By Tahereh Mafi
Shatter Me Series #1
By: Tahereh Mafi
Publication Date: November 15th 2011
I have a curse
I have a gift
I am a monster
I'm more than human
My touch is lethal
My touch is power
I am their weapon
I will fight back
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.
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“His smile is laced with dynamite. "Go to sleep"
"Go to hell."
He works his jaw. Walks to the door. "I'm working on it.”
― Tahereh Mafi
, Shatter Me
This book has been one of my favorites for a while , and yes , i know . i know it got a fair amount of hate ... but sometimes i enjoy cheesy books! don't judge me okay! First of all ... look at that beautiful cover! hands down , this series has the best covers of all time.
The things i Loved :
This is one of the books where all the characters are fun to read about .
Juliette , even though she cries a lot and comes across as weak , i liked her . and enjoyed seeing her journey through this story ( she gets better in the next books i promise!)
Kenji , Why do i feel like he is my best friend? damn he had me laughing so many times , and made me pray he won't die . he is just adorable haha.
Warner , The guy who we love to hate ( or in my case , love to love) . if you know me and read my previous reviews then you know that i LOVE villains . so naturally the moment his character poped up , i was in love! i kept reading this book with one dominant thought in my head "what will he do next? when will he apear again?" . he's complicated and interesting , always leaving you wanting more , whether it's his
dangerous actions or smart-ass remarks. this is how i imagined him:
And because of Warner dear readers, i finished this book in one sitting.
Okay , one more:
okay , i'm done , i promise.
One more thing that i enjoyed , was the world building , it was easy to imagine and feel . and i just loved the idea of this order that led the world , called The reestablishment , and the sectors ruled by the army , i also loved sector 45 .. Warner duh!
There is something about the world being divided and ruled by military personalities that make me enjoy stories more , it kind of gives you the feeling of order and domination , with the possibility of a rebellion happening , so you just stay there waiting for it to happen while admiring the current control . ( i hope it's not just me)
I did like the ending , because something finally happened ! the story felt like it was the calm before the storm and i loved every second of it ( except few things that i will mention later) . we see a new side of Juliette , and Warner too , his reaction made it even better . and we see few superpowers, action! and a new group of people who will be a part of this story later on ... even an element that makes us wonder...
i could recommend this book for just that ending honestly , it was so good.
Things i Hated:
i just wasn't feeling it , it was boring and based on nothing , i felt like the author was trying so much to come up with an explanation for it , but honestly it felt like it was stupid , it really made no sense to me, " oh i saw to him once when were kids now i know we are in love"! seriously!
and now , one of the main reason this book got criticized so much :
As i started this story there were moments where i felt like it was a bit boring , hearing Juliette's thoughts wasn't what you would call " exciting" . i honestly considered giving up on this story . the pacing was only better at the end.
The writing style of this author was a bit weird , as if she was trying too hard to come across as different , when in reality it was plain weird, and not in a good way. here's an example:
“I always wonder about raindrops.
I wonder about how they're always falling down, tripping over their own feet, breaking their legs and forgetting their parachutes as they tumble right out of the sky toward an uncertain end. It's like someone is emptying their pockets over the earth and doesn't seem to care where the contents fall, doesn't seem to care that the raindrops burst when they hit the ground, that they shatter when they fall to the floor, that people curse the days the drops dare to tap on their doors
My parents emptied their pockets of me and left me to evaporate on a concrete slab.”
i also didn't like the crossing words thing she does, but what ticked me off more was th crazy expressions that made me thing " what the..."
"Every organ in my body falls to the ground."
"My jaw is dangling from my shoelace."
"My mouth is sitting on my kneecaps."
I would still recommend this book for the sake of the next books in the series, they are wonderful and worth reading , definitely different than this one , and they offer us more.
the novellas too! ( destroy me let's us see the story from our villain's perspective)