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Shatter City

(Impostors #2)

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Librarian's Note: This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN 9781407188287

When the world sees Frey, they think they see her twin sister Rafi. Frey was raised to be Rafi's double, and now she's taken on the role . . . without anyone else knowing.

Her goal? To destroy the forces that created her.

But with the world watching and a rebellion rising, Frey is forced into a
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Published September 17th 2019 by Scholastic
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Brenna Christensen Amazon has it listed for September 17, 2019
Amy I'm gonna guess it was a mistake. It was seriously bugging me though. I'm mostly guessing it was a mistake cause earlier in the book, another one that…moreI'm gonna guess it was a mistake. It was seriously bugging me though. I'm mostly guessing it was a mistake cause earlier in the book, another one that threw me off was when Frey says they cut Rafi to match her scar, but it was the other way around. (less)

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Phoenix2
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers YA Uglies universe
Shelves: fantasy
The second book of the new series based in the Uglies universe was not as good as the first one. That said, however, it was enjoyable, and it had less refrences from the Uglies (thankfully). My main problem with the book was the main character, Frey. Even though she started as this strong, active, fearless youngster who was ready to kill her father and save her sister and the boy she loved, at times, like after the earthquake, she was like a kid, being told what to do and just doing it. I mean, ...more
Mitchell
I keep on waiting for Scott Westerfeld to become an overnight success - which I guess would have to be a movie. Goodreads has me as having read 28 of his books. 5 3's, 2 5's and 21 4's. That's pretty consistent. I had forgotten that he had started a new series in the Uglies world. I was worried that I didn't remember enough. No matter, this book managed to remind without an info dump. And with just a fast fun sometimes dark read, with just enough interesting sf to keep it interesting. And hover ...more
K Whatsherface
Is this the best book in the series? No. Did it leave me craving more? Yes. It did what a second book in a 4 part series should do. Make you want more. Also I really wouldn't mind getting this book again but from Rafi's POV. Maybe even Col's? Frey is interesting and I love her POV but she cant see everything and there is so much going on. There is a twist in this I kind of figured. Once found out about part of the twist....yeah dont want to spoil it and if I even refer to it for real I probably ...more
faith ✨
We have a title! Personally, I'm not a big fan of it, but you know what? I'm basing that on the fact I've yet to read Impostors. It's silently judging me.
Scarlett
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to love this book SO MUCH. The Uglies series will always have a special place in my heart as one of the best dystopian series I've ever read. Maybe it's because it was one of the first I read as a teenager of that genre, but to this day I still really think it was as amazing as I remember. I've read the original trilogy at least 3 or 4 times and I never get tired of it. It had incredible characters, an extremely well-imagined and unique world, and a twisty edge-of-your-seat plot that ...more
CJ
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love that Scott Westerfeld gives personalities to cities, not just people. It's a great element of this universe.

I really liked his exploration of Feels--how they can make you feel better, but also make you dependent. Quite an interesting concept.

Really liked Boss X, and I really liked Essa as well. She didn't get a whole lot of page time, but she had an impact for sure.

And wow, the insights into Rafi's personality...just wow. No spoilers. Eager for book three!
Libby McDermott Voight
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, fantasy-sci-fi, 2019
I know I'm going to love everything Westerfeld writes and Shatter City is no exception. I think a main reason I love his books is that while they're super YA-tropey (in all the best ways) those tropes also get called out on the page. For example in the Uglies series Tally is the typical unaware, selfish teen MC, but Shay especially routinely calls her out on it and we get to see her character growth as Tally becomes more thoughtful and self-aware throughout the series. This book starts with Frey ...more
Mari Johnston
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl.

Content Warnings: earthquakes, emergency medical needs

Holy guacamole. And I thought Imposters was good…..

Filled with action that continuously keeps the stakes at an all-time high, Scott Westerfeld gives an incredible examination into self-discovery, family, and the regulation of emotions.

Shatter City is the perfect continuation of the Uglies series. Imposters was good but this second installment takes the series to an
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Melanie Dulaney
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian, ya
“The Smoke Lives!” (Yea!!) In Book 2 of Scott Westerfeld’s Impostors series, readers are going to get plenty of hover board action and some pretty outstanding AI and cool gadgets to entertain and intrigue readers who are new to the world after Tally Youngblood and those who have loved it since the Uglies first hit the YA dystopian shelves. It is highly recommended to wait on this installment until after reading Impostors, but it is not necessary to have the foundations from the four book Uglies ...more
Jodie- Readthewriteact
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think I might like this sequel more than the original. The plot again, was fairly fast paced but I felt that it also allowed for more of Frey's character development which I was after. The plot is full of many twists and turns with a Sci-Fi edge to it. It is a gripping read that draws into wanting to see the conclusion, which might add did not disappointment. I would like to learn more about Rafi's character in the next book because I don't feel she is as well rounded as Frey.
Ilana
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s been a while since we’ve been in this series but this second book gives us all the feels you could hope for. (definitely an overused phrase in this story though). Anyhow, like the summary says, we are thrown right back into the middle of a war – where Rafi and Frey are against their father because all he has in mind is to destroy the world for motives unknown aside from a need for power.

When we left off, Frey traded places with Rafi in the hopes of saving her love Col, and well, we know how
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Kate Gravelle
Dec 15, 2019 rated it liked it
A little about trust, failure and trying to do the right thing without know if it’s truly the right thing. Decent book.
thegirlonfire
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it
listened to this on audiobook and read the arc copy. idk if it was bc i was also listening but idk i liked imposters wayy more.. i still love the world and the tech and the terms. but idk its just an ok sequel. i like frey but the rest of the characters i dont really know much or care much about.the book is fast pace and has cool scenes but didnt love it. still gonna read the 3th book when it comes out ofc.
Renata
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, ya, sci-fi
fuck!!! why is Scott Westerfeld so good!!!! I didn't love Impostors but this one builds up the world and its technologies in such a SMART way, I'm obsessed. I also sort of thought the switched-twin dynamic would get old but honestly????? It kept working??? What the fuck????

