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Librarian's Note: This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN 9781407188287 When the world sees Frey, they think they see her twin sister Rafi. Frey was raised to be Rafi's double, and now she's taken on the role . . . without anyone else knowing. Her goal? To destroy the forces that created her. But with the world watching and a rebellion rising, Frey is forced into a Librarian's Note: This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN 9781407188287 When the world sees Frey, they think they see her twin sister Rafi. Frey was raised to be Rafi's double, and now she's taken on the role . . . without anyone else knowing. Her goal? To destroy the forces that created her. But with the world watching and a rebellion rising, Frey is forced into a detour. Suddenly she is stranded on her own in Paz, a city where many of the citizens attempt to regulate their emotions through an interface on their arms. Paz is an easy place to get lost . . . and also an easy place to lose yourself. As the city comes under a catastrophic attack, Frey must leave the shadows and enter the chaos of warfare - because there is no other way for her to find her missing sister and have her revenge against her murderous father.


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Librarian's Note: This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN 9781407188287 When the world sees Frey, they think they see her twin sister Rafi. Frey was raised to be Rafi's double, and now she's taken on the role . . . without anyone else knowing. Her goal? To destroy the forces that created her. But with the world watching and a rebellion rising, Frey is forced into a Librarian's Note: This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN 9781407188287 When the world sees Frey, they think they see her twin sister Rafi. Frey was raised to be Rafi's double, and now she's taken on the role . . . without anyone else knowing. Her goal? To destroy the forces that created her. But with the world watching and a rebellion rising, Frey is forced into a detour. Suddenly she is stranded on her own in Paz, a city where many of the citizens attempt to regulate their emotions through an interface on their arms. Paz is an easy place to get lost . . . and also an easy place to lose yourself. As the city comes under a catastrophic attack, Frey must leave the shadows and enter the chaos of warfare - because there is no other way for her to find her missing sister and have her revenge against her murderous father.

30 review for Shatter City

  1. 5 out of 5

    Phoenix2

    The second book of the new series based in the Uglies universe was not as good as the first one. That said, however, it was enjoyable, and it had less refrences from the Uglies (thankfully). My main problem with the book was the main character, Frey. Even though she started as this strong, active, fearless youngster who was ready to kill her father and save her sister and the boy she loved, at times, like after the earthquake, she was like a kid, being told what to do and just doing it. I mean, The second book of the new series based in the Uglies universe was not as good as the first one. That said, however, it was enjoyable, and it had less refrences from the Uglies (thankfully). My main problem with the book was the main character, Frey. Even though she started as this strong, active, fearless youngster who was ready to kill her father and save her sister and the boy she loved, at times, like after the earthquake, she was like a kid, being told what to do and just doing it. I mean, where did her will and determination go? So, yes, I didn't enjoy Frey in this one as much as I did in the other book. However, the author does have loads of imagination and the action was quick and overall well paced. Plus, the whole world built was excellent. And, the twist I was waiting to happen from the previous one, cough cough the brother cough cough, kind of happened here, in a small way at least. And the twist with the feels was nice too and reminded me of Tally and her makeover back in the days. So, overall, because some parts of the book were a bit tiring, 3 out of 5 for this one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mitchell

    I keep on waiting for Scott Westerfeld to become an overnight success - which I guess would have to be a movie. Goodreads has me as having read 28 of his books. 5 3's, 2 5's and 21 4's. That's pretty consistent. I had forgotten that he had started a new series in the Uglies world. I was worried that I didn't remember enough. No matter, this book managed to remind without an info dump. And with just a fast fun sometimes dark read, with just enough interesting sf to keep it interesting. And hover I keep on waiting for Scott Westerfeld to become an overnight success - which I guess would have to be a movie. Goodreads has me as having read 28 of his books. 5 3's, 2 5's and 21 4's. That's pretty consistent. I had forgotten that he had started a new series in the Uglies world. I was worried that I didn't remember enough. No matter, this book managed to remind without an info dump. And with just a fast fun sometimes dark read, with just enough interesting sf to keep it interesting. And hover boards. The feels were done pretty well. You could definitely read this without having read any of the others, but reading the first imposters book 1 would be better.

  3. 5 out of 5

    K Whatsherface

    Is this the best book in the series? No. Did it leave me craving more? Yes. It did what a second book in a 4 part series should do. Make you want more. Also I really wouldn't mind getting this book again but from Rafi's POV. Maybe even Col's? Frey is interesting and I love her POV but she cant see everything and there is so much going on. There is a twist in this I kind of figured. Once found out about part of the twist....yeah dont want to spoil it and if I even refer to it for real I probably Is this the best book in the series? No. Did it leave me craving more? Yes. It did what a second book in a 4 part series should do. Make you want more. Also I really wouldn't mind getting this book again but from Rafi's POV. Maybe even Col's? Frey is interesting and I love her POV but she cant see everything and there is so much going on. There is a twist in this I kind of figured. Once found out about part of the twist....yeah dont want to spoil it and if I even refer to it for real I probably will. Over all....next book please

