Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Genre: YA, Romance, Dystopia, Fantasy, Paranormal, Science Fiction
Series: Shatter Me #1
Published On: October 2nd 2012
My Rating: 2 Stars
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.
Possible spoilers ahead…
So, I keep seeing blurbs and descriptions advertising this book as having a “riveting dystopian world,” of being a “thrilling superhero story” (both on the back blurb of my paperback copy) and of being a “dystopian thriller” (on wikipedia)… however, that’s not really accurate. I mean, yeah the world is dystopian, and the main character can kill people by touching them
can I please have this power, and mayyybeee that makes it a dystopian thriller.
But in my opinion, it was just romance. Lots and lots of romance and pretty words and oh my so many metaphors, and that’s great, except I was really expecting there to be more to this book than romance… just based on how it was advertised. And perhaps, in the next book
or the one after that there will actually be more to the story than lust they never stop kissing like… that’s fun and all but they were on the run and could’ve died at any moment (or at least, that’s what was implied… the impending doom wasn’t really there, hm, does that excuse the ill timed make-out sessions? IDK) and metaphors.
Juliette, our heroine, was absolutely forgettable (back blurb says otherwise… back blurbs are so unreliable). She starts off in an institution, so it’s completely understandable that she isn’t very bold or strong in the beginning of the book, she’s obviously a bit traumatized from everything that’s happened to her. But throughout the book she’s just very stubborn and seems to care very little about her survival.
In fact, all she really cares about is being touched
by Adam, in lots of ways, if ya know what I mean. Which is also kinds understandable… she usually kills people when they touch her, which is not really ideal, but I mean, she’s being held captive and that’s all she’s concerned about really. And then later, when she and Adam escape, that’s still all she cares about. It’s kind of ridiculous, but eh, oh well.
Adam wasn’t very believable, and neither was his or Juliette’s backstory and shared history. I mean, I suppose Adam could have been in love with Juliette since they were young teens
who never even spoke to one another because it’s totally possible to love someone you’ve never spoken to EVER… not once and he saw how kind and good she was and decided that he had to find her when she went missing. Totally plausible.
Lastly, the prose…….or poetry?????
idk. SO. MANY. Metaphors… really… in almost every sentence. Metaphors are nice, they’re pretty and paint pictures… but too many can become a bit overwhelming. It took awhile (like 250 pages) to adjust to the writing style before I could really read without it distracting me. It’s a very… creative way to write but like I mentioned before, it’s a bit too much, it’s overwhelming at times.
I really don’t know what to make of this book. It was entertaining. I was entertained. If you overlook all of the nonsense, it’s a pretty fun book. It wasn’t impossible to read, but it really just annoyed me so much. Proceed with caution if you plan on reading this.