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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.
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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.
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- Author: Sharon Shinn
- Illustrator: Mary Knox Ostertag
- Genre: Graphic Novel
- Topics: Adventures, Great Girl Role Models, Misfits and Underdogs, Space and Aliens
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: First Second
- Publication date: May 16, 2017
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 11 - 14
- Number of pages: 256
- Available on: Paperback, Nook, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: April 9, 2019
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