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. Volume XXI Number 4 . . . . September 26, 2014
With Lorders and anti-government terrorists convinced of her death, Kyla, under the new alias of Riley, returns to her hometown in an attempt to pick up the pieces of the life that was taken from her pre-slating. Helping her along in this endeavour is Stella, her recently discovered birth mother. However, when Kyla notices inconsistencies in the story she is being told, she begins to investigate on her own, revealing a troubling family secret and, in the process, a heinous crime which, if exposed, would provide unmistakable proof of the oppression of the Lorders and bring down the government. Convinced she must do the right thing, Kyla turns to friends both old and new, but, with potential enemies even in her own family, she may already be in danger.
A thrilling finale brings closure to burning mysteries from Slated and Fractured, the first two books in Teri Terry’s “Slated” trilogy, and compellingly introduces (and answers) several new ones in the process. Perhaps it’s all a bit too tidy and rushed for the space allotted, but it’s satisfying nonetheless. The book’s epilogue, in particular, provides a lasting quality of optimism and hope, despite an uncertain future. Readers will revel in Kyla’s maturation into a strong, sympathetic heroine, unwilling to be corrupted or to compromise her principles.
Themes explored (sense of belonging, identity, power and politics, and family) remain relatively intact from the previous books; the one exception being morality, which is deftly measured against notions of forgiveness and freewill, and the inherent banality of good and evil that resides in all people. Kyla and Ben are reunited, although their relationship is in disarray, complicated by the circumstance of Ben’s captivity by Lorders (occurring at the end of Slated) and the introduction of a potential new love interest for Kyla. With the inclusion of this romantic triangle, Shattered, perhaps more so than the previous two books in the trilogy, moves closer to female audiences; regardless of this, appeal will be broad as Terry has written more than a simple love story. Emotionally evocative, thought-provoking, suspenseful—even chilling at times—Shattered is the rare instance of a final book in a trilogy surpassing its predecessors.
Andrew Laudicina, a MLIS graduate from the University of Western Ontario in London, currently resides in Windsor, ON.
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