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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shattered Warrior examines the impacts of colonization on a native culture. It also explores the tactics of resistance against the colonists.
Like-minded individuals can band together to effect change against their oppressors. People should not be afraid to love each other.
Positive Role Models
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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,
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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.
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.
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