  4. 4 out of 5

    faith ✨

    We have a title! Personally, I'm not a big fan of it, but you know what? I'm basing that on the fact I've yet to read Impostors. It's silently judging me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Scarlett

    I wanted to love this book SO MUCH. The Uglies series will always have a special place in my heart as one of the best dystopian series I've ever read. Maybe it's because it was one of the first I read as a teenager of that genre, but to this day I still really think it was as amazing as I remember. I've read the original trilogy at least 3 or 4 times and I never get tired of it. It had incredible characters, an extremely well-imagined and unique world, and a twisty edge-of-your-seat plot that I wanted to love this book SO MUCH. The Uglies series will always have a special place in my heart as one of the best dystopian series I've ever read. Maybe it's because it was one of the first I read as a teenager of that genre, but to this day I still really think it was as amazing as I remember. I've read the original trilogy at least 3 or 4 times and I never get tired of it. It had incredible characters, an extremely well-imagined and unique world, and a twisty edge-of-your-seat plot that actually made you think and related to our world in a scary way. Then Impostors came along. And it of course has the well-imagined and unique world because it's the same setting we know and love. And even though the majority of the original characters make no appearance, I actually have really come to love Frey and Boss X and Col and the rest of the characters in this new series. The problem is that the plot is just not exciting or unique. I think Scott Westerfeld is a great author. And I did like the interesting addition of feels and AI cities. But I just think this is the same old YA plot of overthrow the evil government we've seen over and over. There's nothing unique, nothing meaningful, nothing that makes you think wow this could really happen in our world, no exciting twists. I like the hidden/switched twins storyline but I've read that before too. I'm happy to be back in this incredible world I've always loved, but I also kind of think this spin-off series was unnecessary. Of course I'm going to keep reading the series, and I'm hoping this is just a second-book-slump, but I was not wowed by Shatter City.

  6. 5 out of 5

    CJ

    I love that Scott Westerfeld gives personalities to cities, not just people. It's a great element of this universe. I really liked his exploration of Feels--how they can make you feel better, but also make you dependent. Quite an interesting concept. Really liked Boss X, and I really liked Essa as well. She didn't get a whole lot of page time, but she had an impact for sure. And wow, the insights into Rafi's personality...just wow. No spoilers. Eager for book three!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Libby McDermott Voight

    I know I'm going to love everything Westerfeld writes and Shatter City is no exception. I think a main reason I love his books is that while they're super YA-tropey (in all the best ways) those tropes also get called out on the page. For example in the Uglies series Tally is the typical unaware, selfish teen MC, but Shay especially routinely calls her out on it and we get to see her character growth as Tally becomes more thoughtful and self-aware throughout the series. This book starts with Frey I know I'm going to love everything Westerfeld writes and Shatter City is no exception. I think a main reason I love his books is that while they're super YA-tropey (in all the best ways) those tropes also get called out on the page. For example in the Uglies series Tally is the typical unaware, selfish teen MC, but Shay especially routinely calls her out on it and we get to see her character growth as Tally becomes more thoughtful and self-aware throughout the series. This book starts with Frey putting Col, a boy she just met and fell for, ahead of herself, her sister, and in some ways the war effort by staying in Shreve and pretending to be Rafi. But that's called out on the page in the first chapter and we get to see Frey struggle with her relationship with Col and what it means to protect her sister (or try to) and how to balance her relationship with her sister, with Col, and obligation to the fight against her father. In Shatter City I love the world-building and the glimpses we get of other cities and societies as Frey goes to Paz. In true Uglies fashion this book deals with the themes of conservation, environmentalism, capitalism, and government control versus freedom. Frey is especially struggling with the idea of identity (for good reason as she has to go back and forth between pretending to be her sister and then various versions of herself), found family, and we delve into her emotional intelligence (or lack-thereof.) In a world where you can get surgery and modifications to look and be whatever you want it makes sense that people came up with a way to feel whatever emotions they want with little emoji buttons on their arms to control how they feel. I appreciate that characters do discuss depression and the chemical imbalance that can cause mental and emotional issues. My other favorite part of Westerfeld's writing is that we get so much character development and background without sacrificing the fast-pace of the plot. The story is constantly moving and keeps you on the edge of your seat and I can't wait to read what happens next, I for one hope we get to see more of Frey working alongside Col and her dynamic with Rafi.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mari Johnston

