Shatter Me by Tahereh MafiShatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me

byTahereh Mafi

Hardcover | November 15, 2011

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The gripping first installment in New York Times bestselling author Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series.

One touch is all it takes. One touch, and Juliette Ferrars can leave a fully grown man gasping for air. One touch, and she can kill.

No one knows why Juliette has such incredible power. It feels like a curse, a burden that one person alone could never bear. But The Reestablishment sees it as a gift, sees her as an opportunity. An opportunity for a deadly weapon.

Juliette has never fought for herself before. But when she’s reunited with the one person who ever cared about her, she finds a strength she never knew she had.

And don’t miss Defy Me, the shocking fifth book in the Shatter Me series!

Tahereh Mafi is a girl. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Orange County, California, where the weather is just a little too perfect for her taste. When unable to find a book, she can be found reading candy wrappers, coupons, and old receipts.Ignite Meis the final novel in a trilogy about Jul...
Title:Shatter MeFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.04 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 1.04 inPublished:November 15, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062085484

ISBN - 13:9780062085481


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it Its a bit slow at the beginning for me but than once your in your in you cant stop reading. This story really makes me think of our current world so it does make you think
Date published: 2019-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I loved this book! I keep hearing about the series, so I bought a boxed set to see what it’s like. I read this book in one sitting, all one afternoon. I couldn’t put it down! The story is unlike other similar YA dystopians I’ve read. It starts with Juliette already locked up to prevent her from using her powers. Typically, the main character discovers their powers in the first book in a series. I liked how this one jumped right into the story. Juliette’s growth throughout the story is physically demonstrated on the page. At the beginning, she crosses out a lot of words and lines on the page. The author says at the beginning that these crossed out parts are intentional. As the story progresses, Juliette crosses out less of her story. She becomes more confident in her narrative. When she is more uncertain, the lines return on the page. I loved the way that her character development was portrayed in this way. This book was an amazing start to the series! I can’t wait to read the next book!
Date published: 2019-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Dystopia I think that Shatter Me is decent. It definitely isn't mind-blowingly awesome, but it has a lot of good characteristics. This was my second time reading Shatter Me because apparently when I read it back in 2016, I forgot to read the rest of the series. I think my perspective this time around is way different. Two years ago, I naively gave it 5 stars because I knew that the series was popular. This time I know that it deserves the rating. Shatter Me is the story of Juliette, a teenage girl who inflicts pain when she touches the skin of another person, caught in a dangerous rebellion. After reading Shatter Me two years ago, I found out that everyone in the fandom passionately loves Warner. It was really hard for me to separate that knowledge while rereading this. I can't get it out of my head or understand how Adam and Warner come to represent such different things to Juliette later in the series. Because Adam is just so frickin nice to Juliette, and gives her so much confidence in herself. I truly believe that he was something that Juliette needed in her situation in this first book. He supported her and helped her, and I think he deserves a lot of credit for that. Despite what i know might happen later in the series, we can all face the facts and see clearly that Warner treats Juliette horribly. He makes so many false promises, and over steps his boundaries in tremendous ways trying to provoke her. My feelings on the love triangle aside, Warner poses as an excellent villain. It's so easy to hate him, and therefore more fun to root for Juliette. Juliette seems like such a weak character, but I think rereading this showed me that she has so much strength buried inside of her. This book leaves me wanting to know more about Juliette and how she will progress as a character. The one thing that hasn't changed in two years in my opinion on Tahereh's writing. If anything I appreciate it more now that i'm older. I love how she seamlessly embeds complex metaphors and similes into her story. She writes in such a way that Juliette feels so real, and her conflict is genuine and relatable. The pretty writing didn't distract me from the story, only adding to Juliette's lovely character. Somehow Tahereh's writing makes Juliette's story feel more personal and vulnerable which I love.
Date published: 2018-09-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from did not finish..... did not finish, because it is literal crap. ~romantic~, sexist, filled to the brim with boring tropes, crap.
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Glued my eyes to this book Really an amazing story that showed character growth. Bonus points for the creativity of using a strike through in her writing.
Date published: 2018-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING The book is so good. Everything about the story line and plot is perfectly written and honestly, my favourite book. Can't wait to read the rest of them!
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing this whole series is amazing! every word had me hooked. the plot was great and the character building is amazing
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book! I bought this a few years ago and have read multiple times since. The story line is so unique and different and the character developments where amazing and fun to read! This book was a great first installment to the series and the second and third were just as good!
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great First Read! This book was a great first installment in the Shatter Me series! Can't wait to read the second and third novels!
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eh, but it gets better (trust me) Not amazing, however give it a chance, because the second and third books are phenomenal (I promise you)
