A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
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.
Despite myriad obstacles persistence, intelligence and determination can outfox the enemy and achieve success.
Positive Role Models
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 & Scariness
The Lorders are ruthless and there's a massacre and multiple murders as opponents struggles to maintain power or topple the tyrannical regime.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are hugs and kisses, not always benevolent.
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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.
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.
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