    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. Content Warnings: earthquakes, emergency medical needs Holy guacamole. And I thought Imposters was good….. Filled with action that continuously keeps the stakes at an all-time high, Scott Westerfeld gives an incredible examination into self-discovery, family, and the regulation of emotions. Shatter City is the perfect continuation of the Uglies series. Imposters was good but this second installment takes the series to an This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl. Content Warnings: earthquakes, emergency medical needs Holy guacamole. And I thought Imposters was good….. Filled with action that continuously keeps the stakes at an all-time high, Scott Westerfeld gives an incredible examination into self-discovery, family, and the regulation of emotions. Shatter City is the perfect continuation of the Uglies series. Imposters was good but this second installment takes the series to an entirely different level. We saw a glimpse of the Uglies’ personality in Imposters and I’m so excited to say that Shatter City contains so much more. I loved the amount of bubbly speak and new technology we were introduced to. It truly felt like I was back inside Tally Youngblood’s universe. The Smoke lives. Every single page is action-packed and the story moves at an astonishing pace. Westerfeld doesn’t once give you a chance to catch your breath and instead will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page. The chapters were all fairly short so I felt like I was flying through the book which matched the pacing perfectly. There were twists and turns around every corner and I loved that I was constantly left guessing. It was never so much that I felt confused but instead enough to take me on a wild ride. And that twist on the end? I can’t say much about it because spoilers but I thought I had it all figured out and oh how wrong I was. We’ve played the game of lies for so long, I don’t know how to change the rules. Imposters did a great job of introducing us to these characters and I was impressed with how well Shatter City expanded on them. We learn so much more about each of them and the progression and development they go through feels right and makes sense. Frey, Rafia, and Col all essentially want the same things but they each have very different ways of going about obtaining their goal. Westerfeld brings a great amount of extra depth to each of the characters and explores some important themes regarding familial obligations, technology, emotions, and privacy. Westerfeld’s books have always been a great examination of where the world is at and the direction it’s going and Shatter City is no exception. I do suggest reading Imposters before heading into Shatter City, and while to get the full experience you should also read the Uglies series first, it is possible to jump into this continuation blind. It honestly feels like an Uglies for a new generation while still catering and giving so much to those of us that have been long-time fans of the world. A physical ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Additionally, all quotes should be checked for changes against the final copy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    “The Smoke Lives!” (Yea!!) In Book 2 of Scott Westerfeld’s Impostors series, readers are going to get plenty of hover board action and some pretty outstanding AI and cool gadgets to entertain and intrigue readers who are new to the world after Tally Youngblood and those who have loved it since the Uglies first hit the YA dystopian shelves. It is highly recommended to wait on this installment until after reading Impostors, but it is not necessary to have the foundations from the four book Uglies “The Smoke Lives!” (Yea!!) In Book 2 of Scott Westerfeld’s Impostors series, readers are going to get plenty of hover board action and some pretty outstanding AI and cool gadgets to entertain and intrigue readers who are new to the world after Tally Youngblood and those who have loved it since the Uglies first hit the YA dystopian shelves. It is highly recommended to wait on this installment until after reading Impostors, but it is not necessary to have the foundations from the four book Uglies series. That being said, this fan excitedly turned the page after any rebel declared that the smoke lived and hoped that Tally was going to make her appearance and those who have not read her series will not feel that anticipation! Libraries with other Westerfeld works and/or an avid dystopian fan base will absolutely need this title and despite its classification as YA, Westerfeld keeps profanity and sexual content at a near zero level. In truth, I don’t see any objectionable material in this series for middle grade readers with the ability to understand the technology described and the complex plot twists, but as professional reviews classify it as YA, I cannot place it on my 4th-5th shelves. Thanks so much for the dARC, Edelweiss! It was a pleasure to get an early look.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jodie- Readthewriteact

    I think I might like this sequel more than the original. The plot again, was fairly fast paced but I felt that it also allowed for more of Frey's character development which I was after. The plot is full of many twists and turns with a Sci-Fi edge to it. It is a gripping read that draws into wanting to see the conclusion, which might add did not disappointment. I would like to learn more about Rafi's character in the next book because I don't feel she is as well rounded as Frey.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ilana

