Today I am featuring the book Before I Shatter by Mandy Peterson. Before I Shatter is the first book in the Young Adult sci-fi series Before I Shatter. There’s currently a giveaway for this book on Goodreads. Scroll furtehr to read mroe about this book and the author. There’s also an excerpt from Before I Shatter.
In the Lunar Colonies, scientific advances are the key to survival.
Seventeen-year-old Vita is the daughter of two prominent scientists. When her unique ability to project her consciousness onto different planes without aid is discovered, the ambitious Director takes over her development, and he wants to see just how far she can go.
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.
It’s up to Vita’s Processor, young hotshot James, to catch her before she breaks.
But he’s keeping a dangerous secret.
With the Director’s tasks getting more and more impossible, James’s growing affection for her, and the sudden appearance of a mysterious stranger, Vita’s mind is reeling.
Someone is playing games with her.
A game where the loser ends up shattered.
Vita must make the choice:
Continue risking her life
or make an unprecedented escape?
He is watching her every move.
Through a computer screen.
Connected to sensors.
Feeding him the images from her brain.
She’s a bronze, wild-haired statue surrounded by nothing but glowing white sand and inky skies. A twitch and the sand rises to meet her delicate fingertips.
His breath catches. She’s doing it.
Her mind calls the sand to pile beneath her feet and it eagerly does her bidding, transforming into an ephemeral stairway to the stars. While slowly ascending, her dark eyes sparkle with delight. Her breath catches.
She’s doing it.
Deposited gently back to the earth, she extends an arm and the grains form a twirling tendril synchronizing with her movement.
“You don’t need to use your arms.” George, the boy’s mentor, reprimands the girl loudly across the room. “Use only your mind.” A bit gentler.
Her hand drops.
The sand stills.
Fiery red streaks cut through the landscape, blinding the onlookers. When the scene rests, jaws drop. She has changed the landscape from a night desert to a balmy sunny day on the beach.
“How did she-”
“Shh!” His mentor interrupts him and begins feverishly taking down notes. “Record! Record!”
The boy fumbles with the controls, not willing to look away, and his hands finally find his target.
On the beach, the water reaches to tickle her bare toes. The girl’s eyes blink hard against the sunlight’s assault, and she lets out a whoop. Her hands fly to her laughing mouth and she is pure joy. Without reservation, she rushes into the salty brine, splashing enthusiastically and plunging herself under the surface. As she rises, her eyes look down at her body and examine her handiwork.
The boy blushes. Positively every inch of her is soaked. Dark hair trails down her shoulders and arms to her white gown that clings to her form. Before he can look away, she throws her body down and allows the waves to push her closer to shore. Mercifully, she is focused on the bright landscape once again.
His eyes narrow.
Her eyes narrow.
What is that?
“Vita!” A deep voice calls, jolting the old man out of his work.
A dark being has emerged on the beach. The girl has frozen.
“Vita!” George calls to her, trying to dislodge her consciousness.
Her hazel-green eyes fill to the brim and she has never seemed so small to him as when she whispers, “I love you”. The boy pushes one last button. Fracture.
When she isn’t writing about herself in third person, Mandy the high school librarian can be found digging through young adult and new adult lit. An avid reader of all genres (but she secretly told me she loves sci-fi the most), you will usually see her with her nose in a book or face to her Kindle app, iced or blended coffee drink in hand. A former roller girl and roller derby referee, she can also be found watching roller derby online or dragging her family behind her to cheer on teams in person all over their great state.