Shatter Me Paperback – 2 Oct 2012
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"Fans of Cashore's Fire, Oliver's Delirium, and, yes, Twilight will find this addictive."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Teens will feel satisfied yet wait impatiently for more."--School Library Journal
"Mafi combines a psychological opener with an action-adventure denouement in her YA debut. This is a gripping read from an author who's not afraid to take risks."--Publishers Weekly
"Fast-paced action scenes convey imminent danger vividly....Part cautionary tale, part juicy love story, this will appeal to action and adventure fans."--Kirkus Reviews
"Rip-roaring adventure and steamy romance scenes, with a relationship teens will root for as much as they did for Bella and Edward. Inventive touches propel the story, such as strikeouts that reveal Juliette's inner thoughts. The final chapters leave Juliette, Adam, and Warner well poised for round two."--Booklist
PRAISE FOR SHATTER ME: "Addictive, intense, and oozing with romance. I'm envious. I couldn't put it down."--Lauren Kate, New York Times bestselling author of FALLEN
EARLY PRAISE FOR UNRAVEL ME: "Unravel Me is dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense. I dare you to stop reading."--Kami Garcia, New York Times bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures novels
From the Back Cover
The moon understands
what it means to be
h u m a n.
i m p e r f e c t i o n s.
No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but the Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.
But Juliette has plans of her own.
After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time--and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever.
In the electrifying first book in the Shatter Me series, Tahereh Mafi presents a riveting dystopian world, a thrilling superhero story, and an unforgettable heroine.See all Product description
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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.