Shatter by Nikki Tionfo
Source: Received ebook from publisher to review
Genre: YA Mystery
Book Description: When a mysterious explosion kills her sister, Salem Jefferson becomes convinced the death was no accident—it was a conspiracy. But no one else at her high school believes her, and all she has so far is one clue. She knows Carrie hired a gang member to protect orchard workers. Problem is, Salem doesn't know who.
To find out, Salem pursues the gang-bangers who rule her town, especially classmate Cordero. As her distrust of Cordero heats up, so do the number of suspects in Carrie's death. Teachers and school officers are orchard owners. They have every reason to stop farm workers from demanding higher wages. With Carrie's killers still out there, Salem's not sure who she can trust. Meanwhile, the people who live on orchards and the people who pick them are drawing lines in the sand.
The only way for Salem to learn the truth is to slip behind those enemy lines.
The only way to survive is to find a way back out.
Shatter is the grand prize winner of the LDStorymakers First Chapter Contest that author Jolene Perry calls "a stunning debut that’ll keep you turning pages ’til the end."
My thoughts: I hate it when I have to admit that I have not finished a book when I have a blog tour review scheduled. At this time I am about 50% finished.
This is a fascinating book. Salem wants to find out what happened to her sister. She knows that her death was not an accident. She gets out of her comfort zone and puts herself in situations to uncover the truth. In the process she comes in contact with many dangerous people. I think when I was her age, 16, I would have hid myself under my covers and tried to pretend that bad people were a figment of my imagination!
I am intrigued by a process she is undergoing for a class and how it correlates to her investigation. She is studying the assassination of John Kennedy. They are debating the probability of it being a conspiracy. She is learning the different techniques that gangs, mobs, and foreign countries use to take out an enemy. I am anxious to find out how it relates to the murder of her sister.
So far I don't have any concerns on content, other than the violence. There are a few murders and she is present during a gang related shooting. I will leave a full review on Goodreads and Amazon when I have completed the book.
So far I am leaning to a 4 star rating.
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About the Author: Nikki is a published short-story author and serve as the social coordinator of the LDStorymakers conference and chair of Storymakers Tribe. Shatter won the grand prize for all categories in the LDStorymakers’ First Chapter Contest and first place in the League of Utah Writers’ YA manuscript category. Nikki works in online marketing and, as a start to building a readership-platform, hosts a writing webinar channel with over a thousand views on YouTube under the name Fifty First Chapters.
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