    It’s been a while since we’ve been in this series but this second book gives us all the feels you could hope for. (definitely an overused phrase in this story though). Anyhow, like the summary says, we are thrown right back into the middle of a war – where Rafi and Frey are against their father because all he has in mind is to destroy the world for motives unknown aside from a need for power. When we left off, Frey traded places with Rafi in the hopes of saving her love Col, and well, we know how It’s been a while since we’ve been in this series but this second book gives us all the feels you could hope for. (definitely an overused phrase in this story though). Anyhow, like the summary says, we are thrown right back into the middle of a war – where Rafi and Frey are against their father because all he has in mind is to destroy the world for motives unknown aside from a need for power. When we left off, Frey traded places with Rafi in the hopes of saving her love Col, and well, we know how that turned out. The bomb collar was switched from one sister to the other, meaning that identities had to be faked yet again. Frey at least had the chance to be with Col in these unusual circumstances, all while trying to figure out how they could both get out unscathed. Thankfully, Col has his allies on call and they were able to devise a plan to get them out and hopefully on the road to freedom. The challenge here is that Frey is on the hunt for Rafi since her entire life she was raised to protect her sister. She learns that her sister is in a city called Paz, the next target for their father, both for the notion that Rafi is there but also because Paz is a city that believes in true freedom and doesn’t conscribe to the notion of dust or spying. It’s truly free. Their father threatens devastation that no one can fathom, a Rusty weapon that appears like natural destruction and then invasion. What Frey finds when she gets there is a mess. She learns that Rafi is gone and that she’s left everything to Frey in the meantime. she’s set up an apartment, made sure she’s taken care of, but the reasoning behind it is still a semi mystery to Frey. That’s really what a lot of this story is about. There are semi truths or incomplete pieces of information that everyone’s working with and we don’t yet know what’s intentional, what’s accidental and what the end result here could be. There’s so much going on that i don’t know where to start otherwise. We spend time in Paz trying to broadcast that their father is evil and is trying to take over the world, yet he’s a step ahead and while he’s destroyed the city, he appears to be the first to help build it back up. There’s a secret there that they don’t yet know the motivation behind, and when we do figure it out, there’s no surprise. Then there’s the issue of Rafi being out in the Wild, with rebels and we don’t know what her end game is. Trying to locate her gets Frey caught by a neighboring city and held captive in the hopes of securing a stronger network of allies. When she’s freed by Col and his crew, we start to see the story speed up. there are Easter Eggs throughout this story that trigger questions. The Paz AI tells Frey about something called ‘Iron Mountain’ but there’s no context to what it is ,where it is and what it will do. When we get to the wilds, we learn that a few people have deeper insight and it could be a key to unlocking a lot of information. Then there’s a hint that someone that the girls know of may be in the rebels, and that there’s a key link there to Rafi’s focus on being out there. She has heard rumors and if they are true then there may be hope. The way that this specific story line plays out is so shocking though that i’m glad i assumed wrong for the bulk of the time. We are left at a point of hope, yet a point of instability. There’s no clear direction on who will win, if their father can be bested and what that will mean to the world. Relationships continue to grow and build, and there’s something solid and sweet about each friendship and romance. The depth that we get to see psychologically with everyone is really intense as well and that’s a new feature to all of the stories that i’ve read by our amazing author. There’s an interesting idea here that we get throughout both the Uglies and the Imposters series. Originally when you read Uglies, you see that people are never happy with what they have naturally and as a result, they surgically change or enhance everything that’s possible to change about themselves. What we learned there is that it’s not always better and sometimes tech makes things worse. What we have in this series is a tease of that since most of the modifications are now illegal, with only a few Specials remaining for example, but there’s such fear and mis information on what it was that led to the need for Surg. There’s fear of invaded privacy and that you’re never allowed to be free. It makes you wonder if this is going to be our future. The way that we enhance ourselves and the way that we allow innovative technology to watch all of our activities and even help to make life easier…..just a philosophical question today about what’s good and right and worth the stress. Ponder away until we get book 3.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kate Gravelle

    A little about trust, failure and trying to do the right thing without know if it’s truly the right thing. Decent book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    thegirlonfire

    listened to this on audiobook and read the arc copy. idk if it was bc i was also listening but idk i liked imposters wayy more.. i still love the world and the tech and the terms. but idk its just an ok sequel. i like frey but the rest of the characters i dont really know much or care much about.the book is fast pace and has cool scenes but didnt love it. still gonna read the 3th book when it comes out ofc.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Renata

    fuck!!! why is Scott Westerfeld so good!!!! I didn't love Impostors but this one builds up the world and its technologies in such a SMART way, I'm obsessed. I also sort of thought the switched-twin dynamic would get old but honestly????? It kept working??? What the fuck???? Also the REVEAL at the end aaaaaaaa (view spoiler)[ This isn't even the big reveal but the thing about the Pax feels being emojis killed meeeee :') But while I'm under spoiler text omg on one hand burying your gays isn't ideal fuck!!! why is Scott Westerfeld so good!!!! I didn't love Impostors but this one builds up the world and its technologies in such a SMART way, I'm obsessed. I also sort of thought the switched-twin dynamic would get old but honestly????? It kept working??? What the fuck???? Also the REVEAL at the end aaaaaaaa (view spoiler)[ This isn't even the big reveal but the thing about the Pax feels being emojis killed meeeee :') But while I'm under spoiler text omg on one hand burying your gays isn't ideal but on the other hand I'm so ready for GAY REVENGE (hide spoiler)] (LOL I just went back and re-read my review of Impostors where I said, "I suppose this is a new series starter but I found myself wishing for a little bit more of world-building? Like Extras, this seems to be very much about privacy and how having or not having it impacts a society. But hopefully future books will dig into that more." MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Karen Barber

    Sometimes the second book in a series doesn’t really capture your imagination, though it sets things in place. I honestly didn’t feel that - as there’s a lot of distractions here to flesh characters out and start to develop the bigger picture. Having willingly chosen to remain behind, Frey now has to convince everyone she is her sister. She puts in place a plan to marry Col and seems to be in support of her father. The menace coming from this guy cannot be underestimated - when he tells Frey the Sometimes the second book in a series doesn’t really capture your imagination, though it sets things in place. I honestly didn’t feel that - as there’s a lot of distractions here to flesh characters out and start to develop the bigger picture. Having willingly chosen to remain behind, Frey now has to convince everyone she is her sister. She puts in place a plan to marry Col and seems to be in support of her father. The menace coming from this guy cannot be underestimated - when he tells Frey the plan, it made my heart sink somewhat. To cut a long story short, Frey finds herself outside the protection of all she’s loved as she tries to find her sister and save a city. Clear parts to this keep the story moving nicely, and there’s plenty of hints about characters/events that really have me quite excited about what’s to come.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Wallflower

