Shattered: Slated, Book 3

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Joanna H. Kraus, Common Sense Media
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Kyla runs for her life in exciting trilogy conclusion.

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Educational Value

The Lorders run an oppressive society that a small group tries to topple. This raises questions of human rights and should stimulate discussion about freedom and peace in the world. Author Teri Terry's vivid descriptions of the English Lake District are arresting and play an important role as Kyla's memories return. 

Positive Messages

Despite myriad obstacles persistence, intelligence and determination can outfox the enemy and achieve success.

Positive Role Models & Representations

With her whole world toppling, Kyla wants to know who she really is.  The more she discovers, the more determined she becomes to stop the tyranny of the Lorders. She's brave, believable in her inner conflicts, smart, and strong-minded as she fights for what she believes in. Aiden is on a secretive mission to find the children who are "missing" (or slated). He's honorable, highly intelligent and compassionate.

Violence

The Lorders are ruthless and there's a massacre and multiple murders as opponents struggles to maintain power or topple the tyrannical regime.

Sex

There are hugs and kisses, not always benevolent.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Teri Terry's Shattered is the final book of the Slated trilogy, following Slated and Fractured. On the way to the resolution there's a great deal of violence (including a massacre and multiple murders) and psychological manipulation in which Kyla is involved and narrowly escapes. 

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What's the story?

SHATTERED is the third book in the Slated trilogy. Previously, an oppressive government had erased Kyla's memories, but the anti-government forces had split her mind so that some memories remained. After she has been "slated," the extreme terrorists intend to use her as a suicide bomber. Now she must escape both groups, alter her appearance, change her name, and try to find her real roots, her biological mother. But nothing is as it seems, including her former boyfriend, Ben. In this dystopian future, Kyla struggles to survive and is more and more determined to halt the psychological enslavement of others.

Is it any good?

Shattered is a thriller with twists and turns that keep you reading and guessing. It's not essential to have read the first two books to catch on, as author Teri Terry expertly weaves the significant details of the first two books into this last one. Kyla is portrayed with depth and complexity and you desperately want her to succeed. Terry's vivid descriptions of the English Lake District are arresting and play an important role as Kyla's memories return.

Near the end, there's an overload of exposition, necessary perhaps to wind up the separate strands of the plot, but it feels rushed. Nevertheless, the finale in the trilogy is fascinating, well-crafted, and masterfully written.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes identity. Who are you? How much comes from your genes, your parents, your peers, your environment? Do you see yourself the same way others see you? What's the difference?

  • When a controversial, newsworthy event occurs, the media covers it. But is the information always the same?  Pick an event and research three different media sources that covered it: newspaper, television, Internet. See how the coverage differs, if it does.

  • Create a family tree in whatever media you prefer. Go back as far as you can: parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins. You'll probably need to ask other members of your family to help.  Are you like anyone else on the family tree?

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