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...
To be perfectly honest, the cliff hanger twist at the end of Slated was too much for me. It opened a few too many mysteries for the end of a book which wouldn't have a sequel for a year or more. I found the balance a little frustrating, since the whole story had a thriller feeling to it, and I was hoping to be fed a couple of tidbits to hold me over to book the second, instead of having a whole hornets nest of questions opened in the last couple pages. So to say I was eager for Fractured is an understatement.
Fractured gave more than adequate pay off, to make up for the ending of Slated. Although dragged out in painfully slow reveals, through another tightly wound, intense plot denouement, the history you discover about Kyla, and her her previous past selves- Lucy and Rain, is worth every baited breath. How it develops Kyla into her own person, very different from Rain and Lucy, is fascinating and ultimately where this story is going to glow in the final part.
This a very psychological dystopian thriller, and much of the tension comes from what's left unknown and unsaid. Terry has plenty of fast paced action, but the grit of the story is in the moments of quiet conversation or self discovery. The fact you never know if Dr. Lysander, Kyla's new mum, dad or Amy are on the Lorder's side, the terrorists side or no side at all is every bit as nerve rattling as the moments of violence, if not more.
This is turning into one of the more fascinating dystopians in the YA genre these days, and now that book two is ready for consumption I can't recommend the series enough. Terry's cerebral thriller will leave you guessing, and the questions it opens about humanity and what is going too far will leave you thinking long after you've finished reading it.
Fractured, by Teri Terry
Published by Orchard Books, April 4th, 2013
My copy kindly provided by the publisher