    I don't review favorite authors. The first half was a little slow for me, the time in Paz mostly. But I realized by the end it was necessary, to really get a general feel for the city, so we can mourn losing it. The last half I really enjoyed- Westerfeld delivered the action and twists I was looking for, as he always does. It's no wonder Frey longs for the Feels the way she does. It's her way of being able to choose how she can feel, since it seems her whole life, and even now people are still I don't review favorite authors. The first half was a little slow for me, the time in Paz mostly. But I realized by the end it was necessary, to really get a general feel for the city, so we can mourn losing it. The last half I really enjoyed- Westerfeld delivered the action and twists I was looking for, as he always does. It's no wonder Frey longs for the Feels the way she does. It's her way of being able to choose how she can feel, since it seems her whole life, and even now people are still choosing who she is, for her. Can't wait for the next installment.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lesr Kew

    This was great but not as good as the first one in my opinion. A few times I had to reread what was happening because the actions and words were very “other-worldly”. But it was jammed packed full of adventure and it ended with a bang as well. Emotional.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nathaniel

    This book. THIS BOOK. Scott Westerfeld outdid himself with it. Everyone needs to read it. I want to reread the entire Uglies series and put these at the end because I love the connections. Agh. My book heart is screaming.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Pretty good book, but definitely felt like it was laying the ground work for the rest of the series (as most 2nd in a series do). Will continue with the series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Leah (Jane Speare)

    I think I liked Shatter City more than Impostors! Way cool new tech, good ol' slang, and some separation from gushy romance. I sped through this one.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Miranda

    Whew. What a ride. I think I enjoyed this more than the last one.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    This series is fun but just does not compare to the first go round in this universe, the Uglies series. There are two princesses of Shreve, an evil dictator state, because the evil dictator wants an heir and a spare. That was a closely guarded secret for 17 years (I.e., their lifetimes). Now it’s out and they’re openly opposing their cruel father, who is busily trying to shatter the happy city-states that oppose him. But they’re separated for most of the book which is a shame, since the This series is fun but just does not compare to the first go round in this universe, the Uglies series. There are two princesses of Shreve, an evil dictator state, because the evil dictator wants an heir and a spare. That was a closely guarded secret for 17 years (I.e., their lifetimes). Now it’s out and they’re openly opposing their cruel father, who is busily trying to shatter the happy city-states that oppose him. But they’re separated for most of the book which is a shame, since the relationship between the two sisters is the most compelling part of the scenario. Some interesting imagination of technology here, especially rows of buttons that look like emoticons embedded into people’s wrists that make them feel a certain way (Calm, Morning Buzz, Eloquent, Melancholy, Resolute, etc) when the buttons are pressed. Action adventure galore. But the original Uglies series made me think, had a certain fatefulness about it almost as if Westerfeld were discovering the story instead of inventing it. This just does not come up to that level.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Grace Kathleen

