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Scorpion Shards (Star Shards Chronicles #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  754 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
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.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 15th 1996 by Tor Fantasy (first published November 1st 1995)
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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 ...more
**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 their
Holly L
Jun 20, 2013 Holly L rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-courtyard
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 ...more
I'm still trying to figure out how I feel about this book. I've been working on that since I started it...

The 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
Oct 01, 2013 Thomas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
JULY 2014:
**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
Feb 28, 2014 Maddison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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)
Apr 25, 2013 Rose marked it as to-read-arc-or-galley  ·  review of another edition
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
It'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.
Aulia Khairina Khairil
Evil Dillon, evil Deanna. Yeay!
Jan 16, 2014 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 14, 2015 Ryn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rynn Yumako
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
Jul 01, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 23, 2016 Donte McNeal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Nov 04, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 his he
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 ...more
Susie Toman
Jun 10, 2013 Susie Toman rated it really liked it
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
Dec 18, 2014 Aelvana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 06, 2016 Carla rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 ha
Jun 12, 2013 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Dec 26, 2015 Lanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the unwind and skinjackers series
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.

so! "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 deformitie
Jun 30, 2013 Erikka rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 2013
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
Jun 15, 2013 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Neal Schusterman book! I've always wanted to give him a try since I've been reading a lot of praise for his Unwind Series, so I did come to this book with a lot expectations.

I don't want to give a full blown review not until I get to the last book. But from what I read so far, this trilogy has a smart premise, great writing and characters you'd want to hug. It explores a lot of themes and issues which various people can relate and is still relevant to this day.

My only complaint so far i
Cathleen Ash
Tory & Winston, Dillon & Deanna, Michael & Lourdes - these are the people you meet in this story. Each one is a freak. In pairs, they are freakish couples. They are scary, different, strange, and filled with energy capable of destroying if they can't get a handle on it. It's hard enough getting a handle a life when you're a normal kid, imagine what it's like when you weigh a thousand pounds, or your face is really, literally covered in zit-like sores that make people hurt just to loo ...more
Kevin Meng
Jan 15, 2015 Kevin Meng rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading the book, although it seemed pretty horrifying. I always admire and enjoy reading the books with fantasy and different powers, but this book also comes to face with reality. It remember a quote from spideman "With great power come great responsibility." The characters within this book, even though they have great capabilities and powers, are still just teens who are plagues with teen problems, which greatly relates to me, even if I don't like it. The lessons that I learn ...more
Feb 19, 2011 Rose rated it it was amazing
This book is as good as I remembered it, if not more. I love the themes that Shusterman plays with, as well as making deeper philosophical musings into a work that can be interesting to multiple different age levels. I loved it as a teen, and I love it, if possible, even more now. I can see now re-reading this, that this book trilogy has been a major influence on the way that I think, including some of the building blocks of what later has become many of my spiritual leanings. I continue to be w ...more
Nov 14, 2015 Joan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
Odd, strange, eerie, I don't know how Shusterman thinks of these books. Six teens are outcasts because of their unusual disabilities. One is extremely fast, but hasn't eaten in 6 month. Another is not that attractive, but girls lust after him. Another is in terror all the time. Another is growing backwards, is is loosing his adult teeth and shrinking. The last is the most powerful, he seeks to create disasters and can see the patterns to create them. The six come together to find that they were ...more
Dustin Hall
Jun 12, 2014 Dustin Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first installment of the series, and it does a very good job of introducing the characters and concepts in a concise and gripping way. The author doesn't waste time or expound upon the astrophysical basis of his concept. Six people are imbued with the power of a shard of a star which went supernova at the exact moment of their conception. The idea is creative and unique. Shusterman doesn't present us with calm, balanced star shards. Instead, he details the fractured inner thoughts and demons ...more
Isaac Serpas
May 26, 2015 Isaac Serpas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was really interesting. Winston,a teenager with special powers, has to find the other six teenagers with special powers. Otherwise they would become a super nova and destroy the world. Winston has to look for them. Each one has different powers, but the last one is the one that is going to give him a lot of problems, because he is the most powerful and he doesn't want Winston to be near him.Or any of the other guys because he was convinced that they were there to kill him. He would disa ...more
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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 movi ...more
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