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With this first book in a riveting seven-book series about seven apparently unconnected teens, author Scott Wallens delivers a hard-hitting story of complex relationships and mental anguish.
In Week 1: Shattered, we're introduced to seven teens, all of whom are strangely linked by one dark event that continues to plague each. The story begins with a dream of wheelchair-bound Peter, in which his six peers, as youngsters, desperately call on him for aid. Peter's dream is eerily similar to one being experienced by Week 1's primary character, Meena, a sporty girl who inexplicably descends into smoking, drugs, and self-abuse. The story rockets to its explosive conclusion when her father's vile best friend comes into the picture, and Meena makes a startling confession. In between, we meet the other main characters: Danny, who is battling an addiction to medication; Josh and Jeremy, whose friendship is about to change drastically; Jane; Karyn; and Reed.
Week 1 is absorbing and observant, a powerful launch to this dramatic series. Meena's struggles with her inner demons are brought shockingly to life, and the other characters' stories are equally potent. The next six books promise to be as good as the first, and readers will be itching to delve deeper into these teens' lives. (Matt Warner)