Scorpion Shards

Six teenagers are horrified to discover that an evil force has taken control of them A force that feeds on them hungrily and finds its only outlet in the blind desire to destroy The force must be destroyed But how What follows is the ultimate battle for supremacy between the forces of good and evil.
Scorpion Shards Six teenagers are horrified to discover that an evil force has taken control of them A force that feeds on them hungrily and finds its only outlet in the blind desire to destroy The force must be dest

  • Title: Scorpion Shards
  • Author: Neal Shusterman
  • ISBN: 9780812524659
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Paperback
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    About the Author

    Neal Shusterman

    Award winning author Neal Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age After spending his junior and senior years of high school at the American School of Mexico City, Neal went on to UC Irvine, where he made his mark on the UCI swim team, and wrote a successful humor column Within a year of graduating, he had his first book deal, and was hired to write a movie script.In the years since, Neal has made his mark as a successful novelist, screenwriter, and television writer As a full time writer, he claims to be his own hardest task master, always at work creating new stories to tell His books have received many awards from organizations such as the International Reading Association, and the American Library Association, as well as garnering a myriad of state and local awards across the country Neal s talents range from film directing two short films he directed won him the coveted CINE Golden Eagle Awards to writing music and stage plays including book and lyrical contributions to American Twistory, which is currently playing in Boston He has even tried his hand at creating Games, having developed three successful How to Host a Mystery game for teens, as well as seven How to Host a Murder games.As a screen and TV writer, Neal has written for the Goosebumps and Animorphs TV series, and wrote the Disney Channel Original Movie Pixel Perfect Currently Neal is adapting his novel Everlost as a feature film for Universal Studios.Wherever Neal goes, he quickly earns a reputation as a storyteller and dynamic speaker Much of his fiction is traceable back to stories he tells to large audiences of children and teenagers such as his novel The Eyes of Kid Midas As a speaker, Neal is in constant demand at schools and conferences Degrees in both psychology and drama give Neal a unique approach to writing Neal s novels always deal with topics that appeal to adults as well as teens, weaving true to life characters into sensitive and riveting issues, and binding it all together with a unique and entertaining sense of humor.Of Everlost, School Library Journal wrote Shusterman has reimagined what happens after death and questions power and the meaning of charity While all this is going on, he has also managed to write a rip roaring adventure Of What Daddy Did, Voice of Youth Advocates wrote This is a compelling, spell binding story A stunning novel, impossible to put down once begun.Of The Schwa Was Here, School Library Journal wrote Shusterman s characters reminiscent of those crafted by E L Konigsburg and Jerry Spinelli are infused with the kind of controlled, precocious improbability that magically vivifies the finest children s classics.Of Scorpion Shards, Publisher s Weekly wrote Shusterman takes an outlandish comic book concept, and, through the sheer audacity and breadth of his imagination makes it stunningly believable A spellbinder And of The Eyes of Kid Midas, The Midwest Book Review wrote This wins our vote as one of the best young adult titles of the year and was called Inspired and hypnotically readable by School Library Journal.Neal Shusterman lives in Southern California with his children Brendan, Jarrod, Joelle, and Erin, who are a constant source of inspiration

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    • Connor said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      While not a perfect novel, this had some really interesting elements! As you guys know, I love Neal's stories for the life messages that they provide the reader and this one is no exception. At first I wasn't quite sure what it was going for, but it turned out very well-done once I realized what was happening. The six children are so diverse, it was awesome. The struggles that they are going through is an extreme case for each, but everyone could relate to each character in different ways, I thi [...]

    • D.G. said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      **3.5 stars**Scorpion Shards is a compelling, fast paced story. It chronicles the journey of 6 teens that suffer through the ultimate teenage nightmares, multiplied by a thousand. The whole book deals with the question…do you control your inner monster or let it wreak havoc in the world?This is not the usual Young Adult book about a beautiful, lonely girl who catches the attention of the bad boy. Dillon, Deanna, Winston, Lourdes, Michael and Tori suffer from anomalies that either transform the [...]

    • Holly L said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      This book kind of disappointed me, knowing what Neal Shusterman's other books are like. To be fair, this is one of his earlier books, and his writing has definitely improved in his more recent books. I expected to be addicted and in love with the plot and the characters. The characters seemed pretty one-dimensional. Though the plot had potential to be interesting, it was kind of gross and strange, and what was supposed to be the climax didn't have enough build-up or excitement. First-time Shuste [...]

