The Shattering

The Shattering

by Karen Healey
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The Shattering by Karen Healey

Seventeen-year-old Keri likes to plan for every possibility. She knows what to do if you break an arm, or get caught in an earthquake or fire. But she wasn't prepared for her brother's suicide, and his death has left her shattered with grief. When her childhood friend Janna tells her it was murder, not suicide, Keri wants to believe her. After all, Janna's brother died under similar circumstances years ago, and Janna insists a visiting tourist, Sione, who also lost a brother to apparent suicide that year, has helped her find some answers.

As the three dig deeper, disturbing facts begin to pile up: one boy killed every year; all older brothers; all had spent New Year's Eve in the idyllic town of Summerton. But when their search for the serial killer takes an unexpected turn, suspicion is cast on those they trust the most.

As secrets shatter around them, can they save the next victim? Or will they become victims themselves?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316125734
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 02/12/2013
Pages: 317
Sales rank: 858,759
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Karen Healey is the author of the Aurealis winner and William C. Morris Debut Award finalist Guardian of the Dead, The Shattering, and When We Wake. She technically lives in New Zealand, but actually lives on the internet. You can find her at

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The Shattering 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
I was super excited for this book and delighted when I got it on Netgalley. Although the book started off good for me, it slowly went down and was disappointed in the end. I loved the beginning of the book. This town plague my myterious suscides that no one thought the people would commit, Keri and her friends are determined to fine out what is really going on. I loved Keri and the other characters. They weren't afraid to ask questions. To go places where they needed to go. They followed patterns of deaths and became excellent investigators. I am impressed how quickly these three were and how good they handled it all. The plot line of the book is what I didn't enjoy. The problem for me with this book is that even though is started off great with the mysterious death, patterns and whatnot, I just did not like the way it ended. I was hoping for more. A surprise or such, but nothing what I thought. I am extremely disappointed in myself that I could not like it more. But this book is simply not what I thought. The writing is good, along with the development of the characters. I enjoyed watching them learn, grow and become closer friends then ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She purred and leaned against him, too~Cream
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"Frost, please go our tree."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Silv is also locked out of this result, go to result 3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The shadow slips through the trees, and a pair of amber eyes glimmer in the shadows. /*?*/
wordforteens More than 1 year ago
This is one of those things I got randomly and went, "Hey, this looks kind of interesting. I'll pack it and bring it with me to college." And then I started reading it and got sucked into a whirlwind of sheer awesome. The entire novel is just absolutely fantastic. I've been sitting here for an hour trying to find the words for it, and I'm actually left speechless. Not because it's so fantastic that I expect it to become a classic or that it's the best thing since sliced bread - it's simply so good, and so unexpectedly good, that I'm not sure what to say. I absolutely love how normal the characters are. I mean, yes, they're original and weird and awesome. But they're also decidedly normal. They aren't going around lusting after some dark mysterious boy or contemplating how they're going to save the world. They have a goal, and when they're not working on that goal they're normal people with normal dreams. I love the slight paranormal twist on the story - not enough that I would call it a full out paranormal, but it reminds me of some of the old mystery novels I used to read, where magic was involved but the mystery was still solved. I loved it. Everything about this book was just great. Partly because I didn't expect it to be. Partly because it's just a good book.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Summerton is a lovely resort town on the west coast of New Zealand, a town that’s perhaps a bit too perfect. While other small towns struggle to remain vibrant and appealing and they watch their residents, especially the younger ones, move away in search of better lives, Summerton just continues to attract tourists in greater numbers and few of its inhabitants ever leave for good. Seventeen-year-old Keri is struggling to understand why her beloved older brother, Jake, would have committed suicide, never having indicated that anything was wrong. One of the worst things for Keri is that she always had plans for every contingency, no matter how unlikely, and that made her feel safe; Jake’s death, this way, was something she had never even considered. She found him and, although she has blocked out the memory, the pain of not understanding is intense and she takes little comfort from the family gathering for the Maori celebration of his life. Then, an old childhood friend, Janna, approaches her one day and asks if she would like to know who murdered Jake and Keri immediately senses that this may not be a wild idea. Janna tells her a boy from Auckland, Sione, is on his way to town to show her his research indicating a string of suicides over a period of years, all older brothers living in scattered areas of the country but who had all been in Summerton on New Year’s Eve. Sione has identified a number of other odd patterns in these deaths and the three teens set out to find the killer and exact revenge. The perfect town of Summerton, though, may not let that happen. I’m a big fan of young adult dark fantasy and I’m always on the lookout for something a little different. The New Zealand setting of this story was what first attracted me but the first page hooked me thoroughly. I immediately “felt” who Keri was , what drove her, and Janna and Sione took equal billing. That’s partly because of the author’s style in having each chapter be from the perspective of one of the three but there’s more to it than that. All along, I believed these characters and experienced their emotions, their physical pain and their moments of happiness—even in the midst of great sorrow and anger, there will be happiness. I couldn’t help thinking I’d like to know these teens. Put quite simply, Karen Healey has created a mesmerizing tale and is a writer to watch.