    **I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange from an honest review although I suck and haven't written the review until now** This book gave me all the feels. Scott Westerfeld has once again solidified why he's my favorite author--his books literally never disappoint. If you haven't picked up this series yet, I don't know what you're doing. We all loved Uglies, and this is Uglies 2.0. The world is expanded, the characters are even more complex, and the plot twists are somehow still **I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange from an honest review although I suck and haven't written the review until now** This book gave me all the feels. Scott Westerfeld has once again solidified why he's my favorite author--his books literally never disappoint. If you haven't picked up this series yet, I don't know what you're doing. We all loved Uglies, and this is Uglies 2.0. The world is expanded, the characters are even more complex, and the plot twists are somehow still surprising me. You would think I'd start to figure these things out by now. One thing I loved about this book is the emphasis on Frey & Rafi's relationship as sisters. Frey truly digs into how she feels about her rather complex relationship with her sister...like she literally installs "feels" in her arm to deal with things. Feels are these little emojis that line the arms of people in Paz, which help you experience particular emotions. This was such an interesting SciFi concept and Westerfeld explored it masterfully. With this book, I'm starting to see how the social media age has informed Westerfeld's writing and message within this world. There are some wonderful themes shining through his lovely writing style, and I really hope you can experience it for yourself. Book 3 cannot come fast enough!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    Shatter City is the second novel in Scott Westerfeld’s latest series, The Imposters. Set after the events during The Uglies, this is a series sure to draw in all of his old fans once again. Frey and Rafi are twins, though until recently the world only ever knew about Rafi. Thanks to the brutal tactics of their father, Frey has been forced to go above and beyond – joining her father’s enemies in order to save as many lives as possible. Okay, and it doesn’t hurt that Frey will finally allowed to be Shatter City is the second novel in Scott Westerfeld’s latest series, The Imposters. Set after the events during The Uglies, this is a series sure to draw in all of his old fans once again. Frey and Rafi are twins, though until recently the world only ever knew about Rafi. Thanks to the brutal tactics of their father, Frey has been forced to go above and beyond – joining her father’s enemies in order to save as many lives as possible. Okay, and it doesn’t hurt that Frey will finally allowed to be herself in the process. Or so she hoped and thought. Things haven’t gone quite as planned during her rebellion, and that somehow leads her right to Paz. Paz is one of the few truly free cities in this world. It’s also her father’s next target. Frey doesn’t know what is in store, but she’s not going to sit idly by and watch her father destroy an entire nation for the sake of his greed. “The vast silence rings my whole body. My lungs are full of dust, my vision swimming.” Warnings: Shatter City did contain some graphic elements to it. Mainly there is one disaster that occurs – it appears to be a natural one, but it brings about it so much destruction and death. The descriptions are graphic and make it all feel painfully real. Also worth noting: there’s a dependency on chemicals for emotions in Paz. I won’t say more than that, for sake of spoilers. As a major fan of The Uglies, I was so unbelievably excited when Scott Westerfeld announced The Imposters series. The first novel was not what I expected, but a blast to read nonetheless. This time around I felt like I had a better idea of what to expect for Shatter City. And once again Westerfeld surprised me. Shatter City was a tumultuous experience all around. By all appearances, Frey has bitten off more than she can chew, when she decided to go to war with her father. And yet there’s never been any doubt that it was the right move. I think what really shocked me about this novel was just how emotional and impactful it was. I think I had forgotten some of the gut punches The Uglies threw my way, back in the day (some, not all. It’s impossible to get over some of what was done there). Frey has not had a happy life, and this is the novel where she was finally given a chance to come to terms with all of that. It was powerful to read her ordeal and introspections. It made Frey feel more real, and in a way, it made the war with her father feel so much farther off. But that’s a dangerous mistake to make. Honestly, while I really enjoyed reading Shatter City, I found myself stuck on one part in particular: Paz. I’m utterly fascinated with this city. Or more accurately, I’m fascinated by the AI that runs the city. I desperately want to know more about it. And I want to see more of the other cities that function in similar but different ways. To my knowledge, there’s going to be at least two more books in this series, though they don’t yet seem to have titles (here’s hoping we learn that information soon!). I’m looking forward to seeing what will be next for Frey and Rafi. And the rest of the rebellion too, for that matter. For more reviews check out Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Probably more like 3.75? While still enjoying it, I was a bit meh on this book compared to Impostors, for a number of reasons. The good: The worldbuilding and ideas underlying the book remain fascinating. How the previous civilization (our current one) is considered by the book's civilizations, how technology impacted the different cities, and how what you grow up with becomes your normal and basis for comparison was all well done. I especially liked the 'feels' (except for their name), how they Probably more like 3.75? While still enjoying it, I was a bit meh on this book compared to Impostors, for a number of reasons. The good: The worldbuilding and ideas underlying the book remain fascinating. How the previous civilization (our current one) is considered by the book's civilizations, how technology impacted the different cities, and how what you grow up with becomes your normal and basis for comparison was all well done. I especially liked the 'feels' (except for their name), how they were based on emojis (without explicit spelling that out), and how there were defensible arguments for and against getting them. I also appreciated that Frey seems to have grown a bit, and that while she sometimes makes dumb decisions she acts pretty consistently and they make sense with her background/personality. I also like that she continues (understandably) to struggle with identity issues but retains her connections with people and loyalty. The exploration of her emotions and how she ended up using then needing the feels was well done and interesting I thought. Finally, I liked that the rebels and Victoria people didn't particularly like each other, and their distrust didn't magically vanish because they had a mutual enemy. Finally, once it got past the intro/recap section and got moving, the book was thrilling and hard to put down as usual. The short chapters and stripped down sentence structure make it easy to just keep reading and I finished it in two days. The meh: A significant chunk of the beginning was recapping the previous book. I know a lot of it was necessary because it's been a year since the first came out, but it was...unsubtle. In addition, I can't get over how bland/banal I find Frey and Col's romance. I was so relieved when they went to separate locations for a good chunk of the book, which is never a good sign for the romance. It's not like I think they're bad for each other, I just find their interactions with other characters than each other way more interesting. I appreciated that Frey prioritizing him above all was [rightfully] criticized by another character at least, as it might have prevented the freeing of their city. My personal disappointments: Honestly, I was really disappointed that Rafi was barely present in the book (just like the first one), until the end although her shadow stretched over most of Frey's actions. I just really want to get to know her - she seems fascinating. I honestly think I would have preferred if the book was written from her perspective - she sounds like she has a lot of incredibly complicated things going on inside, there would be no tepid romance, and she takes initiative. I'm also curious as to what went down between her and the Victoria people. I was kind of disappointed that it ends with Frey seemingly pulling away from her? I really hope they get to interact more in the next book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)

