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The Blade of Shattered Hope (The 13th Reality #3)

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Things have changed for Atticus Higginbottom. After the near catastrophe in the Fourth Reality, Tick’s being homeschooled in the fields of science, trying to master the mysterious Chi’karda. But just as he begins to make progress, Mistress Jane reappears, now hideously scarred and much more powerful. She has tapped into the universe’s darkest secret to create the Blade of ...more
Hardcover, 446 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Shadow Mountain
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Joe
I love the series and am looking forward to reading the third one!
Tracy
This book is definitely targeted toward a younger audience, but the story is still great. I'm a little annoyed that James Dashner switched over and wrote the Maze trilogy instead of finishing this out. It's been quite a wait between books.

It seems like there's been a plague lately of writers biting off more than they can chew and then dragging their heels to finish the story. Or worse, they robotically churn it out and the sequels stink. Can someone please write a book that begins and ends in a
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Aliza
Sep 18, 2011 Aliza rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
I enjoy James Dashner as an author. I greatly liked the previous two books in this series, but this one not so much. The story wasn't as interesting and seemed drawn out. I will read the 4th book when it comes out because I would like to know what happens to Tick, but if there is another one after that? I'm not sure. Authors seem to draw out a story so much so they can write more books. I understand that this is their primary way of making a living....but when you string the story out so long ju ...more
Lacy
I have really enjoyed this series. It reminds me of A Wrinkle in Time combined with The Mysterious Benedict Society. It's filled with plenty of science, crazy contraptions and quirky (and some wonderfully scary) characters. It's a great option if you're looking for something exciting to read out loud to your children. As a parent, I think it's great to have a wonderful series that keeps your kids interested -- and reading. However, not many books can keep my interest past a trilogy. I was disapp ...more
Joseph Perkins Jr.
The 13th Reality (#3) The Blade of Shattered Hope by James Dashner was by far the most suspenseful, adventurous and action packed novel in this series so far. I have been constantly impressed as I've read each novel in this series. The Blade of Shattered Hope did not disappoint. Starting off with a bang we find our hero Atticus (Tickk) Higginbottom taking a break after a nearly catostrophic episode in the previous novel. However, all is not well. Mistress Jane has located Tick and is set on havi ...more
Heidi
This book wasn't quite as good as the other two. I thought that the resolution to the whole problem of the entire universe dissolving forever was overly simplistic. That kinda messed up the ending for me. I did like how the book actually ended. Nice twist to set up for a sequel. Tick's family was also set up to be a more important part of the story in the next book. I look forward to the next book in the series even though this one wasn't my favorite of the three.
Jenn
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Terri
A quick, fun read. I liked this one the best of the three books so far in the 13th Reality series. The story moved faster and was darker than the first two books, so even though it is marketed as a children's book I would rather my children be at least 12 before reading it because there were some intense scenes. The ending has closure for some, but not all, of the characters, so you will have to read the next book to get to the real ending.
Rachel
I thought that this book was really good, and I enjoyed reading it. I think it was really creative, and it kept me interested the whole time.:) I liked all the characters, and I enjoyed learning more about them. I had lots of favorite parts, but the best one was when Tick saves the universe. This was an awesome book, and I would recommend it to any one!
Jeff
Definitely the best book yet in the series, I couldn't put down. I feel like this book is the turning point (much like Harry Potter book 4) where as the character has finally begun to grow up and make some serious world changing decisions so has the the author raised the bar on the plot.
I am hopeful for the prospects of what is to come.
Mifalda
OH-EM-FREAKING-ZEE!!! That was bloody amazing! What a cliff hanger! Woa!!! I can't wait to read the next book. Sato was amazing. He has quickly become one of my favorite characters in the whole series. And wow! am I the only one who never expected that ending to come? Well, it was awesome. =)
Linda Harley
This book in my opinion was a bit boring. It did not seem to really get any direction, and was rather confusing. Mistress Jane comes back with vengeance, and tries to destroy a reality, and Tick has to come to the rescue. The problem is that Tick has no idea what to do, and so it makes him a little pathetic. In the previous books he was an explorer, in this book he's just a wimp. Would have liked to see more of a positive growth arc for him, but rather it seems that he's on a negative growth arc ...more
World of Ink Network
I enjoyed the 3rd book in the series, but not as much as the first too. I felt Master George, after all he had entrusted into Tick, Sophia and Paul, didn't make much sense in his character when he started with holding information. I also felt he was playing his team like pieces on a chess board for his own gain.

I do enjoy learning more about the backgrounds on sub and main characters in this book. To find the reasons why things started rolling down this dark path in Mistress Jane's plans. What
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Brook
In many ways, this was like reading an entirely different series with the same characters. It was darker than the other two books and had only one (very weird) riddle. Maybe it marks a turn in Tick’s journey or maybe the author was just in a darker mood. Either way, it felt strange to read it since the others felt so different.

Overall, the books have pretty much been self-contained and follow the same pattern. This made reading Blade of Shattered Hope a little bit more boring, but the end made t
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Von Sowards
Mistress Jain, why I read these books.

In the first book you meet her, and you see that she is crazy. But she makes a great villain because of it, so you want to read more.

