The Scorpion Shards Mass Market Paperback – October 15, 1996
|New from||Used from|
Books with Buzz
Discover the latest buzz-worthy books, from mysteries and romance to humor and nonfiction. Explore more
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"A spellbinder!"--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A haunting but ultimately reassuring novel. Shusterman turns the pitfalls of adolescence into a landscape of nightmares. the dramatic finale is more disturbing and satisfying than the infamous prom scene from Stephen King's Carrie."--Kirkus Reviews (pointer review)
"Impossible to put down. Shusterman's blend of unusually inventive plotting, gritting writing, and unfettered imagination stands out."--The New Orleans Times-Picayune
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
This is followed by the introduction of Tory and Winston. They suffer from a contagious and painful skin condition and regressive growth condition and paralysis powers respectively. Next we meet Lourdes, an obese girl who has been the subject of horrible ridicule for as long as she could remember, coming from both peer and adult alike. Then there's Michael, a guy who's presence causes others to lose their sense of self-control.
Once we get to meet everyone, we get to see their journeys, inexplicably drawn to one another. I found myself forgetting that these kids were teenagers seeing all the things they had to go through, and my heart broke on more than occasion for them throughout the book. You would think was a teen Shusterman himself with how easily he was able to put himself in the mindset of a teenager struggling with the powers and decisions these characters struggle with. He crafted a rich and immersive world with real and memorable characters, whose actions have lasting consequences.
You want to root for these young people to overcome their fears and shortcomings, just as much as you want them to beat the "big bad" of the story, but even the "big bad" has you feeling sympathetic towards them. There really is no clear cut bad guy, at least in my eyes, in this book and those are my favorite types of stories. I don't know how I haven't heard of this author before! I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.