her real name. The adventure she travels to get there is an emotional rollercoaster as she has to re-live horrible memories of the past and is under constant fear of her close connection with the (almost evil) British government, her previous captors and even the people she thought she could trust.
Shattered is suitable for people in their mid-teens and older. Anybody younger may not relate to the Protagonist more and her violent experiences and emotions.
I definitely think it deserves much more popularity!
Overall, I would give it 5/5