Title: Shattered (Book #3 in the Slated Series; my reviews of Slated & Fractured)
Author: Teri Terry
Release Date: 5/1/14
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
This review is going to be divided into two parts, first, my argument for you to read this series if you haven’t which will have no spoilers for any of the books in the series, and second, my review of Shattered which will have spoilers for the first two books in the series, but absolutely not spoilers for Shattered.
From my review of Slated: “I liked the main character, I liked the idea for the story, and I liked the pacing, but the world building was really terrible and that took away from the parts of the story that I enjoyed. I wouldn’t not recommend this one, but I also wouldn’t be rushing out to read it.”
From my review of Fractured: “The world building issues, although still there, were easier to move past in this one and Kyla, who I connected with and liked immensely in the first book, only got better. I tore through the perfect pacing in this one and I’m excited to read the third installment in May. If the third is anywhere near as good as the second I will definitely be making an effort to get more people to read this series.”
Which begs the question, am I making an effort to get more people to read the Slated series? Hell yes. Lots of people, myself included, like to complain about how series lose steam or how the second book in a trilogy is the weakest, or how an author clearly didn’t know how to let go. But what about the opposite? What about when the first book in the series is the weakest? Maybe this is rarer because people are less inclined to give the rest of a series a chance when they struggled with the first one? I still can’t exactly explain why I felt compelled to pick up Fractured after all of my problems with Slated, all I can say is that even though I struggled with many things in Slated the story and the characters stayed with me enough that I wanted to find out what happened to them, problems and all.
Here are my top three reasons why you should give the Slated series a chance:
1. The Main Character: It’s hard to love a blank slate, but I fell hard for Kyla. At the beginning of the series she’s so helpless and clueless, but there’s always this spark about her that really comes through. As the series goes on she really comes into her own, even if she might not feel like it, and I really admired her sense of right and wrong and duty to those around her. If you read this series for one reason read it because of Kyla.
2. The World: How ironic is this? My big issue with the series is the world building, but I’m recommending you read the series because of the world. You will have questions. You will be frustrated. BUT, a lot of what made this story compelling/believable/scary is that the world where it takes place, in the 2060s or 2070s I think (SEE?! I don’t even know! —->poor world building), is so similar to our world. I don’t know about anyone else, but when a fake world ties so closely into our own I find the story much more urgent and interesting.
3. The Intricately Woven Story: This is a complicated story and one that you really need to pay attention to. I think it would be good to read all three of the books together to really be able to dive into the story and remember all the details. But I read all three over the span of a year and that certainly worked too. This is a series where people go away and come back and things over the course of the three books will tie together, which are all things I really like to see in a series.
That’s my plea for you to read the Slated series and especially to keep reading if you’ve read the first one and didn’t like it or read the first one and don’t like it.
Below is my review of Shattered which has spoilers for the first two books in the series so if you haven’t read them you probably want to stop reading here.
This will be relatively short. Shattered picks up pretty much where Slated left off, Kyla having escaped from the AGT and Lourders and she’s now officially dead, but in fact alive and eager to find out more about her past. Unlike the other two books in the series this one has much less action, much less suspense, and is much more about Kyla figuring out who she is/growing up/coming into her own. Since Kyla is pretty much my favorite part of this series I absolutely loved the chance to get to spend this time with Kyla. And that’s kind of all I’m going to say about the story because I don’t want to spoil anything for you. But, don’t worry, there eventually is action and the book does a good job of wrapping up all of the loose ends of the series.
My two issues with the series all along have been the less than stellar world building and the romance. While I wouldn’t say the world building improved in this installment there were things about the world that were eventually cleared up and I was left feeling better about the world in general. However, there is something new introduced, a medical-like procedure called IMET that is like a really advanced form of plastic surgery. I was bothered by this because of how similar the rest of the world is to ours. The crazy technology that can so drastically alter how a person looked seemed out of place to me and incongruous with the rest of the story.
If you’ve read my reviews of the first two books in the series you’ll know that the romance with Ben did nothing for me. I think I even called Ben something like a wet Slated rag in one of my reviews. I didn’t get the romance, to me it was very instalove and young, but after reading Shattered I came away with a better understanding of it and respect for it. To me these books are about Kyla and the romance, even though it was so prominent in the first book, was just a background story that I didn’t love.
Bottom Line: The Slated series is one that really built over the course of the three books and I am so happy I stuck with it after not jiving with the first book in the series. They’re probably not books for everyone, but I really came to like and respect them and I hope that people will give them a shot because in the end it’s a strong story with a really great main character.
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