A fiery, action-packed installment in Mari Mancusi's heart-pounding Scorched trilogy.
Trinity, Connor, and Caleb are trying to stay under the radar, holed up in an abandoned West Texas farmhouse. Their only problem is Emmy: a baby dragon that's growing like crazy. When Emmy is caught on tape and the video goes viral, they find themselves on the run again. Their only hope comes from an old map leading to a man who has come from the future to help them. But with the government hot on their heels and Caleb's growing addiction to spending time in the Nether world, will they be able to reach him in time? And will keeping Emmy safe end up being too high a price for Trinity to pay?
If you could sum up Shattered in three words, what would they be?
Action, Mystery, Intrigue!
What did you like best about this story?
Scorched is a great story, with plenty of action, mystery, and emotional connections to the characters to keep me interested.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
I don't know where to start. I'm an adult and I enjoy dragon stories and other young adult fantasy sometimes. However, I felt like the narrator's voice came across as far too young for this story. She tried really hard, but this book includes many adult voices, as well as teenagers, and many accents, from southern, to Irish and she just couldn't handle it. All the voices sound the same- like a 10 year old girl. When she voices the adults, she does not express their emotions in a believable way. She sounds like a child, pretending to be an adult. There are a few drunken men and her attempt to speak for them was ridiculous. I was so disturbed by her voicing, I actually looked her up, to see how old she is and was really surprised to learn that she is in fact, an adult. Why did she voice adults in the story with such a childish voice? Is that all she can do? Unfortunately, this was a real distraction for me. I wish I had not purchased the audible version, and had just read the book myself. I will definitely read the third book in the Scorched series, but never, will I ever purchase any Audiobooks voiced by Miriam Volle again.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
It was a very precious moment when Emmy is in the motel room, facing the wall sadly and Trinity finally comes to her and they are able to reconcile.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Do away with the flash backs. The decisions were bad for teenagers. Letting dragon get caught while they still had a chance in the open with TV cameras as well. It just didn't make any sense.
What was most disappointing about Mari Mancusi’s story?
That the decisions were bad and the choices the main character made were just plain bad. To let her bond get torn away by a guy she just met. to let her Dragon be taken by the bad guys. She had already made up her mind to put the dragon first but when it counted she acted as if it just happen and she's acting dumb make a decisions to let Conner kill Emmy is completely stupid.
How could the performance have been better?
A better reader that made more sense or a more believable reader. Taking the truck and running into the other one.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
It moved the story because I knew they would have to fight the bad guys but with all the self sacrificing. and self loathing is just not what a teenagers do.
Any additional comments?
I hop the last book makes more sense. I hope Conner shows more redeeming qualities cause all he seems to be is a killer or labeled a killer. But he just wont seem to kill a bad guy at the least possible times.
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