Then the second book comes and there is this amazing scene where you get to sit down with the hero and Mistress Jain and out hero, Tic, are both trapped together and they get to just talk. She tells her back story which helps you see why she is crazy and what her motivation is. The conversation gets cut off and you feel like th
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Janeen-san
Aug 21, 2010 Janeen-san rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nick, Kendall and Eric
Recommended to Janeen-san by: Bjron
After the bone-chilling and dramatic conclusion of book 2, The Hunt for Dark Infinity, Tick is being home-schooled by his parents and attempting to not get too angry--if he does, he could accidentally release the unusal amount of Chi-karda within him. And that would be very, very bad.
Tick's life, calm for a couple of months, is about to go back to the usual Realitant style--very, very, dangerous--when he is unexpectedly drawn into a meeting at three o'clock in the morning with his best friends,
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Tanya
I wavered between giving this three or four stars. I suppose if it had allowed me, I'd have compromised on three and a half. Dashner is only getting stronger in his writing, as well as his plotting. My reservation lay in content. While the protagonist is now thirteen, he is facing and witnessing some truly disturbing things--things I don't believe eleven-year-old readers are prepared to handle. I'm not sure if it's because the author had begun his YA series by now, but he's included some YA cont ...more
Rachel
After what happend to Tick Higginbottom in the Fourth Reality, things have settled down at home. He is being homeschooled on the science of Chi'karda and is learning to control his Chi'karda but when Mistress Jane appears in his basement one day his life is once again thrown into chaos.

I picked this book up becuase I wanted to fins out what would happnd to Tick and his friends and because I was bored and had nothing to do. In this book I kept yelling at Tick to grow up because the stuff he does
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Jenben8426
In the third book of the series, Tick is back home in Reality Prime and trying to learn what his body can actually do after the horrible accident/destruction in the 4th reality when Mistress Jane makes herself known once more, intent to exact revenge against him. Tick begins another journey back to the 13th reality where Jane is set to destroy an entire reality on her way to her weird, evil idea of Utopia. It will be up to Tick and his friends to come to the rescue before something drastic happe ...more
05HunterB. Bangerter
The Blade of Shattered Hope
James Dashner

Characters: Tick, pro. Sofia,pro. Paul,Pro. Mistress Jane,ant

Tick just got back from the destruction of chu's factory. Tick just found out his powers and how it mostly works. its not until later when mistress Jane sends minions to try and kill his parents! Tick is able to save them then finds him and his friends all winked to his basement for a meeting. then Jane tells them her story of her utopian world with destroying the fifth reality. they knew it coul
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Frank
I'm not sure how to rate this book. I'd like to give it a 5 and also a 1. It was a super read and I ended up reading the whole thing in two days which is amazing for me. The old characters were all there and as good as ever. The pace was fast from the very beginning. Up to the last four pages or so I would have given it a five star. In fact I have a list of some of his other books and now I'm not sure I want to read them. The end of the book is really not the end. It is written like a trilogy an ...more
Carie
I didn't like this one as much as #2. I might give it 3.5. Though the writing is good, the story is kind of all over the place and not as much interaction with the kids and other characters. I like when they are working together. This book is rather dark, with some really scary action and sobering events, so probably not for really young children.

I'd like it if the author would focus more on some of the characters--especially some of the kids. After 3 books, I still feel like I don't know anyth
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Tyler
In a way, this book really bugged me.
I thought the previous two books were great, I read them both in an afternoon.
But this one?
I really hit me how annoying it was to have the main character's parents were also prominent characters. They really didn't add that much to the plot besides reassuring the main character. There wasn't anything about them that made me care.
Though what bugged me a lot was how Generic the main characters were. There was no substance to them, this book was very plot-drive
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Heather
There were a few spots that I felt were a little slow, but in reality that was probably my fault. After all, the whole thing was non-stop action. I didn't reread the previous books before, though, so it took me a few chapters just to get back into things. I liked the further development of Sato--maybe development is the wrong word. Further exploration of his character might be a better way of putting it. He is my favorite character, just because he's got so many inner struggles. He's had a hard ...more
Trina
A great continuation of Tick's story, picking right up where it left off. Mistress Jane's conscious decision to see herself as a victim and cement her cruelty was a powerful illustration of our agency used for ill. With the new revelations of how the Chi'karda power can work, the twists in the story were virtually impossible to predict. I read this book in one day - mostly because I had an incredibly rare opportunity to spend time reading, but also because I really wanted to find out what happen ...more
Joanne G.
Atticus Higginbottom's near disastrous dealings with Chi'karda leave him a danger to himself and others. For everyone's protection, he is homeschooled and left out of Realitant business until Mistress Jane's diabolical plans to reshape life into her vision of Utopia call him out of semi-retirement.

For some reason, I thought this was a trilogy and my reading anticipation was all set for a conclusion that didn't come in this installment. I hate when that happens! There are many loose ends left to
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Chrisann Lamb
Shattered hope ?

Dashner's third in the 13th reality series is truly a by the seat of your pants kind of book. Mistress Jane is back in all her glory, shattering hope everywhere..... can't wait to borrow the fourth book!
08shaylap
The 13th Reality- The blades of shattered hope
By: James Dashner

This book is the third book in a series. The book is about a boy who is nicknamed Tick. He recently in the 2nd book realized he had an abundance of special powers and Chikar'da inside him.
Once he realized this he learns he must learn to control it and fight Jane. But Tick did not realize the powers Jane has as well. Throughout the whole book Jane and Tick discover what they are really fighting for- good and evil.

I would rate this
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Kimberly
This one is a bit better and less goofy than the others (although the clown army idea was weird). I enjoyed the story and have enjoyed watching the characters evolve and mature a bit more.
Shannon
Still fun, but I think the story is getting a bit rushed, especially at the end. Tick seems a bit more simplistic even though I think James Dashner is trying to have him grow up. Reminds me of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. To me, Harry seemed to be angry through the whole thing and I wanted to tell him to grow up (even though I did love the book). Tick seems to be experiencing similar growing pains. I also think the author introduces and touches on some interesting ideas, but they aren ...more
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James is the author of THE MAZE RUNNER trilogy and THE 13TH REALITY series. He also published a series (beginning with A DOOR IN THE WOODS) with a small publisher several years ago. He lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains.
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