A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Fractured, like the first book in the trilogy, Slated, is a riveting psychological thriller, but this installment is harsher and darker in mood. It features a great deal of violence from both the current oppressive regime and the opposition -- primarily shooting that results in murders but also planned attacks, a home burned down with a family inside, and a bomb that goes off. Blood, gore, and destruction are rampant. There's no swearing or sex, but Kyla is attracted to her manipulative teacher (who gives her a hug and a kiss on the top of her head). She's a confused and compelling character, and the novel is full of surprising twists and turns.
What's the story?
Kyla, who has been slated to forget her past (as revealed in Slated, Book 1 of the trilogy), is having troubling nightmares and horrifying glimpses of her past. When a new teacher suddenly arrives, his diabolical manipulation is complex and potentially lethal. The more she finds out about who she is and was, the more frightening her life becomes. Friends become enemies and an enemy becomes a friend. Her beloved Ben has been programmed to forget her. The Lorders want her to spy, and the Free UK want her to kill. The stakes are high. No one can be trusted. Somehow Kyla must find a way out. Can she?
Is it any good?
If you like psychological thrillers, you'll be riveted by FRACTURED. You don't have to have read Slated, as the plot details are recapped, but it helps. There's a lot of graphic violence, and less would be better. But there's also high suspense and surprising plot twists and turns. Kyla's character commands attention and her confusion is believable. The sense of danger is palpable throughout.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence. Is it sometimes justified as a way to cure society's ills? Is the level of violence in Fractured appropriate to the story or over the top?
Can you think of nonviolent protests that have demanded courage and achieved positive results? Does the media treat violent and nonviolent protests equally?
How do you know whom you can trust? What are some ways you can determine if a friendship or relationship is trustworthy?
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