Author: Neal Shusterman
Published: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover; 320pg
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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?
Thief of Souls begins with the story of Prometheus, also known as The Bringer. I expected it to jump immediately back into the story of the Star Shards, so I was a little taken aback. However, it became clear that this was the perfect way to start the second book of the Star Shards Chronicles. In this installment of the trilogy, the Star Shards find themselves struggling not with soul-leeching parasites but with their own inner demons. Their power is consuming them and the outcome could be catastrophic with the will of The Bringer being added to the mix.
The Bringer was an amazing antagonist. The way he eased himself into the lives of the Shards and became their confidant, only to later shatter everything they thought they knew about each other was brilliant. The Bringer has to devour souls in order to maintain his power and with the followers of the Shards reaching outrageous numbers, he has no shortage to worry about.
This book was a quick read for me. It kept me drawn in to the story and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. The characters go through many changes throughout this novel and it was really interesting to see their progression. Overall, a fantastic story that brings to light the dilemmas that everyone faces while trying to discern right from wrong.
5 stars to Thief of Souls!