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I read Scorpion Shards as a middle schooler among Shusterman's numerous other books already published at the time -- and it has stuck with me and remained one of my all-time favorite YA novels. I then followed it through Thief of Souls and Shattered Sky, but was not able to finish the latter back when because I was later hospitalized in the same year and forgot to go back.
I returned to the trilogy now as an adult, over 19 years later, and Shattered Sky rattled me in its depth. It was a profound look into what it means to be human. I felt it really explored many layers of the tension between good and evil, of wrong and right -- and how often the two can come intertwined. The material within this book was far more mature than its preceding two books, and I enjoyed following the maturation.
I actually had to pause through the book so I could journal out what was coming up for me. The whole trilogy represents for me the struggle of humans, who have one foot in the animal world and one foot in the divine, and their own power -- the complex, often paradoxical nature of light and dark and the evolution of soul growth that powerful people must take before truly stepping into who they were born to be.
It's infused with Shusterman's signature creativity and magic, yet often heavy with these complex themes. (I love heavy in this way, though.)
I felt satisfied with the completion of the three stories. I even bought an extra, autographed set of the three books so that I can lend them out in the future. Amazing.
Shattered Sky picks up with Dillon allowing himself to be caught and profiled by an interrogator in order to heal said. It was fun to see just how easy it is for Dillon to read someone, but the conversation also serves a quick refresher for what happened to the Shards in Thief of Souls. His capture results in him being locked up in an unbelievably high-security prison designed specifically for him; this of course means that there is little interaction with others, which makes sense given his powers.
After the events of Thief of Souls, we saw the Shards become gods in the eyes of the world. Their powers have grown exponentially, and are now virtually limitless, and somewhat uncountable. They affect the world around them without even trying to. Thus is the magnitude of their power now. However, after the fallout of the Bringer’s manipulation, we are down to just three Shards: Dillon, Winston and Lourdes. Each of them are going through their own struggles after what the Bringer out them through, but I’ll admit that Lourdes is the one I think was affected the most by everything. She’s basically a puppet master now, robbing people of their free will with no sign of remorse whatsoever. She’s become drunk on her power, just as Dillon once was…
Speaking of Dillon, seeing his being imprisoned at a government black site is one of the more interesting parts of the story. He turned himself in because he felt he couldn’t control his power, but that backfired because it turns out that he’s being used as nothing more than a tool to heal old cronies and rich international government officials. What’s more, is even his powers aren’t being utilized, he’s sedated and locked up in a chair that mutes his abilities to perceive the world and those around him. That doesn’t stop the visons/dreams from haunting him though; he’s constantly haunted by images of foreboding future if he doesn’t find a way to get out of the person, and reunite with the other Shards and find a way to stop the vison from coming to pass. Add to that old and new enemies, and you have a recipe for disaster that only the combined power of the Shards can stop.
Ripe with emotion that you wouldn’t believe came from someone not in their teens (I mean, Shusterman writes the mind of teens struggling with otherworldly powers, doubts and responsibilities like no other!), plot twists, and new characters you can’t help but enjoy to love and/or hate, Shattered Sky is a fitting conclusion to Star Shard Chronicles if there ever was one. I’m glad I came across this trilogy. I’d definitely recommend it!
I have just finished this book moments ago, and I must say, that this book left me satiated after reading the first two... which left me hungry for it ever since I finished them. The book follows the plot of the three remaining shards and their path to face their newest evil yet; as a few new faces join the crew, so do some old friends... and enemies. Shusterman's work was well thought out and well planned... not to mention well researched! Thank you Shusterman for giving us this delightful conclusion... with a surprising ending!
I've followed the Star Shards Trilogy since the beginning and all I can say is that, Shusterman's conclusion is chilling. The story reaches inside you, it really affects you. In my opinion, it is one of his best works, and one of the most memorable. The messenges in it are ageless and the book will no doubt be read more than once.
I love how their weaknesses become their strengths in this series. It shows that everyone has a weakness and we should turn it to our strength granted theirs' is a little different but the same concept