Sloan and Harley Glass were born moments apart; but, despite their differences, the sixteen-year-old twins couldn’t be closer. They’ve held their tongues each and every time their mother has uprooted them—often moving across the country with little notice. They’ve learned to accept change. But what is Mom running from?
They discover they’re travelers—half-descendants of those who can traverse an entire universe of parallel worlds known as fractals. When the past catches up, Harley is kidnapped and taken to one of those distant worlds. Now, Sloan must garner her courage and find a way to rescue her sister. Traversing the worlds isn’t the hard part; it’s surviving the elements and the creatures lying in wait to destroy everything in their path.
Will the Glass sisters be able to save the fractal worlds from the kidnapper, or will everything fracture and crumble around them?
***I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review via Casey L. Bond.
Fractured Glass is a brilliant mix of science fiction, paranormal, romance, and friendship. An anthology unlike I’ve ever experienced, Fractured Glass is a collaboration between 5 authors who each contribute a piece to the overall story. If the author bios hadn’t been between each section I would have assumed they were written by the same writer, everything flows seamlessly together into one cohesive, imaginative journey.
- The fractals, the stacked worlds, the mix of physics with paranormal was creative and colorful. It allowed for descriptive settings, unique situations, and unconventional characters. The sheer number of paranormal creatures and scenarios was a magnetic and explosive combination of awesome.
- Sloan is so much stronger than she knows. Her growth is profound as she realizes who she is without her sister and what she’s capable for becoming. Sloan is smart, crafty, and a little nerdy but she has tons of heart and though she can be a tad oblivious she’ll stop at nothing to save those she loves. Sloan is brave and what I loved about her was that she never pretended to be something she was not. When she had misgivings, it showed, she she was scared, she shook, when she felt attraction she blushed, she never pretended to be more by herself.
- Calix is sexy, chivalrous and mysterious. The perfect blend of knight in shinning armor and darkness.
- Diego is adorably geeky. He’s obsessed with computers, wears glasses, and has a heart of gold. He takes compassion and protectiveness to a new level. Diego faces his fears to claim the heart of the girl he loves.
- Together, Diego and Sloan are cute. They are made of blushing and subtle flirtation that turns into embarrassment.
- Harley was kind of fickle and obnoxious. She lies to her sister, jeopardizes everything and when it comes time to have it out with her twin, there’s no yelling, only absolute forgiveness. Like many aspects of this story, things that were kind of a big deal were far too easily resolved or just simply dismissed.
- The battle scenes were anticlimactic and short. All of the build up and certainty of David’s strength and sinister intentions culminated in a battle that could have been epic but instead felt rushed, staggered, and disappointing. David’s character was marked as one who liked to inflict pain, cause terror, and leave his mark wherever he went. The kind of guy who prolonged torment and when it came down to it, he was cocky but scared.
- Some sections felt remarkably forgetful. The entire plot centered around Harley and Sloan’s magical map and when it came time, after it being remarked upon over and over, they forgot about it and act as if they have no clue what it is. I was confused by the missing links in their knowledge from one section to the next.