- Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: St Martin's Press; Reprint edition (17 Aug. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812524659
- ISBN-13: 978-0812524659
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.7 x 17.1 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,883,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Scorpion Shards Mass Market Paperback – 17 Aug 2000
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"A spellbinder!"--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "A haunting but ultimately reassuring novel. Shusterman turns the pitfalls of adolescence into a landscape of nightmares. the dramatic finale is more disturbing and satisfying than the infamous prom scene from Stephen King's "Carrie"."-"-Kirkus Reviews" (pointer review) "Impossible to put down. Shusterman's blend of unusually inventive plotting, gritting writing, and unfettered imagination stands out."--"The New Orleans Times-Picayune" "A spellbinder!"--"Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A haunting but ultimately reassuring novel. Shusterman turns the pitfalls of adolescence into a landscape of nightmares. the dramatic finale is more disturbing and satisfying than the infamous prom scene from Stephen King's "Carrie."-"-Kirkus Reviews (pointer review) "Impossible to put down. Shusterman's blend of unusually inventive plotting, gritting writing, and unfettered imagination stands out."--"The New Orleans Times-Picayune
Six teenagers, each suffering from exaggerated adolescent afflictions, some physical, some mental, come together to try to stop the evil beasts that threaten to destroy them and the world.See all Product description
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<U>Scorpion Shards</U> by Neal Shusterman is an exciting novel in which six kids, each with a strange physical or emotional mutation, must discover how to get rid of their deformities. It is a powerful fantasy filled with darkness and suspense.
One interesting concept of the book is how a hunger for something can completely overpower a person. Each of the six teenagers has one, some worse than others. Dillon Cole, the most dangerous of the group, is driven by his "wrecking-hunger" to attempt to destroy all of civilization. Michael "Lips" Lipranski can usually control it, but once his almost unnatural hunger for girls went too far, leaving the unlucky girl without a soul after his kiss.
Another exciting part of the fantasy is its dark and chilling thrills. Like when the astronomer Dr. Bayless meets his untimely demise at the hands of the hungry monsters inside of each of the kids. Or when Dillon destroys an entire city block to feed his hunger. In the end, the six must all face their demons in a strange, lost world.
One last fascinating aspect of the novel is how a single thought can cause so much chaos. Dillon drives whole towns past the brink of insanity, after whispering a simple suggestion into a person's ear. He can alter the entire future of a victim, from possible millionaire to vagabond. Dillon has the uncanny ability to see patterns, whether it be of people's lives or tumbling boulders. He uses this skill to find a human "fuse", from which he can set off a whole chain of events.
Neal Shusterman's book, <U>Scorpion Shards</U>, is one of his greatest achievements. It is a gripping novel, with twists and turns until you reach the back cover.
Deanna chang makes everyone afraid. Even herself. When she's around people, she feels claustrophobic. Houses couuld fall on her. Things could kill her. And people around her are so afraid.
Winston is growing shorter and paralyzing people, and Tory is a living bacteria. Not to mention Miachael, who makes women fall in love, and men want to kill. Or Lourdes, who doesn't eat, but gets fatter.
Who are these extremely screwed up kids? They are the Scorpion Shards. Six kids that have enough power to kill or hurt everyone around them. Except themselves.
So why are they like this? Not everyone has the power to strike fear into everyone else. Or see patterns in everything. Something is causing this, other than hormones.
Scorpion Shards tells this story about these six innocent kids, who have had the universe single them out. Their journey takes them through pain, worlds, and death. A wonderful book to read for anyone who likes to see teenagers and out-of-this-world problems.
Perfectly suitable for adults and children (I would say Over age 9)
The shards have powers of that can be used for good and if they desire evil. The shards are controlled by these parasites that make the story interesting. It keeps you interested by an enthralling story line that makes you have to read the next book. I like this book because the battle of good and evil and the chance that all the people in the worlds minds can be shattered if the goods shards don't stop the evil psycho in time.