Wednesday, June 11, 2014
WEDNESDAY REVIEW: Shattered
Author: Shelby K. Morrison
Genre: science fiction, thriller
Price: $3.99 (ebook) / $10.82 (paperback)
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Point of Sale: various retailer via author’s site
Reviewed by: Chris Gerrib
In chapter 1 of Shelby K. Morrison’s new book Shattered, Alexandria Bowen knifed a man while attempting to stop him from an armed robbery. She survives, but the cashier at the convenience store catches a stray bullet and dies. Alex, a woman just out of college, is distraught at what happens, not without reason. While in this distraught phase, Alex throws a potted plant at a mirror in her apartment. The plant goes through the mirror and reveals a hidden observatory. Things proceed to get weirder from there, involving private islands and people who disappeared without a trace.
I found Shattered an interesting read, and Alexandria Bowen a believable character. Alex is no superwoman, and her lack of experience, super-strength and just general humanity cause many a believable problem. I also liked Alex’s realistic emotional responses to the things she end up doing.
Having said that, I found many a nit to pick with Morrison’s plot. Islands just can’t be made to disappear (ships tend to run into them if nothing else) and I found some of the decisions made by the Big Bad to be questionable. I also felt that the ending was a bit too pat. But these are quibbles – in general Shattered is a fun read.