Title: Shatter City (Imposters #2)
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Pub. Date: September 17, 2019
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.
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!