Shattered Warrior

Book review by
Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Exciting tale of resisting alien invaders has romance, too.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

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Educational Value

Shattered Warrior examines the impacts of colonization on a native culture. It also explores the tactics of resistance against the colonists.

Positive Messages

Like-minded individuals can band together to effect change against their oppressors. People should not be afraid to love each other.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Colleen Cavenaugh has lost her entire family to the invading Derichets, but she finds the strength and courage to join the underground revolution and help free her world.


The scenes of violence here are usually presented in an understated way. One of Colleen's co-workers is assaulted and beaten, and at least three other friends are killed. One of the overseers attempts to sexually assault Colleen at work. There's a battle aimed at blowing up a departing spaceship.


Jann and Ridley once had a romantic relationship, but now the two men are estranged. Jann and Colleen fall in love over the course of the story. They kiss passionately a few times and are shown in bed together, she with her breasts exposed,

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Shattered Warrior is a science fiction graphic novel written by Sharon Shinn. It follows a young woman as she learns to rebel against her planet's occupancy by alien invaders. Sexual content includes talk of an affair between two men that ended badly and a depiction of the growing romance between Colleen and Jann, which includes a scene with them together in bed, she with her breasts exposed. Scenes of violence are usually understated, but many of Colleen's friends and co-workers are assaulted or killed. There's a climactic battle to destroy a spaceship.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byVirtualFireball October 4, 2019

It’s not bad, but a little on the short side.

The story is pretty good, but it is quite short. There are also no indication on when some time has skipped, so sometimes might be hard to keep up.

Parents not... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byJewish_Feminist January 3, 2020

wonderful book, violence and sex are kind of /meh./

It's a really good book with great messages about fighting back when people treat you poorly: democracy and unions. I love it. There is some violence, a ca... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byThePirateQueen March 9, 2018

Shattered Warrior has excellent art, but violence and some sexual content as well.

Shattered Warrior is a graphic novel that takes place in a world conquered by Derichets (Ogre like creatures). There is quite some violence, neck broken, stabbe... Continue reading

What's the story?

In SHATTERED WARRIOR, alien invaders called the Derichets arrived on Colleen Cavanaugh's home planet eight years ago and destroyed her family. Now she works on an industrial conveyor belt with other survivors, making it through the day before retreating to her damaged home in the countryside. Safety isn't guaranteed, not with the dangerous gangs who operate there. But when she take in a long-lost niece, the stakes are raised even higher for Colleen. She joins a band of rebels and begins to fall in love with a reckless fighter named Jann. Should she risk her newfound family or work to free her planet by actively resisting the Derichets?

Is it any good?

One young woman's journey to active resistance against her planet's alien invaders proves to be thoughtful and compelling. In Shattered Warrior, author Sharon Shinn gracefully charts Colleen's path from beaten-down factory worker to committed rebel. Artist Molly Knox Ostertag expertly depicts the action, both physical and emotional. The mix of adventure and romance should hit the sweet spot for many readers. The story is open-ended, but there's a welcome sense of completion when Colleen and her fellow fighters make their stand.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Shattered Warrior and how it uses the graphic novel format to tell its story. What kinds of stories work best as graphic novels?

  • How is violence used in Shattered Warrior? Is violence an effective method of political resistance?

  • Why can it be more difficult for people to love each other in times of great danger and unrest? 

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