Review: Shatter Me

11.10.2011
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Publish Date: November 15th, 2011 by HarperTeen
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//

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.


Shatter Me is a highly anticipated novel, and I suppose it's with good reason. But maybe I tried too hard to love this book, just because everyone else did. 


My biggest problem - my only problem, really - with Shatter Me was the writing style. Commas are hardly used, and I understand that that's the style, but it irritated me to no end when there would be a sentence like . . . Well, I know I should give an example, but my copy is in my backpack right now. :o Anyway, while Mafi writes beautifully, I feel like this writing style just isn't for me. Sometimes a sentence just wouldn't make sense to me because she would say something like "The sun and moon explode as he responds." I just DIDN'T UNDERSTAND. 


The other problem I had? [Highlight text to read. It's extremely spoilery :P] I need an explanation for why Juliette can touch Adam and Warner and no one else. I mean, I'm sure that's coming, but I need a real reason. It's just too convenient.


Juliette was, by far, my favorite part of the book. She's an interesting narrator and an amazing character. I loved how she was strong yet vulnerable at the same time. She was so real that I loved reading from her perspective. She was even fierce at times, and the way she felt about Adam was so easily translated. Her emotions came through clearly and always made sense to me. 


The rest of the characters were all really well done, too. Kenji was the comedic relief, sort of, even though he wasn't a huge character. James was adorable, and I felt like he had a purpose for being in the book. Warner was awesome, even though he was a total psycho :P Mafi did a great job on him - I could understand why he was crazy. He actually had a real reason, one that made total sense to me.


And Adam. Oh, Adam. I don't even know what to say about him. Sometimes I wish he'd seemed a little more manly, but then he wouldn't be Adam anymore, would he? ;)

The plot was a nice part of the book, too. While I wish The Reestablishment's history had been explained more, I liked the idea. I loved how the book started off, too, with Juliette locked up like a monster. I loved seeing how her feelings changed about herself.

Overall: Shatter Me was a great start to a series, although I feel like some of the questions that are going to be answered in the second and third (if there's a third. I'm assuming it's a trilogy. Everything is a trilogy these days) should have probably been answered in Shatter Me. Despite my problems with the writing style, Shatter Me is a solid read that I can see a lot of people enjoying. 3.5 stars.




~Zoey~
12 comments on "Review: Shatter Me"
  1. Wow. This is the first review that I have read that hasn't been worshipful of the book. Thank you SO much for your honesty in the review. I still can't wait to read it, but at least my expectations will be a bit tempered.

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  2. Hmmmmmmm. Interesting. :o Very good review. I think, since I'm a fan of really pretty/weird writing, I'll probably like this better than you did.

    ALSO. I ONLY HIGHLIGHTED LIKE THE FIRST FEW WORDS OF THE TEXT I WASN'T SUPPOSED TO HIGHLIGHT. AREN'T YOU PROUD OF ME?

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  3. ALSO. I JUST GOT MY ARC OF THIS IN THE MAIL. I LOVE YOU.

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  4. I'm so blasted excited to read this book. I can't wait to get it! I put it on my Christmas list, so I am keeping my fingers crossed!

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  5. I'm happy that I've had this for a while. I just need to READ it now.

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  6. This is like the only review I read that wasn't raving about the book, including my own.

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  7. Wow, I havent stumbled upon a review that rated this less than 4 stars. I've only heard great great things. It's sitting on TBR pile waiting to be read. But I thought your review was very interesting. Hopefully I'll enjoy :]

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  8. I am so excited to read this book! It is on my list of books to read which just keeps growing. Very good review. It has me excited!
    Brittany K

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  9. I won an ARC of this book. I'm so excited. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it as much as the rest of the people did. I have yet to read it...

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  10. While I understand why you didn't enjoy this one, I can say I did :) I didn't think it was a 5 star rating. But I just loved Adam. The book started off really good for me, then the ending got a little predictable. The writing also wasn't as powerful in the end as the beginning. I can't wait for me from Mafi.

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  11. I totally agree with all the points you made! Adam was a bit iffy for me. And there were many things in the book that were too convenient or too out of no where (Such as the ending). Warren was my favorite part because he was so crazy! Hopefully we will get more answers in the next book. Great review!!

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  12. Haha, I kinda really LOVEDLOVED this book. I loved the writing, it was so flowy and artsy. I LOVED Adam, hot and strong, and etc. I loved Juliette, she was broken but she fixed herself. It was too good.

