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 sequel is strong. It is more action-packed, faster-paced, and captivating than the first book, which is unusual for book two in a four-book series. Unlike many other writers in this genre, Westerfeld doesn’t draw out the circumstances. We get resolutions fairly quickly, and then the characters are thrown into something else immediately. For me, this is a total breath of fresh air, as I believe most other authors would have set this entire book in Shreve. Plus, the emotional stakes of this sequel are sharpened, building upon the groundwork in IMPOSTERS. Frey has to navigate her world separated from her sister and Col, as well as try to figure out where she belongs, who she belongs with, and what being her own person looks like.
I really love the new elements Westerfeld introduces, such as the feels Frey gets, the setting of Paz, Rafi as a wildcard, characters like Essa, and the AI governments. It’s so inventive all the way down to the little details. Just like the first book, the worldbuilding is incredibly rich and so visually interesting that I want to stand inside it and look around for myself.
Overall, SHATTER CITY is an excellent sequel that sets the series up for quite a ride. Those who loved the first book will not be disappointed.