Also the REVEAL at the end aaaaaaaa

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Karen Barber
Sometimes the second book in a series doesn’t really capture your imagination, though it sets things in place. I honestly didn’t feel that - as there’s a lot of distractions here to flesh characters out and start to develop the bigger picture.
Having willingly chosen to remain behind, Frey now has to convince everyone she is her sister. She puts in place a plan to marry Col and seems to be in support of her father. The menace coming from this guy cannot be underestimated - when he tells Frey the
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Wendy  Wallflower
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wishlist, 2019
I don't review favorite authors.

The first half was a little slow for me, the time in Paz mostly. But I realized by the end it was necessary, to really get a general feel for the city, so we can mourn losing it. The last half I really enjoyed- Westerfeld delivered the action and twists I was looking for, as he always does. It's no wonder Frey longs for the Feels the way she does. It's her way of being able to choose how she can feel, since it seems her whole life, and even now people are still
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Lesr Kew
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was great but not as good as the first one in my opinion. A few times I had to reread what was happening because the actions and words were very “other-worldly”. But it was jammed packed full of adventure and it ended with a bang as well. Emotional.
Nathaniel
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book. THIS BOOK. Scott Westerfeld outdid himself with it. Everyone needs to read it. I want to reread the entire Uglies series and put these at the end because I love the connections. Agh. My book heart is screaming.
Jess
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pretty good book, but definitely felt like it was laying the ground work for the rest of the series (as most 2nd in a series do). Will continue with the series.
Leah (Jane Speare)
I think I liked Shatter City more than Impostors! Way cool new tech, good ol' slang, and some separation from gushy romance. I sped through this one.
Miranda
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-releases
Whew. What a ride.
I think I enjoyed this more than the last one.
Ariel
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
This series is fun but just does not compare to the first go round in this universe, the Uglies series. There are two princesses of Shreve, an evil dictator state, because the evil dictator wants an heir and a spare. That was a closely guarded secret for 17 years (I.e., their lifetimes). Now it’s out and they’re openly opposing their cruel father, who is busily trying to shatter the happy city-states that oppose him. But they’re separated for most of the book which is a shame, since the ...more
Grace Kathleen
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
**I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange from an honest review although I suck and haven't written the review until now**

This book gave me all the feels. Scott Westerfeld has once again solidified why he's my favorite author--his books literally never disappoint.

If you haven't picked up this series yet, I don't know what you're doing. We all loved Uglies, and this is Uglies 2.0. The world is expanded, the characters are even more complex, and the plot twists are somehow still
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Liz (Quirky Cat)
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shatter City is the second novel in Scott Westerfeld’s latest series, The Imposters. Set after the events during The Uglies, this is a series sure to draw in all of his old fans once again.
Frey and Rafi are twins, though until recently the world only ever knew about Rafi. Thanks to the brutal tactics of their father, Frey has been forced to go above and beyond – joining her father’s enemies in order to save as many lives as possible.
Okay, and it doesn’t hurt that Frey will finally allowed to be
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Kristin
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
I really liked Shatter City! It was an interesting read, and I was curious to see how things would work out after the way Impostors ended. It didn’t disappoint, and I definitely want to know what happens next.

It was interesting to follow both Frey and Rafi. It was pretty interesting to see how they did the good old twins pretending to be each other thing. Even though this series follows Frey, there is part of me that wonders what things are really like for Rafi, and I’d love to see a chapter or
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Alexa Abee
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
You can check out this review and my other reviews at Writing the Universe

Title: Shatter City (Imposters #2)
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Pub. Date: September 17, 2019
Rating: .5

This will be a spoiler free review!

Being back int the world of the Uglies is always fun. It was one of the first YA Dystopian series I ever read, therefore solidifying a fond place in my heart. Now, if Netflix would please pick it up and adapt it, that would be fantastic.

It’s been a little over a year since I read Imposters –
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Kate Waggoner
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
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Thank you to the #kidlitexchange network, the publisher @scholasticinc, and the author @scott_westerfeld for the advance copy of Shatter City. Shatter City will hit shelves on September 17, 2019.

This is the second book in the Impostors series and it picks up right where the first leaves off. Frey is trapped in Shreve pretending to be Rafia in order to save Col. During this time, Rafia pretends to be Frey to continue the resistance. Eventually, Frey finds herself alone in
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Cheyenne
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was another great addition to the Uglies universe. I'm really enjoying the story of Rafia and Frey and the way that it has evolved over time. I was particularly impressed with the twist at the end of this book; though I've been trying to figure it out since the first book, it still took my by surprise while making perfect sense and going along with everything else that happened better than any explanation I thought of would have. However, there were also a few new worldbuilding elements I ...more
Robin
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Almost from the first page, Shatter City is full of action!

Told in the first person, the story follows Frey, the biologically engineered twin of the First Daughter of Shreve, born to serve as her sister’s body double, with no legal identity of her own. Only her sister, their father, and her trainers know she even exists.

In this second installment of Westerfeld’s Impostors, Frey’s sister Rafia is missing. Frey must stand in for her under the spotlights, attending parties and getting ready to
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Scott Westerfeld is a New York Times bestselling author of YA. He was born in the Texas and now lives in Sydney and New York City. In 2001, Westerfeld married fellow author Justine Larbalestier.

He is best known for the Uglies and Leviathan series. His next book, IMPOSTORS, returns to the world of Uglies. It comes out September 11, 2018.

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