    • Ryn said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      I like Shusterman's ideas. I feel like his writing could have been cleaned up a bit (i.e. to be more focused, entertaining, and involving much deeper characterizations of Dillon, Tori, Deanna, Winston, Lourdes, and Michael), but I'm more than willing to excuse that for the subject matter. The low rating makes me sad though, because this could have been a spectacular novel if it had just delved a bit deeper. This was a worse than what I remembered of Unwind, but it was still pretty fascinating. I [...]

    • Bookstorequeer said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      I'm still trying to figure out how I feel about this book. I've been working on that since I started itThe concept is interesting and fresh (although a little heavy on metaphor, especially with Dillon and Deanana), so the story had real potential to grab me and not let go. I expected that but I didn't really get it.There was something about this book that felt thick to me. Like I was having trouble getting into it, even as I was liking characters and cheering for them, I could have set it down a [...]

    • Thomas said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      JULY 2014:BOOKTUBEATHON - DAY 7 - BOOK 7**3.5 STARS**I loved this!!! However I felt like this book could have been executed a lot better, this is why I rated it 4 stars. This may be because it is one of Neal's earlier books and I was expecting it to be as good as Unwind, one of my favourite series, which is one of his later pieces.I loved the concept and the supernatural powers, they were superb! I also loved the characters, Neal always creates the best characters! Overall I loved this book but [...]

    • Maddison said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      I haven't rated a book 5 stars in a long time! This one was just great! Action-packed with a lot of twists and turns. This one reminded me a lot of his other series', Everlost and Unwind.Once again his writing style and description was spectacular. I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of this series!My favourite character was Tory because she's determined and always tells the truth.One thing that surprised me about this book was that Deanna actually (view spoiler)[left Dillon when she said s [...]

    • Rose said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      Whoo-hoo! Received this from Edelweiss as well, and I think it's all three books of the Star Shards Chronicles. I'm glad I have 60 days for this because it's over 1000 pages - I'll have to prioritize it over some of my other reads depending on time. I'll be writing individual reviews of each book on my blog and here on GR though.

    • Courtney Nicole said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      2.50It's not that I hated this book, just more of I didn't feel compelled to keep reading it once I started it. I did finish it though but damn was skimming a thing for me and this book. I also don't see how this is a trilogy, it really read like a stand alone.

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      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM


    • Tyler said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      This is such a weird book, and honestly it may be a tad offputting to some people.This is a story about six broken kids fighting their personal demons and realizing they are all part of something greater. Their adventure will take you from one side of the country to another as six misfits with superhuman afflictions come together and begin to realize who they are and what they need to do.I can tell this one of the author's earlier works - while the writing is still good, it certainly lacks in so [...]

    • ZacharyR said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      Scorpion Shards The Star Shards Chronicles by Neal Shusterman. Dillon has to make destruction to stop something from taking control of him. Deanna is terrified of everyone and everything, But when Deanna is around Dillon her fears go away, and when Dillon is around Deanna his hunger for destruction is reduced. Winston has a curse that when he touches anyone or anything it is perilous. Tory has the power to give anyone or anything cooties, But if Tory touches Winston nothing happens and when Wi [...]

    • Kes said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      Quick but fun YA novel.Dillon needs to destroy things - or he feels an ever-present hunger. His touch causes people to go insane or forget who they are. Deanna is constantly afraid. Winston is shrinking - growing younger and his touch paralyses. Tory is infested by disease (and spreads it by touch). Lourdes is obese. Michael causes every woman to fall in love with him, and every man to be upset with him. They meet up and discover that (view spoiler)[they are infested with the soul of a star that [...]

    • Victor said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      I read this book over a decade ago so I was excited to find it on amazon along with sequels I didn't get to read. Aaaaand it still holds up. Neal Shusterman is brilliant at weaving a tension-laced tale filled with interesting characters, barn-storming pace and high stakes. As with any sub-300 page book, juggling 6 characters means there's a certain lack of depth with several characters but there was depth where it counted - with Dillon. That kid has some of the most messed up problems. This is t [...]

    • Ian said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      2 star

    • Patricia said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      Shusterman on steroids-- wow! intense

    • Spencer said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      I liked it. Took long than expected to read but, over-all a good book.

    • Aulia Khairina Khairil said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      Evil Dillon, evil Deanna. Yeay!

    • Anne said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      I loved this book. Loved it. It gets four stars because of some technical things that jarred me a little bit more than for any real content reason, because I'm picky like that, but overall it had everything I'm looking for in a young-adult fantasy novel.First component, a really - and I mean REALLY - compelling cast. I loved everyone in this book, and considering it's a 200-some page novel with six main characters, that's a real feat. Not only did I like them all, but they were all painted reali [...]

