Review: Becoming Henry: The Manuscript: Shattered Lives (Shattered Lives Graphic Novel Book 0) by Rissa Blakeley


Title: Shattered Lives: Becoming Henry: The Manuscript
Author: Rissa Blakeley
Published: Dec. 6, 2016
Publisher: Self
Pages: 53

His mother murdered before his eyes, Luke Richards was thrust into the foster care system. Specially selected for what he thought was a military program in the East End of London, his sixteen-year-old attitude and smart mouth earned him numerous beatings, especially when he stood up for the only girl in class.

In the shadows, someone watched, begging for his life to be spared.

Through corporal punishment, the program leaders reinforced that he had nothing, was nothing, and meant nothing.

Identities changed. Luke Richards became Liam Henry Daniels.

Tracking devices surgically implanted, the recruits were kept locked in a prison built on greed and absolute power.

Ordered to leave for the States to put the leader’s plan into action, Liam feared for the safety of the girl he loved, asking another to protect her.

With limited options, he craved control over his life.

Decision made, Liam became Henry.

NOTE: Becoming Henry: The Manuscript is a companion to the Becoming Henry Shattered Lives Graphic Novel Issue #1

This is a very short novella and it just gives us readers a little bit more a more in depth of how Luke becomes Liam and the time he was in the program. This is all through the eyes of a teen who will not be broken down. We learn how they inject him and we see a bit of his cocky attitude towards the guys who like to be tough. I think this was a neat story to get a bit more of Luke/Liam/Henry's background of what we have already read in the novels. I think with this book you can either read it before you read the other books or afterwards. 

Rissa Blakeley
Rissa Blakeley is the author of a fantasy paranormal series, Corvidae Guard, and a post-apocalyptic saga, Shattered Lives, which features a paranormal twist and has been adapted into graphic novel form.
As a native New Yorker, Rissa is now a Georgia transplant who is completely addicted to black coffee and La Croix, obsessively listening to songs on repeat. Her days are packed with characters screaming for more scenes, cats living up to their Harry Potter namesakes, lazy dogs, a teenage daughter, who’s bringing Emo back, and a Viking husband, who finds her puns less than funny. When Rissa isn’t writing, she can be found procrastinating on social media.

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