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skstiles612 More than 1 year ago
When is suicide not suicide? In the Shattering we meet three characters who share one thing in common, the death of an older brother. Keri is someone who has everything all figured out. She seems to always know what to do in any situation. That is until her brother¿s death. Enter her friend Janna whose brother died a few years before and Sione who not only lost his brother but believes it was not a suicide. These three begin to stir things up as they are motivated to find out what is really going on in Summerton, New Zealand. Things are definitely not what they seem. This was an interesting story. I have enough trouble trying to figure out how to write in one POV. Karen Healey has stepped it up a notch. Keri¿ POV is told in first person, whereas both Janna and Sione have their POV told in third person. Believe it or not this really works for this book. Readers who are not familiar with many of the words used in New Zealand can easily figure them out from the context. For those who like to just skip over those unknown words and hope they can continue on, I am speaking to many of my students, there is a section in the back of the book that can help with that. The Characters were well developed and believable. They came across as your typical teens. I would not put this on my shelves for my sixth graders to read as the topic can be quite disturbing. However, those more mature students I have will enjoy it. I do keep those books in a closet for my more mature readers and those whose parents have given permission for them to read that particular type of material. The book deals with multiple issues and shows how those issues can be handled inappropriately. So after saying all of that would I recommend this book? Most definitely.
Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
The Shattering combines a smattering of subjects, but does it very well. Karen Healey presents the reader with a town plagued by suicides. Only Janna, Sione, and Keri don't believe they're suicides. They believe the boys that have died over the years - including each of their older brothers - were murdered. From this springs the hunt for a murderer and three very well-developed and distinctive characters. Keri is one of those strong without really trying types. She exudes confidence, despite the emotional despair she faces with the sudden loss of her brother. Sione is almost the complete opposite of her. He appears meek and quiet, not confident of himself or facing the same dismay over the death of his brother. Then there's Janna, who is outwardly cool, chasing boys and her brother's killer. She's not easily ruffled, but is forced to confront the worst parts of herself as the plot progresses. In fact, that's one of the best aspects of The Shattering. Healey tackles, suicide, cultural prejudices, sex, love, loss, and even the reality of coming out in a small town; all while ensuring her characters stick to their goals of finding the murderer. Parts are a little predictable, but others aren't. I didn't even see a huge part of the plot coming into play. But I liked it and I really liked how the story played out. The Shattering is a character driven story that reads like a faster-paced contemporary, but has this tiny paranormal twist to it. The twist works splendidly though because it keeps the story rooted in reality, while making things just a little more complicated for Keri, Janna, and Sione. If nothing else, The Shattering is different from other YA books, as it isn't a love story or about angels or demons or vampires or any other overdone subject. Karen Healey keeps it interesting with her richly detailed setting and characters that jump, scream, and fight off the pages.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot for Readers Favorite The Shattering by Karen Healey is a revealing novel for young adult readers. Three younger sibling teens wrestle with the fact that their older brothers have committed suicide. The turmoil that haunts the living is vividly portrayed and totally believable. It gives food for thought to those who do not believe that death is capable of controlling the living. The main characters are well developed, and the reader easily gets into the thoughts and feelings of the teens. The main character of Keri is highly believable, as well as being a fascinating study of the complexity of the human psyche. Keri both trusts and distrusts those to whom she has confided her deepest feelings. She allows each to work out his or her feelings about her in order to determine what role they may continue to play in her life. Although some of the novel, particularly the middle section, is somewhat predictable for the reader, in no way does the predictability detract from the development toward the conclusion of the story. This is an intense novel for teens facing life's frustrations and disappointments. It deals with the heart of stressors in modern society, and it deals with these issues with honesty and compassion. Karen Healey has offered a wonderful human study for teens willing to explore their own fears, hopes and prejudices. Each reader will take away a different message from this novel, and the messages will be retained for some time to come.
ToReadPerchancetoDream More than 1 year ago
The Shattering is a fairly interesting paranormal young adult novel. The three friends, each having lost an older brother to suicide, begin to investigate similar suicides in their search for a serial killer. The plot twists in this story weren't really twisty enough. I found things fairly easy to predict, but I did enjoy the relationship between Keri, Janna, and Sione. The author, Karen Healey, did a nice job showing them grow closer as they investigated and helped each other out of tough situations. This book should appeal to younger adults and perhaps any adult who has an addiction to all things paranormal. *Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review