Scorpion Shards: The Star Shards Chronicles, Book 1

Book review by
Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
Scorpion Shards: The Star Shards Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Kids use psychic powers in exciting, X-Men-like thriller.

Parents say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Scorpion Shards emphasizes the importance of empathy for people who are regarded as outcasts.

Positive Messages

Friendship can help people facing adversity. Inner strength is more important than outward appearance.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The six main characters in Scorpion Shards undergo terrible trauma, but some of them are able to find the strength to put aside the disruptive aspects of their lives and choose to help others.

Violence

Dillon feeds on violence, and his scenes tend to focus on murder and mayhem. Usually, only results -- dead or shellshocked victims -- are portrayed, A major character is shot to death at the climax. The teens fight against the other-dimensional parasites living in their bodies.

Sex

Every girl Michael meets wants to have sex with him. He indulges in a few make-out sessions but ends them before he becomes too dangerously excited. Discussion of masturbation.

Language

Minor swearing, with a few instances of "bastard," "hell," and "damn."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Neal Shusterman's Scorpion Shards is a sci-fi/fantasy thriller about six teens with supernatural powers. Violence plays a large part in the plot, but usually only the lead-up and aftermath of the events are described. A major character is shot to death at the climax. One character is sexually irresistible, but his exploits are mostly described in retrospect and without intimate details. Swearing is minimal (a few instances of "bastard," "hell," and "damn"), and there's no substance abuse.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Teen, 13 years old Written byJackie Hite May 8, 2018

Length

I liked this book a lot. There were a couple sots that were slow and the book was quite long. It has a lot of action and it is kind of a thriller but I wouldn... Continue reading

What's the story?

As SCORPION SHARDS opens, Dillon, a boy who can cause chaos with a few words, and Deanna, a young woman terrified of nearly everything, realize that their chances of survival are greater if they team up. Four other psychically gifted teens are soon on their trail, trying to withstand the debilitating physical effects of their own superpowers. If they don't stop Dillon and Deanna in time, the entire world's population could be doomed.

Is it any good?

If its premises and plotting seems a little dated after decades of X-Men adventures, this thriller still packs a superheroic punch. With Scorpion Shards, author Neal Shusterman displays his skill at creating teen characters with awesome powers who struggle against awesome challenges. The problems they face -- super-acne, mega-obesity, reverse aging and more -- verge on the unbelievable but are made plausible through convincing character development. The novel's action sequences are exciting and clearly described, and they serve thematic purposes rather than as excuses for a punch-up. By the end of the book, readers will feel sympathy for all the characters and want to see what happens to them in the next installment.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Scorpion Shards uses elements ot superhero comics to tell its story. How is this effective?

  • Is there such a thing as "evil'? Can people be taken over by it and forced to commit bad deeds?

  • How is violence used in Scorpion Shards? Does it produce the results that characters want from it?

Book details

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

For kids who love science fiction and fantasy

Our editors recommend

Top advice and articles

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate