Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper Collins
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.
Where do I even start with this book? So many people have raved on and on about this book that I knew I would have to get to it at some point. I bought the book a while back (or it might have been a present actually..) and so I planned to get to it soon but you know, like all the books I buy, I didn’t read it immediately. Well folks, I finally got to it. I might be 6 years late to the party but I finally read Shatter Me. I really liked it and I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it. I’m hoping Unravel Me (which I swiftly bought after finishing Shatter Me) will ramp my like up a notch and turn it into love.
The pace of this book was perfect. It kept me flicking the pages and wanting to know more about the world and what was happening. After barely reading anything in February and at the beginning of March, I surprised myself with how fast I read this. A day, to be exact.
The settings in this book are good. I felt like I could imagine everything quite well which helped to keep me invested in the story. The easiest setting to imagine was the four walls that Juliette was kept in at the beginning. That’s probably because it’s the simplest, but I felt that all the scenes in the institution were the easiest to imagine because I feel like we spent the most time there. I was able to imagine other settings well thanks to Mafi’s descriptive writing, although it also wasn’t description overboard – it was just right.
Juliette is our main character and I found her to be a tough character to follow at first. She has been locked away for some time in an institution. She is not insane, as she keeps reminding herself. She is drawn far within herself and she keeps lending to things that have happened in the past, but we don’t find out what actually happened until much further into the book. She is left with her thoughts to keep her company until Adam turns up in her cell. This is where the story starts. I like Juliette as a character but feel that she is whiny at times. I know that’s not fair to say because she has been locked up for an accident that she had no idea she could cause and subsequently, has had to deal with the consequences of it. I think she is a confused character and everything that happens to her in Shatter Me happens too fast for her to comprehend what is happening after being alone and locked up for so long.
Adam is a good character but I can’t help but feel like something is going to happen in Unravel Me that is going to make me hate him and I don’t want that to happen. Kenji also deserves a mention, I feel like he is definitely the joker in this series. Now, Warner. First of all, Warner is an arrogant toad who I have aptly changed the name of to Warnob. I went into this thinking ‘hey, I’m gonna like this guy called Warner because he is who everyone talks about’. No. No, no, no, I do not like him. He is cruel and impulsive at times and I just want to smack him in the head to be honest. I can see that he uses fear as a weapon and that he believes being feared is important in leading his little army thing he’s got going on. I don’t know how he’ll be able to redeem himself in the next few books, but we’ll see. Maybe he’ll surprise me and everything I’ve seen of him in this book will only be a facade and he’s actually hiding something.
This book was detailed but also very vague. I know that sounds complicated, but it was detailed in the sense of character happenings and the settings, but it was vague in what was actually happening in the world. I understand that there is an evil organisation that has attempted to remake the world, but I want to know properly why and what they’re planning next and who the rebels are and what their plans are. I really think think that not everything is as it seems in this book, perhaps that is the same with a certain character as mentioned earlier.
One thing that I didn’t like about this book, and I hope that it’s not so present in the other books, is the instant love. Sometimes it’s nice in a fluffy read but this was just ridiculous. I seriously wanted to bang the characters heads together. How can you love someone you’re essentially keeping as a captive that you don’t even know? How can you love someone you haven’t spoken to before and haven’t seen in a few years? It’s crazy how instant the love is, it’s literally love at first sight. I just need it to no be so instant in the other books otherwise I will scream because it’s infuriating.
I am quite looking forward to Unravel Me and to see where this story is going to lead me too. I can’t shake the feeling that something bad is going to happen, and I know something is going to happen to make me like Warner because all anyone does is talk about him and honestly, I really don’t like him at this moment. But we’ll see. I’ll keep you guys updated with how I find the next book!
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