Before I Shatter by Mandy Peterson

book coverBefore I Shatter by Rebecca Jaycox
Published by Aelurus Publishing on July 30th, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Pages: 298
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Seventeen-year-old Vita is the next step in human evolution.

The daughter of two prominent scientists, Vita is content to live in the spotlight. After all, it affords her a lifestyle most only dream of: living in a Lunar Colony, luxurious gifts, and her unique ability to project her consciousness onto different planes without the aid of injections.

Succeeding where others have failed has a price. A growing population of Shells – people whose minds have shattered from the stress of experimentation – shows just how ruthless the Director can be in pursuit of his goal.

When Vita makes a startling breakthrough, the ambitious Director takes over her development, and he wants to see just how far she can go. It’s up to Vita’s young Processor, James, to catch her before she breaks.

But he’s keeping a dangerous secret.

Someone is playing games with her.
A game where the loser ends up shattered.

Vita must make the choice:
Continue risking her life for a cause she doesn’t believe in
or make an unprecedented escape?


This book was hard to get into at first and then only slightly entertaining after that. There were quite a few characters in this book and none of them had the depth I look for in characters I’ve grown to love and care about over time. I felt like with a smaller cast and more focus on character growth this book would have been far better.

The love story in this book also left a lot to be desired. I just wasn’t moved and I guess I expect more when there’s even an inkling of a romance budding in a book. Love is something many readers can connect with, or desire for themselves, so there was a lot of room to grow here.

The antagonist of the book was by far my favorite character and though I am usually a villain lover, I love a female lead. However, this one grew but not enough. Her relationships with other characters also didn’t grow and didn’t seem genuine.

Sadly, I’m not sure I’ll be continuing this journey with Vita.



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