This is one of those books that make me feel left out. So many adore this book and fangirl like crazy about it so I wanted to adore it too. I wanted to but it just wasn’t for me. And I’m feeling all shades of lonely because I didn’t love this book so many others did.Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #1
Published by HarperCollins on 15 Nov 2011
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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 tht the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
First Line of Shatter Me:
“I’ve been locked up for 264 days.“
My thoughts on Shatter Me:
I had two issues early on with this book – the writing style and the lack of action. The writing style must be a love or hate style as I have seen so many people wax lyrical about it. I totally agree that it is 100% unique but I wasn’t a fan. Basically my initial reactions were something like this:
1% Hello metaphors!
3% So many mixed metaphors. My head hurts like light from a falling star is touching my foot and making my ear itch. Confused? Well that’s I how felt reading Shatter Me!
5% I don’t like this book,
I hate this book , this is not a Trish book
12% So far all that has happened is that she has a new cell mate and she has taken a shower.
So I knew early this book wasn’t going to work for me. However I was determined to finish it out. Juliette drove me mad with her unending inner monologue of thoughts. I think a part of why I disliked this book was that it was heavy on reflection and light on action which isn’t what I expect when I pick up a dystopia. I’m looking for action and excitement and this book didn’t deliver on this.
Well not early on anyway. I have to admit when I got to about 60%, I got more invested. Finally things started to happen and we got a bit more insight into the world that Juliette was living in. I was never a big fan of the romance between Juliette and Adam but as the book wove on I just accepted it. I think because the writing style didn’t work for me I never got attached to the characters and I never felt the feelings I should towards any of them.
It’s a dystopia and we all know the only rule is trust no one. If you read the book with this basic rule at the back of your head, there aren’t really any big surprises or shocks ahead, nothing you don’t see coming a mile off. I have to admit I’m a bit curious about Warner still but not curious enough to read the next book.
So basically just not for me. And it probably is a genuine case of ‘it’s not you book, it’s me”. I didn’t appreciate the writing style and it dragged everything else down for me.
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Who should read Shatter Me?
I think if you have an interest in this book, have a look around at more reviews. I’m in the minority here as most love it. As I don’t care enough to finish the series, I can’t in all honesty recommend it.