Title: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publication Date: October 2nd 2012
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
“I’ve been screaming for years and no one has ever heard me.”
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 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. – Excerpt from Goodreads.
I’ve decided to rate this 3.5 stars. I really enjoyed the book, but I have a feeling it’s just touching the surface and there is a lot more to come.
I really liked Shatter Me, I read it in one sitting. The premise was pretty neat, the protagonist was interesting and I really loved that we could hear her thoughts, it added a whole new element to the story and made me able to relate to her more. She seemed like kind of a delicate character – rather than a kick-ass and take no names heroin that we see a lot. Of course, she happens to have some cool power and I’m sure she is going to come into her own more over the next two books.
The villain, Warner, was probably my favorite. He is pretty damn awful, but he is fun. I did think that he seemed much older than he actually was though, it’s not really a complaint but if I didn’t have an age for him then I would’ve guessed him to late twenties to early thirties. Just the vibe I got off him. Warner isn’t someone I’d want to hang out with in real life, but this is a fictional world and in this world, I want this guy on my side all day long. He is certainly not going to be for everyone but I thought he had some great lines and a great presence about him. I also loved the side character, Kenji. He is most definitely the comic relief and probably a close second to who I enjoyed reading about. I hope he has a big part in the other books in the series. He might have had the most charisma in the book so far.Shatter Me also did a good job at setting up the world and how desperate Juliette had been feeling. I had no problem getting into it and at no time was I bored.
I only have a couple of issues with this book. The first being Adam. Snorefest much! I couldn’t get into his character at all. He just seemed like your typical cardboard cutout hero. I couldn’t have cared less if he lived or died. Maybe a little harsh but he was just so “meh.” I also thought the insta-love between him and Juliette was a little much. Yeah, I get it, they knew each other for years but seriously… It felt much more like an obsession/infatuation then true love. The last issue I had with the book was the writing style sometimes. It got tired for me. The metaphors, oh they starting hurting my head. I get the author was trying to be deep and eloquent, but I didn’t really think it added to the story exactly. If anything it was distracting. I did adjust to the writing after awhile but I think this is one of those times that you will either love it or hate it.
I will be reading the other books in the series, I’ve already purchased them. As well, as reading the two novellas. I do think I will enjoy the series in its entirety and I would like to see more works from Tahereh Mafi in the future.