Review: Shattered (Slated #3)
Series: Slated #3
Also in this series: Slated, Fractured
Released by Orchard Books on 6 March 2014
Kyla is in danger from both the government Lorders who erased her memory and the terrorists who tried to use her. So now she’s on the run. Sporting a new identity and desperate to fill in the blank spaces of her life pre-Slating, Kyla heads to a remote mountain town to try to reunite with the birth mother she was kidnapped from as a child. There she is hoping all the pieces of her life will come together and she can finally take charge of her own future. But even in the idyllic wilderness and the heart of her original family, Kyla realizes there is no escape from the oppressive Lorders. Someone close to her may be one of them, and even more frighteningly, her birth mother has been keeping secrets of her own.
At the beginning of this year I read a book called Slated, that I had ordered from Amazon a long time before that, and LOVED it. I immediately ordered sequel Fractured which I loved too and then third – and final – book Shattered. I started in that… and put it down after reading not more than twenty or so pages. Why? I have no idea, but I think I was in a sort of reading slump and I didn’t want to read a book of which I really enjoyed the two previous ones in the ‘fear’ of disliking the third book. So I put it down and saved it for a time when I wasn’t feeling like putting down every book I picked up.
In June I finally picked up Shattered again and I kind of cheered when I got past the point where I put it down the previous time. And I kept reading, and reading and reading – because oh my god these books are fantastic! Honestly I think one of the reasons I love these books so much is because they happen in Dystopian England rather than Dystopian America which happens in I believe 90% of the YA Dystopia’s, and honestly I am getting a little bit tired of that (I don’t blame American authors for keeping their stories in their territory, but still).
Shattered is the third and final book in the Slated series, and honestly I am a bit sad that it’s over now – but I really enjoyed reading this third book because it is full of thrilling scenes. In this book Kyla goes in search of her birthmother and ends up in a small town which awakens more of her memories from before she was Slated. But there she finds out that not everything is as it seems, and even her birthmother seems to have some secrets of her own.
I liked the fact that Kyla was going to meet her family from before she was Slated, and I really liked the house that her mother, Stella, was living in. She took care of several girls who were under twenty-one and according to law not allowed to live on their own without an adult yet. Kyla went undercover as someone who was signing up for a program they have in the town and of course could not let anyone know that she was Stella’s daughter. Then her cover gets blown and she has to go into hiding with Aiden and some other MIA people. And that is when stuff starts happening that made me go ‘WHAT IS GOING ON?! WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN?!’. A certain character makes his/her return, or in fact multiple characters from the previous two books make their return that made me go ‘OH MY GOD’.
View Spoiler »I mean the part where Ben walks into the room, I was freaking out. Too bad later on he turned out to be brainwashed by Lorders and got several MIA people killed – I was really happy when he walked back into Kyla’s life again. Though I have to say after this book I don’t ship them too much anymore, I think I like her more with Aiden now to be honest, ha ha ha oops. « Hide Spoiler
Honestly, the end where the ‘villain’ meets the ‘hero’ for the last time before everything goes to a ‘and they lived happily ever after’ ending felt a bit rushed to me. I don’t know why, but I had the feeling that it all happened so quickly after each other (which I guess kind of happens in this sort of situations), and it bothered me a little bit. I reread the part twice because I had the feeling I was missing something, but yeah – that was actually the only thing that wasn’t that awesome about this book I guess..
In the end, Shattered was amazing and thrilling and a very good end to a series. I really recommend this series to people who are sick of seeing all those American-centered dystopias, and just people who love good action-packed books!
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