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Review: Fragmentados- Neal Shusterman

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What is it like to imagine a life in which in adolescence there is a law that from the age of thirteen you can have your body donated for fragmentation? It sounds crazy in a real world, but maybe this is just an idea that could serve an ideal political purpose in the future.

The truth is that the Law of Life is one of the main themes of the book Fragmented in Neal Shusterman, which mentions that from thirteen to eighteen years old, anyone can be donated to have the organs of the body separated and placed in another person. Logically, this law was created after a civil war called the Heartland War, where many people died and others were injured by the question of choice between two sides: the one who defends life and the one who defends choice.

In a chaotic scenario set in the United States, Connor, Risa and Lev will be the main characters of this story. If you are imagining something that can be a strange fantasy or dystopia or even half stopped, you can change your thinking. When I started reading Fragmented I totally surrendered to the characters that, despite having different characteristics from each other, are focused on a crucial issue: living.

Connor had already been declared a donor by his parents, who didn't even think he really wanted to live. But his parents were thinking about a more comfortable life, thinking about vacations while he was being ripped to shreds during the fragmentation.

Risa never had much of a choice as she was abandoned when she was born. But since babies born cannot be discarded, she was kept in an institution until she was old enough to be sent to camps where several other teenagers are prepared for the final experience.

Lev, on the other hand, never imagined anything different for himself. His whole life had made his family a potential donor, a tithe, and he knew that when he turned thirteen he would go straight to the fields and his destiny would be traced.

“ – There are also people who tithe their first, second or third child. Each family must make the decision alone. Your parents waited a long time before making the decision to have you” (Pg.31).

Tension and adrenaline are present on every page. The most brilliant thing about the plot is that on one side there is a character who was created to have a vision of a servant for a religion that his parents believed in and of others who wanted at all costs to escape. And that's when all the scenes start to change. It is not only through them that Fragmented builds a happy plot. Several other characters are inserted into the story little by little and thus a war is created, a form of vision in which the solution to the problem may be found.

There are times when my heart was in my hand. Others where he seemed to be running away with the teenagers. But at the end of the book you realize that everything can't end in that real way and what you most want is for it to have a continuation.

The chapters are interspersed between the characters and the New concept just published Disintegrated, the continuation of the Trilogy. There's a lot of action and twists and turns in Split and you're sure to ask yourself several times which side you're on before making a decision about this law of a world I don't even dream of being a part of. Will you accept or become a revolutionary?

“No one knows how it happens. Nobody knows how it's done. Harvesting fragments is a medical ritual that is confined to the walls of every harvest clinic in the nation. In this respect it is no different from death itself, for no one knows what mysteries lie beyond those doors.” (Page 273).

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