This review is for the second book in the Slated trilogy and so may contain spoilers from the first book.
Fractured by Teri Terry
Release: 4th April 2013
Genre: Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Young Adult, Identity
Source: Received in exchange for an honest review from the publishers
"How do you know where to go when you don't remember where you came from? Kyla's memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost for ever. Or so she thought. Kyla shouldn't be able to remember anything. But she can - and she's beginning to realise that there are a lot of dark secrets locked away in her memories. When a mysterious man from her past comes back into her life, she thinks she's on her way to finding the truth. But the more she learns about her history, the more confusing her future becomes..."Review
I love when the second book in a trilogy is just as strong as the first book. I love it even more when the second book propels the series to a whole other level! Fractured jumps straight into the action and mystery of a slated Britain and whilst I loved Slated, I came to love Fractured even more which is such a rarity for a middle book.
My favourite thing about Fractured is that we get to find out a whole lot more about slating and why Kyla is different. Not only is all of this really cleverly explained but it’s fascinating to read about. The book really tackles the subject of identity and how our memories are essentially the foundation of who we are. I loved reading about Kyla’s layered character and finding out why she’s so unique. I loved that straight away we are provided with some huge answers and that Teri Terry hasn’t kept them all hidden until the big finale which was something I found hugely refreshing.
The plot in Fractured allows us to see a different side to Kyla and we get to find out about her life before she was slated as she unravels memories of her past self. We also get to find out more about Free UK (better known as The Anti-Government Terrorists) as we follow the build-up to Kyla being slated. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time reading this book. It was full of action and suspense and never lets up for a moment.
Another thing I love about this series is the complex characters. I’m never quite sure who to trust because all of the characters have both good and bad in them which brings them to life on the page and makes them totally believable. My favourite characters in this book were Kyla’s mum, Tori and Katran whose own stories are just as interesting and developed as Kyla’s.
Slated was about slated Kyla. Fractured is about Kyla’s life just before she is slated and the way this book ends leads me to believe the final book to be about Kyla’s life and family from when she was Lucy. I love that each book explores a new part of Kyla’s memories and personality and how they shape and develop her as our heroine. I can’t wait for the third and final book to find out what happens next! Fractured is one of the strongest sequels I’ve ever read, this series just gets better and better!