Only through death do you learn the truth...
Marris Sheffield, a fifteen-year-old orphan living in a late 21st century academy for unwanted children, is just three years away from phasing out of the program and becoming a valuable member of society. Until then, she's stuck within the confines of the academy's heavily fortified grounds. All is going as expected... until the kids become sick with an undisclosed illness and then a series of deaths occur, deaths which lead Marris and others to question the academy's agenda.
Shattered is the first book in The Hexon Code series, a story about pain, loss, and the fight for love in a messed up world.
About the Author
Check out Shattered, the first book in The Hexon Code series; its upcoming sequel, Redeemed (coming soon!); and other stories in the series, including Tainted, Platform 273, and Bought.
More information and her blog can be found at: https://jodycalkins.com. Be sure to follow her on Twitter (@JodyCalkins) and Facebook (@JodyCalkinsBiz) for more details about upcoming book releases and tales of the writing life.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a heartbreakingly amazing story. If you care about kids or human life in general, you will feel such anger and sadness at this story. But it is such a good story and one that I hope never happens but has surely happened, or some similar event, in the past. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite Shattered by Jody Calkins is a different kind of story, because the main character is dead. Marris is 15 years old and an orphan. She’s been living in a late 21st century academy for unwanted children for a few years, and has three more years to go until she’s free. Unlike other kids, she has never been adopted, and has given up hope of leaving the place before she’s 18 years old. Soon, she learns that there are terrible things going on behind closed doors – and that the rumors about what is really happening to the kids who were lucky enough to be adopted are more than just rumors. Then Marris becomes sick and is taken to another part of the facility. It is the last place she’d be alive. Her death, however, is not the end. For some reason, Marris’ ghost is unable to leave, and she discovers that there are others like her. They learn more about what is happening, and the real goal of the academy for unwanted children. After all, who will miss unwanted children? What better group of people to experiment on? But what can a group of ghosts do to stop living beings? I found Shattered by Jody Calkins to be a very fascinating, but also disturbing read. What is done to the kids in that academy is just horrendous. You feel for all the characters and cheer Marris on; you just want her to find a way to stop the nightmare. I found the end of the novel to be bitter-sweet, but I guess that’s what you have to expect when the main characters are all dead people! It is a paranormal story, but also a coming of age story, a love story, a thriller, and a mystery at the same time. You definitely get quite a bit of excitement when you read this novel. I enjoyed that this book was a stand-alone book, and not a book in a series. It served the characters and the plot very well.