    • Rynn Yumako said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      One thing is for sure, these kids got stuck with the Aquaman of superpowers just maybe with more suffering and death. Geez.I really liked the way the author showed us what was happening to these kids, how their bodies changed and betrayed them, some really cool and frightening imagery right there, especially on Dillon's part. His power of suggestion, planting a "seed" and seeing the consequences was the only one I felt could do real harm to other people, while the others got stuck with stuff tha [...]

    • Becky said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      Fantastic Book!!!!!! Here are a list of reasons as to why people should read this and NOT miss out on a unique book Neal Shusterman has provided!1.The plot! It is absolutely fast pace and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire book! You never really know where these characters are going to end up. It was such a well-thought out plot with unique elements added to it that are very original! We've seen powers being used in books before but Shusterman manages to add a fresh twist t [...]

    • Donte McNeal said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      Scorpion Shards begins with Dillon, our teenaged ball of destruction and then transitions to Deanna, our walking, talking bag of fears. We see where they are in their lives. We see how they're struggling with the powers they have, how these powers affect not only them but those around them as well. Early on, you can see that these kids have suffered due to the powers that they hold, and the picture Shusterman paints is a stark one. That's exactly why the meeting between Dillon and Deanna is such [...]

    • Melissa said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      Meet the shards: teenagers Dillon, Deanna, Tory, Winston, Lourdes and Michael . I was excited to find out what superpowers the author would come up for each of them, and was somewhat disappointed to read about their special cases. They are far from ideal at all. Dillon is addicted to using his powers for destruction, Deanna is extremely paranoid-and that’s putting it mildly; Tory is suffering from skin problems that are the stuff of nightmares; Winston’s time is getting shorter along with hi [...]

    • Think said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      Scorpion Shards was a freak-tastically trippy and wicked read. It begins with the story of Dillon Cole aka the Destroyer. Dillon has the affliction of the "wrecking hunger" which makes him want to cause catastrophes. Dillon isn't the only one with problems though. Winston is growing backwards, Michael is consumed with lust, Lourdes grows larger every day, Deanna has intense fears and Tory is infested with disease. None of them have ever met, but that is going to change because they all feel an u [...]

    • Susie Toman said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      I first ran across this book at my local library almost 10 years ago. It sprung to mind again maybe five years later and I was surprised to find it was out of print. I had enjoyed it a great deal, devoured the sequel, and had been disappointed that my library didn't have the final installment.Flash forward to last year when I found out it was back in print and nearly squealed in delight that I could own a copy of my very own.I've since re-read it and find that much of it is as solid as I remembe [...]

    • Aelvana said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      Becoming a teenager was supposed to bring issues, but not quite like this. Six teens, each afflicted with a hideous disorder, are on the hunt for one another as they race to find a cure for their conditions. Obesity. Destruction. Fear. Disease. Regression. Lust. Only these are disorders of supernatural magnitude, and they'll take more than a psychologist to cure. And what happens when one of them decides not to fight the sickening urge?Stories about teenagers with superpowers are a dime a dozen. [...]

    • Carla said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      had a hard time getting through this book. Gruesome and it doesn't make much sense. I liked the beginning of the novel, but then it spiraled down to "really? nah."Book description:Dillon has the terrifying power to create massive amounts of destruction with the slightest tweak of his will. Deanna is so consumed by fear, it has become like a black hole, drawing to her the very things that terrify her. Then, when the glare of a supernova sixteen light-years away illuminates the night sky, they hav [...]

    • Ashley said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      I have gotten to the point that if I see any book that Neal Shusterman wrote, I will automatically read it. I don't even bother reading the description anymore because I just instantly know that the book will be amazing. Scorpion Shards could have been about cereal boxes, and Shusterman would have made me love the cereal boxes and care immensely about what happens to them in their cereal- box- lives. This book started out on a pretty simple path until it started branching off with some twists an [...]

    • Lanie said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      While not quite as well crafted as Mr. Shusterman's later works like "the skinjackers" trilogy or the "unwind" dystology, (his skills have definitely improved over the years.) it's still an excellent read. the writing is great and the story is awesome. The guy's a wonderful storyteller! "scorpion shards" is the 1st book in "the star shards chronicles", a neat sort of mix between urban fantasy and science fiction. It follows the story of Six teens with extraordinary abilities and/or deformities a [...]

    • Erikka said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:20 PM

      I'm a huge Shusterman fan, so when I saw the third book in this series, I was shocked that I'd missed one of his first books. After reading it, I'm very excited about the rest of the trilogy. Shusterman's characters are unparalleled. They're deep, interesting, and always quirky. This book is clearly an early work, as it lacks some of his quality and finesse, but it's still quite good. The premise is interesting, the language choices are excellent, and I think it sets up the series well.I was a l [...]

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