Was Fractured as good as the first book in the Slated series? I don’t know. Both of them have got four stars but for different reasons. Slated got four stars because the build up of characters was brilliant and the story-telling was amazing.
Fractured received four stars because of the last half of the book. It was fast, action-packed and jaw-dropping.
Kyla shouldn’t remember anything from before she was Slated, but dark secrets of her past will not stay buried. Caught in a tug of war between Lorder oppression and the fight for freedom, her past and present race towards a collision she may not survive. While her desperate search for Ben continues, who can she trust in this world of secrets and lies?
I thought at first that Fractured was going to put me in a major reading slump. The ending of Slated wasn’t the best and that meant that I wasn’t that eager to start reading the second one.
Fractured was slow at first and it took a while to get going. And by a while, I mean about 150 pages. I just didn’t feel motivated to read it – and a book should not make you feel like that.
The one thing that was very different in this book was the romance. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I haven’t used the ‘romance’ tag for this book. That’s because there is no romance in it. It is pure character development and Terry focuses on the idea of the corrupted world that Kyla lives in and also focuses on her relationships with other characters such as Aiden, Mac, Mum and Amy.
“Seeing what scares you for what it is does not lessen the terror. It still has the power to break your heart, over and over again.”– Teri Terry, Fractured
We also see a lot, lot more of a certain character-that-I-cannot-mention because of spoilers. When this character is fully introduced into the book and becomes more of a main character than a secondary character, the book becomes so much more exciting and we see a lot more of the AGT (Free UK)
What’s interesting about this whole series is that it portrays the idea of dissociative identity disorder. Kyla (because of the Slating and certain people) suffers from a split personality and has identity issues. She doesn’t know who the ‘real’ her is and is constantly fighting one or the other. I think this is a subject that is very hard to write about and Terry does it in a way that isn’t obvious, but you know that it’s there and that it’s a huge underlying factor of her character.
Like Slated, Fractured has a lot of shocking moments where you just want to scream and cry and send an angry tweet to Terry asking why she does this to us. It also has a very interesting ending that leads beautifully into the third book.