Shatter Me Paperback – 9 January 2018
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The gripping first installment in New York Times bestselling author Tahereh Mafi's Shatter Me series.
One touch is all it takes. One touch, and Juliette Ferrars can leave a fully grown man gasping for air. One touch, and she can kill.
No one knows why Juliette has such incredible power. It feels like a curse, a burden that one person alone could never bear. But The Reestablishment sees it as a gift, sees her as an opportunity. An opportunity for a deadly weapon.
Juliette has never fought for herself before. But when she's reunited with the one person who ever cared about her, she finds a strength she never knew she had.
And don't miss Defy Me, the shocking fifth book in the Shatter Me series!--Publishers Weekly
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Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a torturėd soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
- ASIN : 0062085506
- Publisher : HarperCollins (9 January 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780062085504
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062085504
- Dimensions : 2.29 x 13.21 x 20.07 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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First of all, I did enjoy the writing style and the way Mafi ‘crosses out’ phrases to reflect Juliet’s mental state but even that got annoying and repetitive after the first one hundred pages. The characters were bland, cardboard cutouts and completely one dimensial. The insta Love was annoying, as it always is. Also, I feel as if nothing happened in the book, which is odd because a number of events that should’ve been exciting occurred that did not affect me whatsoever and interested me even less. Near the ending, there is a part where we assume a certain character to be dead, but I didn’t feel the slightest amount of sadness. At the ending, I felt no joy, no happiness and certainly no motivation to continue the series. It is not often I leave a book completely devoid of emotion. I think where Mafi went wrong was the characters, had they been more fleshed out, they may have helped with driving the plot. Also, the insta love really bothered me in this one and should’ve just been left out or slowed down by a lot.
Overall, I will not be continuing this series and I am hugely dissapointed.
That did not happen.
I did also like the unique idea of crossed out sentences to represent Juliette's mental state and repetition of words but these got quickly tiresome and therefore irritable.
I feel like not much has happened in the book, the characters were one dimensional and the 'romance' seemed fake. It didn't have a natural flow and seemed almost forced, where all three male characters were enticed by Juliette and all three wanted her... Sorry, I did not buy that.
What I can say is that I expected more of this great preamble of a synopsis and the ending didn't drag me out to buy the next book in the series... although from the middle of the book to the end, the actions and descriptions got a lot better, I must say.
As a plus side it was a quick and easy read.
I put off reading this book for the longest time because for the most part, I stay away from books with love triangles. However, I heard so many good things about this book, so I ordered the complete trilogy plus the novella and devoured them all.
My thoughts when reading this book:
Is Adam supposed to be the GOOD guy? He takes her bed and makes her sleep on the cold hard floor, betrays her and tries to get information from her, stands back while everyone beats her up. Not really what I was expecting from Adam. Yes I know he was ordered to do all that, but still...
The insta-love was too much. Of course, she is going to be attracted to Adam and craves his touch, she hasn't seen/interacted with human beings for years! The relationship with Adam and Juliette is false and there is no foundation to it, just attraction. But then all of a sudden Juliette has been "In love" with him for years even though she had never spoken a word to him.
Now, I am all for the "morally grey" "bad boy" character but Warner is something else, he is psychotic! I like his character in this book but definitely not as Juliette's love interest.
Loved the characters we meet at the end, with all their abilities and interesting personalities.
Love the setting, I felt like I was right there with the characters! However, there is no world building at all.
Throughout the novel Juliette always tells us that she will "fight back" against those who have wronged her, she does nothing. Adam is the one who drags her out of there. I thought Juliette was going to slay, but really from the start to the end she is so...broken and a little crazy, also filled with self-loathing. She literally flinches when someone moves. She strikes me as very innocent and native.
Really addicting though, after finishing this I went straight to book 2.
Did I have a lot of problems with it? Yes, a bucket load. But I had a fun time reading.
I will definitely read more by this author and would recommend giving this series a go.
Shatter me is the first in a dystopian young adult series written by Taherah Mafi. It focuses on our main character Juliette who has a magical power that can kill people just by touching them. She is also imprisoned during the beginning of the novel and the government/establishment are eager to use her to their advantage during war and torture.
At first, I found it very difficult to get into this book. The writing is something I am completely not used to. It's jagged and often clumsy at times. I had a job to follow it if I were reading when I was tired. I overlooked the random metaphors, which pop up so so much and just stuck to the storyline. There is a lot of repetition and those comparisons of real life things to how our MC is feeling are often random and distracting. I understand that this is to convey the current mental health of the character but it was overdone. It was really difficult to get used to when I usually read adult novels.
Our main character is taken to the establishment to meet a man named Warner who is in charge of the army in this area. He's literally the same age as our MC, or appears to be, so that did perplex me a little (but hey ho). Warner comes across as a very evil person. He shoots and kills people for no reason sometimes and his character was developed well. I did feel a little sorry for him halfway through as he clearly loves Juliette. Although, this isn't reciprocated. Our other main character is Adam. Adam is a school friend of Juliette's and Warner's right-hand man in the army. It shows that Adam is a tough character and I really loved him. He was my favourite male character in this book. He comes across very kind and sensitive, especially when he breaks Juliette out of the establishment and tries to save her. I really connected with him and I hope that the romance between him and Juliette will continue.
Besides the random writing, which could have taken away from the story, I really enjoyed the premise of this book. I loved all of the characters and I felt they were developed well. I've bought the two books that follow on from this and the little novella book too. I hope to see this plot develop more and I've even seen on Twitter from the author that there are going to be another three books in this series. Which is exciting!
Overall, an interesting read and a good, short introduction into the dystopian YA genre. I enjoyed it as it was my first experience in this genre and I hope to read more.