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Shatter City

(Impostors #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,422 ratings  ·  274 reviews
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 detour. Suddenly she is stranded on her own in Paz, a city where many of the citi
Hardcover, First edition, 416 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Scholastic Press
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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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☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
So 'fierce' it's almost 'brain-missing'!
What in the name of bubbling drizzlies have I done? Now I'm gonna have to read the 'Uglies'... Ugh.... As if my reading list needed this.

It’s brain-missing, gathering in the rain to eat and drink and buy. They could be home with their holes in the wall, fabricating whatever they want. But Pazx love to cluster, to make noisy, collective theater out of every exchange. (c)
We roll out the door into the reeling gray sky. (c)
I am a descending hawk, inesca
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great novel by Westerfeld! From the Uglies series until now, I've not read one of his books that I did not thoroughly enjoy. The dialect that he incorporates into this world building really sets the tone and helps me see this as a completely different reality. Keeps you on your toes - no skimming allowed! (Personally, I always need that.)

I strongly recommend this YA novel to science fiction fans of all ages. Enjoy!
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Brooke W
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lia Carstairs, Zainab
Recommended to Brooke by: Myself ;)
Impostors ended with a cliffhanger. Scott Westerfeld style(which makes sense). I LOVED Impostors. To the point where I was rereading my favorite parts and ended up reading half of the book. Scott Westerfeld does that. He is so so talented!

eMotIoNs. Ahhhhh *confliction*
Frey: I love Frey. I relate to Frey, she is like a best friend to me. (view spoiler). I appreciate Frey's character and her development.
Rafia: I don't re
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 ac ...more
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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
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 enti
rafia ✿
5 stars ✧ "I was born to be sniper bait. My body resists sitting here motionless, letting a drone spray on my makeup. Dodging bullets was better."

Another 5-star book for me written by Scott Westerfeld!! Not disappointing in the slightest. I do think I enjoyed this one much more than the first Imposters book because there's just something different about physically reading Scotts amazing writing style versus listening to the audiobook, so I am really glad I got to borrow this from the library!
Melanie Dulaney
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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

(view spoiler)
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I managed to get sidetracked a quarter way through the book, but damn I flew through this when I picked it up again. Within 3 days, I finished this incredibly action-packed read (save the huge gap between months) and it was awesome. Couldn't put it down.

Probably not as good as the first book, but it flourished in it's own way.

Gotta say, I love Frey so much. Her character building in this is fantastic. All the people she meets, the tests she, I really loved it. On the flip-side, do
Jodie- Readthewriteact
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. ...more
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kate Gravelle
A little about trust, failure and trying to do the right thing without know if it’s truly the right thing. Decent book.
The sequel to Imposters is a little bit less of a cliffhanger, but still... Also, the next two books in the series haven't been released yet, so it will be a while on that cliffie. ...more
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shatter City is filled with non stop action. From escapes, to wars, to completely destroying city’s. Fray and her rebel friends work together to take down her father. Well Fray and Col’s relationship is going side ways with all the pretending to be different people.
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.
Reading is my Escape
Back to the Uglies universe again. Not as amazing as the original Uglies books, but still fun and enjoyable.
Karen Barber
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ch
Lesr Kew
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
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.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases
Whew. What a ride.
I think I enjoyed this more than the last one.
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This was so good, just like the first one. The feels were kind of strange and unnatural, but seemed to work. Can't wait for the next one! ...more
Emmaline Hirschten
This was pretty good!! I liked the fist one a little better because it hooked me more but I really liked how she was on her own most of this book. I do like the ship but I didn't really care about it while reading this book like I did the last one. I think her making friends on her own was great though!! Anyway so I really like this and I am excited for the next one! ...more
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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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Impostors (4 books)
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