The Star Shards Chronicles is a trilogy of novels by Neal Shusterman. It follows the struggles of six Ordinary High School Students who were conceived at the same instant that a star exploded light-years away. The coincidence of their birth caused them to receive extraordinary powers; however, as our story begins, our heroes' abilities have been corrupted and twisted against their true purpose by unknown forces.The three books in the trilogy:
Scorpion Shards: The six protagonists struggle to discover the source of their strange and horrific abilities and their connection to one another, and to overcome the otherworldly parasites that have corrupted their powers.
Thief of Souls: Our heroes must face an ancient, malevolent, soul-eating foe who has escaped from his long imprisonment.
Shattered Sky: Powerful and terrifying invaders appear from a parallel dimension, and only the Star Shards have the power to stop this new force... but can they join together in time?
This trilogy contains examples of:
The Atoner: Dillon becomes this in the second book, and Tessic views himself as one in the third book.
Darker and Edgier: The series is fairly dark to start out, but the third book, with its older main and supporting cast, shows an increase in sex and profanity.
Death Is Cheap: With Dillon's power to resurrect the dead, the Happy Campers begin to believe this. As do the Shards while under Okoya's control.
Doppelgänger Replacement Love Interest: In the third book, after Michael dies, Lourdes attempts to create these and fails. In an even stranger example, Maddy replaces Deanna at the very end by giving up her own soul to be replaced by Deanna's.
Love It or Hate It: Michael in the first book, In-Universe. Except for the other Star Shards, every woman he meets immediately develops an intense lust for him, and every man he meets immediately hates him with equal intensity. Unintentionally Lampshaded by his guidance counselor.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Infecting Okoya with all the parasites and sending him into an alternate dimension in Thief of Souls turns out to be a very bad idea when the parasites run amok in the alternate dimension and displace its inhabitants, who decide to emigrate to Earth in Shattered Sky.