Parents' Guide to

Shattered Warrior

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Exciting tale of resisting alien invaders has romance, too.

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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

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 note: At the end of Part 2 (Literally the last page of part 2), there is brief partial nudity. It might catch some readers off guard (There is also brief male frontal nudity in the concept art. It is not that detailed.)There is also blood and violence throughout the entire novel (Killings, Stabbings, Beatings, Zappings, ect.) Some characters have bruises on their body after attacks. There is also brief mild language when a person tells another person “You look like hell!”

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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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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