    I really liked Shatter City! It was an interesting read, and I was curious to see how things would work out after the way Impostors ended. It didn’t disappoint, and I definitely want to know what happens next. It was interesting to follow both Frey and Rafi. It was pretty interesting to see how they did the good old twins pretending to be each other thing. Even though this series follows Frey, there is part of me that wonders what things are really like for Rafi, and I’d love to see a chapter or I really liked Shatter City! It was an interesting read, and I was curious to see how things would work out after the way Impostors ended. It didn’t disappoint, and I definitely want to know what happens next. It was interesting to follow both Frey and Rafi. It was pretty interesting to see how they did the good old twins pretending to be each other thing. Even though this series follows Frey, there is part of me that wonders what things are really like for Rafi, and I’d love to see a chapter or two from her perspective. I don’t think I need a whole book from her perspective, or even a good chunk of any book following her, but a chapter or two could be interesting. We see more of the world that Frey lives in, which was really nice. It makes me wonder how much more of the world we’ll see in the rest of the series, and I can’t wait to see if we’ll stay pretty close to where we’ve been, or if there will be a lot more traveling involved. If she’s going to go after her father, she can’t go far, but she’ll also need allies, so I’m curious to see if anyone will help her, or if they’ll just go along with it. It also makes me wonder about the geography of the world she lives in versus where the original Uglies trilogy took place. Is it close to where Tally’s from, or in a completely different area? I’d kill for a map of Frey’s world just so I know where things are in relation to each other. I feel like Rafi and Frey really come into their own in this book. There’s definitely room for growth and change, of course, but Rafi does some things I would not have expected. And Frey…I felt for her. She has a lot to deal with, especially with the revelations about her brother. I did not see that coming, and I so want more about him and how he got to that point. That’s a story I really want to know, even though I know we’d only get bits and pieces. And that’s assuming we get anything else during the rest of the series. I really hope we see them in a world where they don’t have to deal with their father. It makes me wonder who they’ll become and how they’ll change if he’s someone they don’t have to deal with or worry about. I’m pretty sure we won’t see that but I can’t help but wonder what their world would be like if he wasn’t a factor. I’m also curious to see if we’ll see Tally. She’s definitely mentioned, and her story was definitely finished. But part of me wonders how she is, what she’s up to and if she wants to help get rid of Frey’s dad. I want Frey and Rafi to deal with this on their own, but part of me does want Tally to randomly show up and help out. My Rating: 4 stars. I really liked Shatter City, and I really liked seeing how big this world is.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alexa Abee

    You can check out this review and my other reviews at Writing the Universe Title: Shatter City (Imposters #2) Author: Scott Westerfeld Pub. Date: September 17, 2019 Rating: .5 This will be a spoiler free review! Being back int the world of the Uglies is always fun. It was one of the first YA Dystopian series I ever read, therefore solidifying a fond place in my heart. Now, if Netflix would please pick it up and adapt it, that would be fantastic. It’s been a little over a year since I read Imposters – You can check out this review and my other reviews at Writing the Universe Title: Shatter City (Imposters #2) Author: Scott Westerfeld Pub. Date: September 17, 2019 Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 This will be a spoiler free review! Being back int the world of the Uglies is always fun. It was one of the first YA Dystopian series I ever read, therefore solidifying a fond place in my heart. Now, if Netflix would please pick it up and adapt it, that would be fantastic. It’s been a little over a year since I read Imposters – review here – and I found it a little hard to get into this book. It kind of felt like it was suffering from middle book syndrome, where the characters are just biding their time before the big showdown in book 3. With that being said, there were some aspects of this book that I really liked. The idea of “feels” not really controlling them but enhancing them is super interesting and definitely unique to this world. It’s definitely reminiscent of the Pretty Regime and felt kind of like a throwback to the original trilogy. I also loved the icons used to depict the different emotions…so clearly emojis. That something that I’ve always really enjoyed and admired about these books. They call back to the past quite often. The original series did it as well, and it’s interesting to think about what the next wave of humans will do/accomplish. And I’m not talking about the next generation, but generations down the line, when Earth may or may not be unrecognizable to us. It’s kind of a scary concept but also one my sci-fi loving heart thinks about from time to time. I’m excited for book three and I’m really curious about how Frey and Rafi’s relationship is going to play out. This book focused mainly on Frey struggling with who she is. Having been forced into the shadows as her sisters double, to never be allowed to exist, to having to pretend to be Rafi, it’s understandable that Frey is having a bit of an identity crisis. Rafi doesn’t make it easy for Frey…nor does the rest of the world or Col. I won’t go into any detail, because spoilers! If you’re a fan of the Uglies Series and enjoyed Imposters, you won’t want to miss the next installment in Frey’s attempts to dismantle her father’s ever-growing regime and figure out who she is and what she stands for. Out September 17, 2019 – TODAY – make sure you pick up your copy!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kate Waggoner

