Early Review: Thief of Souls by Neal Shusterman

thief_of_soulsThief of Souls by Neal Shusterman
Series: The Star Shards Chronicles #2
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Re-Release Date: May 7, 2013
ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

A group of monumentally powerful teens must face an ancient, soul-eating foe in this second book of The Star Shards Chronicles.

A cataclysmic explosion has given earthly teens astronomical powers—when the star Mentarsus-H went supernova at their conceptions, the teens absorbed the shattered soul of the star and inherited unimaginable abilities. Now the Star Shards have become like gods, drunk on their own power—and ripe for manipulation by The Bringer, a creature who would turn them against one another and transform the planet into his own personal feeding ground. But who is more dangerous: The Bringer or the Star Shards?

D.G.’s Rating: 4 skulls = B+

Thief of Souls was even better than Scorpion Shards. The plot was tighter but still as frightening, as it follows the Shards after they have vanquished their demons. They are now in full possession of their immense powers but as usual with teens the world over, they are ripe for manipulation. Their sin this time is hubris. Their victory over their foes have given them a sense of invincibility but you know what they say…the bigger they are, the harder they fall.

At the beginning of this book, the Shards find themselves enjoying the fruits of their powers. They had separated after the events in the Unworld and those that could, returned to their families. They are not outcasts anymore; instead they are popular and liked. But as they see the evidence of their unworldly abilities, they start believing they are better than humans. Soon, they are called to join each other again, but the seeds of vainglory have been sown and when you see how some of them use their power, it’s clear that the World is in grave danger.

This is the perfect situation for The Bringer to step in. A Iago like character, The Bringer is a master manipulator who knows just what buttons to push to alienate the Shards from each other. He appeals to each of their strength and turns them into obsessions. Even those who held true in the previous book and fought their demons, fall to the temptation of vanity and worship. The fall, when it happens, is from a mighty high place.

Was she so great a soul that she was beyond the need for conscience? 

Michael was my favorite character in the last book and it’s still is in this one. I wished the business with Drew had been solved differently – it would have been such a twist given the nature of Michael’s problem in Scorpion Shards – but I guess it was not to be.

Normal humans fare even worse in this book than in the previous one so the idea that the Shards were the real villains was at the forefront of my mind. I will definitely have to finish the trilogy soon to find out!

D.G.’s Rating:  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Thanks to Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for providing a review copy of this book!

Series Order:
1. Scorpion Shards
2. Thief of Souls
3. Shattered Sky

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