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Title: Scorpion Shards
   Author: Neal Shusterman
   Release Date: May 7th, 2013

     Six teens struggle to discover the source of their strange and horrific abilities in this first book of The Star Shards Chronicles.

     Dillon has the terrifying power to create massive amounts of destruction with the slightest tweak of his will. Deanna is so consumed by fear, it has become like a black hole, drawing to her the very things that terrify her. Then, when the glare of a supernova sixteen light-years away illuminates the night sky, they have a vision: There are six of them out there, all teenagers, and all suffering from supernatural afflictions that disfigure their bodies and souls. Only by finding one another will the six ever be strong enough to defeat these mysterious forces that, bit by bit, are devouring their souls from the inside out.

     Acclaimed author Neal Shusterman "combines personal quest, horror, and science fiction into an absorbing exploration of good and evil, guilt, forgiveness and personal responsibility" (VOYA) in this thrilling start to a riveting trilogy.

     Originally published by Tor Fantasy in 1995.

My Stance:

     Ever since I finished Unwind, I have been seeking Shusterman's books like crazy. I loved his style of writing, and how every page had a point to get across. Every paragraph had a message and a point to convey. The characters he wove created something inside of you, and more and more I felt like I belonged to them and was attached more so than anything previous. I loved the emotion and the tragedy wrote through the novel, but at the same time I sat and rejoiced with them. The first book I read from him, wasn't some simple story, it was a journey that I took, and it wasn't one of those books that I just forgot.

     In this novel though, I love how he takes six seemingly ordinary teens and gives them something extraordinary and yet catastrophic. I wonder what powers they were given actually are, but at the same time. The idea that the same power causes their bodies to disfigure, but also what's purpose of the power and unity they all must posses to stay alive. However at the same time, is this book split between the differing perspectives. I loved that idea, and more often than anything it's the generic image that with power comes responsibility, in this case it's more forced than a choice.
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