    @kidlitexchange #partner Thank you to the #kidlitexchange network, the publisher @scholasticinc, and the author @scott_westerfeld for the advance copy of Shatter City. Shatter City will hit shelves on September 17, 2019. This is the second book in the Impostors series and it picks up right where the first leaves off. Frey is trapped in Shreve pretending to be Rafia in order to save Col. During this time, Rafia pretends to be Frey to continue the resistance. Eventually, Frey finds herself alone in @kidlitexchange #partner Thank you to the #kidlitexchange network, the publisher @scholasticinc, and the author @scott_westerfeld for the advance copy of Shatter City. Shatter City will hit shelves on September 17, 2019. This is the second book in the Impostors series and it picks up right where the first leaves off. Frey is trapped in Shreve pretending to be Rafia in order to save Col. During this time, Rafia pretends to be Frey to continue the resistance. Eventually, Frey finds herself alone in Paz searching for her sister while simultaneously trying to thwart her father's plans. The narrative voice in Shatter City, and the Impostors series in general, is enthralling. There is strong focus in the novel on identity, technology, and also family. I enjoyed that this book focused a lot on the dynamics between Frey and Rafia and their relationship. The romance between Frey and Col, while present, seemed to take more of a backseat role in this book (which I honestly didn't mind). I also liked that the rebels played a large role in this book. I was left with a lot of questions at the end of Impostors (which I'm assuming was the plan since it's book 1 in a series) and Shatter City answered several of my questions and even a few I didn't think to ask. One of the things I think I'm enjoying the most in this series is the world building. It's done so well and each chapter seems to reveal something new about the world Frey and Rafia live in. Westerfeld also did a good job of referring back to book 1 and providing background information. While I wouldn't recommend it (because I totally loved book 1), I feel you could read book 2 without having read book 1 and still enjoy it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cheyenne

    This was another great addition to the Uglies universe. I'm really enjoying the story of Rafia and Frey and the way that it has evolved over time. I was particularly impressed with the twist at the end of this book; though I've been trying to figure it out since the first book, it still took my by surprise while making perfect sense and going along with everything else that happened better than any explanation I thought of would have. However, there were also a few new worldbuilding elements I This was another great addition to the Uglies universe. I'm really enjoying the story of Rafia and Frey and the way that it has evolved over time. I was particularly impressed with the twist at the end of this book; though I've been trying to figure it out since the first book, it still took my by surprise while making perfect sense and going along with everything else that happened better than any explanation I thought of would have. However, there were also a few new worldbuilding elements I really liked. This is the first book I've ever seen containing a sci-fi element that was directly influenced by internet slang and emojis, and I thought it was really cool seeing that worked in and interpreted in a new way by a culture that came after us and didn't know the original context. I also liked the way the people of this future interpreted their knowledge of corporations. I love the satire that can be derived from when something from our culture is examined from a foreign perspective. The only negative thing I have to say about this book at all was that there were a couple of sloppy writing mistakes, particularly toward the end. Mostly, they were just typos or slightly mis-constructed sentences, though there was one simile that I didn't like (simply because it was describing what was literally happening and not actually making a comparison). The writing was mostly solid, however, so I think these may have been the result of an editor who didn't have quite enough time to finish their job, and therefore I didn't count it against my rating of the book as a whole. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Almost from the first page, Shatter City is full of action! Told in the first person, the story follows Frey, the biologically engineered twin of the First Daughter of Shreve, born to serve as her sister’s body double, with no legal identity of her own. Only her sister, their father, and her trainers know she even exists. In this second installment of Westerfeld’s Impostors, Frey’s sister Rafia is missing. Frey must stand in for her under the spotlights, attending parties and getting ready to Almost from the first page, Shatter City is full of action! Told in the first person, the story follows Frey, the biologically engineered twin of the First Daughter of Shreve, born to serve as her sister’s body double, with no legal identity of her own. Only her sister, their father, and her trainers know she even exists. In this second installment of Westerfeld’s Impostors, Frey’s sister Rafia is missing. Frey must stand in for her under the spotlights, attending parties and getting ready to marry the boy she (Frey) actually loves, but who is engaged to her sister in a plan to smooth over the political situation between Shreve and a city their father has recently decimated. Frey knows her father’s way is brutal – She sides with the rebels and must find a way to break free, find her sister, and live as her own true self. This book can be enjoyed without having read the first in the series. Westerfeld does a great job of filling in enough details without boring the reader with too much backstory. There’s also a treat for folks who have read his earlier works, as it becomes clear that these are set within the same universe. There’s also a big reveal at the end that may surprise some readers. This book is for readers who like to jump head first into the action, and don’t mind a little peril and betrayal. There’s romance (but not explicit sex), war, (but not gory on-page violence), and horrible actors (but also noble ones.) For fans of Westerfeld’s Uglies series, Hunger Games, and All Rights Reserved. "So your government knows I'm here." "Certainly not . . . No self-respecting free city would allow politicians to weigh in on refugee issues." [p.128] "I have an apartment?" "Free cities don't let refugees sleep in parks." [p.130]

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