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11.10.2011

Review: Shatter Me

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Publish Date: November 15th, 2011 by HarperTeen
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//

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.


Shatter Me is a highly anticipated novel, and I suppose it's with good reason. But maybe I tried too hard to love this book, just because everyone else did. 


My biggest problem - my only problem, really - with Shatter Me was the writing style. Commas are hardly used, and I understand that that's the style, but it irritated me to no end when there would be a sentence like . . . Well, I know I should give an example, but my copy is in my backpack right now. :o Anyway, while Mafi writes beautifully, I feel like this writing style just isn't for me. Sometimes a sentence just wouldn't make sense to me because she would say something like "The sun and moon explode as he responds." I just DIDN'T UNDERSTAND. 


The other problem I had? [Highlight text to read. It's extremely spoilery :P] I need an explanation for why Juliette can touch Adam and Warner and no one else. I mean, I'm sure that's coming, but I need a real reason. It's just too convenient.


Juliette was, by far, my favorite part of the book. She's an interesting narrator and an amazing character. I loved how she was strong yet vulnerable at the same time. She was so real that I loved reading from her perspective. She was even fierce at times, and the way she felt about Adam was so easily translated. Her emotions came through clearly and always made sense to me. 


The rest of the characters were all really well done, too. Kenji was the comedic relief, sort of, even though he wasn't a huge character. James was adorable, and I felt like he had a purpose for being in the book. Warner was awesome, even though he was a total psycho :P Mafi did a great job on him - I could understand why he was crazy. He actually had a real reason, one that made total sense to me.


And Adam. Oh, Adam. I don't even know what to say about him. Sometimes I wish he'd seemed a little more manly, but then he wouldn't be Adam anymore, would he? ;)

The plot was a nice part of the book, too. While I wish The Reestablishment's history had been explained more, I liked the idea. I loved how the book started off, too, with Juliette locked up like a monster. I loved seeing how her feelings changed about herself.

Overall: Shatter Me was a great start to a series, although I feel like some of the questions that are going to be answered in the second and third (if there's a third. I'm assuming it's a trilogy. Everything is a trilogy these days) should have probably been answered in Shatter Me. Despite my problems with the writing style, Shatter Me is a solid read that I can see a lot of people enjoying. 3.5 stars.




~Zoey~

12 comments:

  1. Wow. This is the first review that I have read that hasn't been worshipful of the book. Thank you SO much for your honesty in the review. I still can't wait to read it, but at least my expectations will be a bit tempered.

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  2. Hmmmmmmm. Interesting. :o Very good review. I think, since I'm a fan of really pretty/weird writing, I'll probably like this better than you did.

    ALSO. I ONLY HIGHLIGHTED LIKE THE FIRST FEW WORDS OF THE TEXT I WASN'T SUPPOSED TO HIGHLIGHT. AREN'T YOU PROUD OF ME?

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  3. ALSO. I JUST GOT MY ARC OF THIS IN THE MAIL. I LOVE YOU.

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  4. I'm so blasted excited to read this book. I can't wait to get it! I put it on my Christmas list, so I am keeping my fingers crossed!

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  5. I'm happy that I've had this for a while. I just need to READ it now.

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  6. This is like the only review I read that wasn't raving about the book, including my own.

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  7. Wow, I havent stumbled upon a review that rated this less than 4 stars. I've only heard great great things. It's sitting on TBR pile waiting to be read. But I thought your review was very interesting. Hopefully I'll enjoy :]

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  8. I am so excited to read this book! It is on my list of books to read which just keeps growing. Very good review. It has me excited!
    Brittany K

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  9. I won an ARC of this book. I'm so excited. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it as much as the rest of the people did. I have yet to read it...

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  10. While I understand why you didn't enjoy this one, I can say I did :) I didn't think it was a 5 star rating. But I just loved Adam. The book started off really good for me, then the ending got a little predictable. The writing also wasn't as powerful in the end as the beginning. I can't wait for me from Mafi.

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  11. I totally agree with all the points you made! Adam was a bit iffy for me. And there were many things in the book that were too convenient or too out of no where (Such as the ending). Warren was my favorite part because he was so crazy! Hopefully we will get more answers in the next book. Great review!!

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  12. Haha, I kinda really LOVEDLOVED this book. I loved the writing, it was so flowy and artsy. I LOVED Adam, hot and strong, and etc. I loved Juliette, she was broken but she fixed herself. It was too good.

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