Book Review : Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

February 24, 2014 Book review 22 ★★

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.

Book Review : Shatter Me by Tahereh MafiShatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #1
Published by HarperCollins on 15 Nov 2011
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: two-stars


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.


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22 Responses to “Book Review : Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi”

  1. Wendy @ Book Scents

    Hmm that’s too bad! I really liked Shatter Me! I can tell how the writing style may be love it or hate it though! It’s definitely different. I was really excited for the 3rd book but after seeing a few reviews, I’m actually dreading reading it a bit. I’ll see! Should be reading it soon.
    Wendy @ Book Scents recently posted…Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

    • trish

      I really wanted to love it Wendy and join in the fan-girling! But, not this time. You can tell me what happens in book 3 after you read it 🙂

    • trish

      No, I’m just going to read the spoilers! LOL. I don’t like the writing style so I’m just going to have to write this series off. Gah, I wanted to love it! Glad it worked out better for you Laura 🙂

  2. Charleen

    Ugh, that sucks. I’ve had that happen before where I just don’t enjoy the writing and it ruins the book for me.

    Actually, one of the first books I ever rated one-star, the writing was just one of many things I didn’t like about it, and eventually the details just all blurred together. A few years later, I thought I’d give the author another chance, since he’s fairly popular. I figured maybe it was just that one book I didn’t like. Nope. I got about two pages in and gave up. This guy just isn’t for me.
    Charleen recently posted…Review: Runner

    • trish

      Sometimes it doesn’t matter how popular an author/book is, if the writing doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t work. End of. Makes me wonder what I’m missing that everyone else ‘gets’. But shrugs, it happens.

  3. CeCe

    I am so happy to finally find someone who isn’t as obsessed with this book as the rest of the world seems to be! I tried a few times, but I could not get into it. The writing style drove me crazy and it didn’t go anywhere. I kept waiting for something to happen and then when stuff started happening, I wasn’t very excited by it. I can understand why others would really like it because it was different, but also, not for me.
    CeCe recently posted…Series Review – Inside Out by Lisa Renee Jones

    • trish

      I was so sure I’d like this book that I nearly bought the whole series together! Thankfully I didn’t as I would be raging at wasting the money. The writing style killed it for me; I couldn’t take all the imagery and conflicting thoughts. I wanted to scream, have an opinion and stick with it girl!

  4. Kelly

    The writing style was the one reason I continued with this series! Haha

    I really disliked that this was a romance advertised as a dystopian. There wasn’t enough dystopian elements, absolutely no world-building and very little in terms of plot development.

    While I found the writing quite purple, I still found that it was quite readable and if I had been in a mood where I wanted poetry-esque prose, it would have been the perfect read! Unfortunately for me, I picked this up expecting excitement and action and a heroine I could stand behind.
    Kelly recently posted…Book Review: Everneath

    • trish

      It was the double whammy of writing style and slow pace for me. And I agree the lack of action was so disappointing. It is just not what you expect in a dystopia and you are so right about the world-building. I feel I know next to nothing about the world and how it evolved.

  5. Terri @ Starlight Book Reviews

    The strikethroughs never bothered me on this, but the metaphors were terrible. They didn’t mean anything! She just sounded crazy, and I don’t want to root for her to lead a rebellion when she’s nuts.

    So many people have finished the series now and it’s largely a romance driven one. Since I wasn’t a fan of either of the romantic prospects or Juliette herself, it wasn’t a series I felt compelled to continue. So don’t feel lonely! I’m with you on this one!

    • trish

      I read your review on GoodReads Terri and it made me laugh so hard. I wonder the same thing about the people who love it! :O
      Those metaphors were insane!

    • trish

      It seems to be a love or hate book. My friends reviews are very mixed but it definitely wasn’t for me.

    • trish

      I have so many books like that! If I read them again, I’d think what was I thinking! I can see why people loved this book too. If the writing style worked for you, I can see how unique it would feel.

    • trish

      I love when books make you feel like that! Even if I hate the hangover afterwards. So sad I just couldn’t get invested in this one, I was so sure I would love it.

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