Tag Archive | shattered

Shattered (Slated, Book #3) – Terry, Teri

5/10

Shattered

Synopsis

When you don’t know who you are how, how can you decide who you want to be? Kyla was Slated: her mind wiped clean by the oppressive Lorder government. When forbidden memories of a violent past began to surface, so did doubts: could she trust those she had come to care for, like Ben? Helped by friends in MIA, she goes undercover, searcher for her past and evading the authorities who want her dead. But the truth Kyla desperately seeks is more shocking than she ever imagined.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

I began this book with high expectations, and you’re probably going to think this book review is going to highly praise the last in the Slated series. However, that is not the case. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a torturous read, but considering the other two AMAZING books in the series, this was slightly disappointing.

I felt that the points at which Kyla regained parts of her memory were very ‘convenient’ and predictable. I felt that Terry was trying to push the plot along by having Kyla regain certain memories just so she could eliminate an extra chapter. I definitely didn’t feel that way with the previous two books, because the plot line just…made sense?

I also found it disappointing that, despite Kyla’s previous reluctance to become a part of MIA, she decided in this book to join MIA which meant that she lost some of her independence in my eyes. I like female characters who have a mind of their own, but I just felt that she was pressurised by Aiden and pressurised by the goings on around her.

The fact that Kyla has millions of different names really annoyed me because each character called her by a different one. Her ‘adopted’ mum insisted on calling her Lucie and then changing her mind to calling her Riley which was the name Kyla changed to after she’d been done with IMET. Aiden and Amy/Sandra called her Kyla, Nico called her Rain and Kyla called herself Riley. It was doing my head in by the end of the book. I mean – seriously – how many names do you want to give your main character? If you’re going to do that, at least make the other characters try and comply with the latest name.

All in all, I would say to read this book series: sure I felt that this book let the trilogy down immensely, but the first two more than make up for it.

Slated Review

Fractured Review

Goodreads: My Profile

Amazon: Shattered: 3/3 (Slated Trilogy)

Fractured (Slated, Book #2) – Teri Terry

10/10

Fractured

Synopsis

“With what I did yesterday, I should be dead: zapped by the chip they put in my brain when I was Slated.” Kyla shouldn’t remember anything from before she was Slated, but dark secrets of her past will not stay buried. Caught in a tug of war between Lorder oppression and the fight for freedom, her past and present race towards a collision she may not survive. While her desperate search for Ben continues, who can she trust in this world of secrets and lies?

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

This was an amazing second book in the Slated trilogy! I often find that books in a series decrease in quality but Teri Terry’s writing still manages to capture my attention right from the word go. If you enjoyed “Slated” you will adore this book. It’s packed with more action than the first and Kyla begins to learn that not everyone is as they first appear. She matures in herself, and there is a definite progression in the development of her character between the first and the second book, and even throughout Fractured. She starts off as a girl who doesn’t know who she is and then learns of her identity before she was Slated. She also begins to think for herself, rebelling against what she has been told “Rain” would do.

Kyla is forced to take sides in this non-stop action thriller and although it is constantly packed with action right from the first page, the last few chapters are paced perfectly. They force you to continue reading as you want to know what is going to happen next.

I would highly recommend this book to teens, particularly if you enjoyed Slated. I would read Slated first, though, as I feel without the background knowledge gained in book 1, Fractured won’t make a whole lot of sense. You can check out my review of Slated here.

Goodreads: My Profile

Amazon: Fractured: 2/3 (Slated Trilogy)

Mind Games – Teri, Terry

10/10

Mind Games

 

Synopsis

Luna has a secret. She is different, but no one must find out. Because in this world you must play their game, or it could cost you your life. Will Luna discover her true destiny in time to save the ones she loves?

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

This book was fantastic from beginning to end! It had me hooked from page one. It was a constant page-turner and I found that I couldn’t stop reading once I’d started. The chapters are relatively short in comparison to a lot of novels that I have read which suits the fast-pace of the book and keeps you reading.

This novel is set in the future where the majority of the citizens have implants which allows them to ‘live’ in virtual worlds. In a world where technology is becoming more and more dominant in our everyday lives, the futuristic setting of ‘Mind Games’ is entirely believable and realistic. It makes you think about whether virtual reality will be implemented into our lives in decades to come. Technology is ever evolving at a great speed which means that this book could be an accurate representation of what life will be like soon, or in ten, twenty or even thirty years’ time.

The only fault that I have with the book is that I found the ending very abrupt and I still had unanswered questions once I’d finished reading it. If you’ve read my review of The Death Cure by James Dashner then you will know how I hate ‘unfinished’ endings. However, this novel had so many merits, I didn’t let the ending ruin my judgement and rating of this book.

I would definitely recommend this book to older readers in the ‘Young Adult’ bracket, however I think younger teens would also find this novel an interesting read. It is an addictive book but the ending is emotional.

Amazon: Mind Games

Goodreads: My Profile