In "Fractured," the second book in the trilogy that began with "Slated," Teri Terry shows that the middle installment of a series can be more than just a placeholder story. Kyla, the protagonist, realizes that her memories are returning. That should be impossible. She is a Slated, a person whose memories were erased because of treasonous behavior -- those memories should be gone forever.
What Terry accomplishes in the first few chapters is to remind the reader of what happened in the first book while not making it an obvious summary. It works amazingly well. But she doesn't stop there.
Terry slowly drops clues and hints about what happened to Kyla, or Rain (the name she remembers), before she was slated. The pieces come together and the reader learns that all is not as it appears to be. The good guys and the bad guys are more complex that one might believe at first.
Is the story a bit confusing with all the different factions? Perhaps a bit. Are the characters (except for Kyla) a bit one-dimensional? There are the bad, bad guys -- the Lorders -- who work for the government. Then there are those who fight the Lorders, the Antigovernment Terrorists (AGT), and there are those who want to find the missing people (and there are many of them).
Kyla is caught in the middle and must decide what she wants and what she believes in.
This is a good book for readers who like dystopian novels with an infusion of mystery and a pinch (just a pinch) of romance. The third book in the trilogy, Shattered, is due out in the USA in May, 2014.
Please note: This review is based on the advance review copy provided by the publisher, Nancy Paulsen Books, for review purposes.
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