Who’s it for? Teens
What’s it about? Lies, secrets and intrigue as the Slated trilogy concludes. Make sure to read Slated and Fractured before this one!
What’s good about it?
Much like Fractured, Shattered opens right on the action as Kyla boards a Lorder patrolled train and the pace doesn’t really let up. It seems like for every revelation there are yet more secrets and more lies which drives the plot forward.
There’s buckets of character development and some definite surprises that crop up. I was less interested in the love triangle that popped up, but it wasn’t the main focus.
Kyla – she’s a brilliant character but her backstory is so unbelievably complicated after a while. Not in the least trying to work out what to call her. By the end of the book she has accumulated at least four surnames and a veritable fleet of first names, not to mention a backstory with more twists than a corkscrew – which I loved.
There’s more details about the Lorders, the Slateds and the way this world works which I loved – the little details like being unable to live with others without supervision until the age of 21. It also brought in details of the outside world – those from ‘United Ireland’ helping with the MIA rebellion – and how the rest of the world were responding to what was happening in Britain.
What’s bad about it?
Such a nonsense, petty thing, but every time a character said “Heh” I genuinely thought they were doing a single laugh. I was a bit confused until I realised that they were saying “hey” (I think. I’m not 100%). However, I realised not everyone (or anyone at all but me) cares about this.
It’s taken me a long time to read Shattered. I loved Slated and Fractured, and got my hands on Shattered as fast as I could… only to not read it.
I was clearly a fool. I read it in one sitting today and I loved every second. The resolution was as rightfully messy and complicated as it should have been, and the characters were just how I remembered.