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! I bought this book while browsing indigo, looking for something to occupy me until my other series continued, but I didn't expect to love it this much!! I finished this book in less than a day and could not put it down.
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! Really loved this serie. Can't wait to read the other books!
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice read! For the first book in a series, this novel is fantastic and I can't wait to read the second one.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You won't regret it! This is such a good book series to get into. It is still my personal favourite! The plot and characters, along with the setting, are all interesting and enticing! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY FAVOURITE This novel is very much UNDER-rated! This writer is so talented and has such a beautiful way with words! In response to a comment about "instalove", you have to understand the psychological state of the main character to understand her choices! It definitely won't disappoint you! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from hugely overrated I don't understand how something with so little plot has been so raved about! Not to mention the insta-love. I think this book would be great for younger teens but don't go into it looking for depth and meaning.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books! This book was amazing! It kept me hooked till the end and had a great story line. The characters were interesting and I never got bored. Can’t wait to read her other books.
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing If you're looking for something refreshing and new, this is the book for you. TBH the first book of the serious is a little tedious at the beginning but it eventually builds up.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read! I liked this book a lot more than I originally expected to. I love how the author depicted Juliette's thoughts and development as a character throughout the story. There were a few parts with Juliette and Adam that I felt were a bit much, but aside from that I really enjoyed the book and had trouble putting it down.
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! A MUST-READ!!! I read the first three books a few months ago and finished it within days! The storyline is absolutely perfect, it was literally a struggle to put the book down. I recommend this book for fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent and other Sci-Fi/Fantasy books.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Chaotic Metaphors I enjoyed how Mafi used her illustrative language to depict a girl trying to convince herself she' s not insane, and while some metaphors ran off a bit too long and confusing, the story itself was somewhat enjoyable to read. I wish it had focused more on worldly build up.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ!!! Shatter Me is the first book in the 4 book series and it will definitely get you hooked. You peer into the mind of Juliette Ferrars and get to know the intricate details of her life inside of the asylum. The character development is phenomenal, and Taherah's writing style is amazing.
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING There were so many things I loved about this book and whilst it is true that many people complained about the writing style, I have to admit that I actually loved it. The writing does do an excellent job of putting the reader inside Juliette's unstable mind. It all gave me a very good picture of her character and her mind, the many things she must have gone through shaping her into a person that distrusts everyone and desperately tries not to feel anything.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm in love... Can I just say that this book has such beautiful writing and the characters were amazing! Especially Warner, (I used to get so much hate for that). Juliette was kind of annoying in this book because she kept whining, but just wait for the next books, she has great things ahead of her!
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING It's perfect for fans of dystopian and romance novels, with action and magic
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from incredible book The writing is incredibly eloquent, a beautiful novel and definitely a must-read
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok Wasn't for me. Too childish. Tried to hard to be too much. Finished it, but wouldn't read the sequels.
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it If you liked Divergent, Hunger Games, or Maze Runner, you will love this book. For me it was a mix of Divergent and Xfiles
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overhyped This book made me question a lot of things - firstly, about why it is so hyped, and secondly, what are others seeing that I am missing out? I genuinely had to ask some of my friends what they thought of the book, because I saw so many high-rated reviews for it (not from my friends but others I follow on GR) and I mostly got 'eh I didn't like it much either' kind of answers. Maybe it was the time in which it released - the era of dystopias, but this is more like a romance set in a dystopic world than a true dystopia. Honestly, this book takes the love triangle to a cringe-worthy level, and WAIT I KNOW YOU MAY HAVE LOVED THIS BOOK BUT I GOTTA GET MY FEELINGS OUT IN A RANT before I can even continue with what I actually liked. Buckle your seat belts, darlings, because this one is going to be gif-fed up! Firstly, I gotta ask - WHY? Why the focus on the romance in a dystopia? I am not one for sticking to genre conventions - heck, I love when books subvert them and introduce some new elements. But the 'new elements' in this weren't exactly new. There's the childhood friend who is now a hottie trope. Bad boy with (probably) a heart of gold trope (We'll come to that LATER OH BOY). No, what my main problem was with this book sticking its toe out of genre boundaries, is that it does it in the name of the most irritating love triangle. AND I LIKE LOVE TRIANGLES! WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME?! Also, how in this messed up world where people don't have proper living conditions, is the romance the main conflict of the story? It is not even a dystopia-that-looks-like-a-utopia kind of plot that love triangles are usually featured in! The world is dying, there is a fascist government ruling over them, and the first thought of these teens is whether they can get some. (It is not my imagination - there are literally scenes where the making out just happens, due to Circumstances That Just Need to Insert a Hot Makeout Scene) The world-building is sorely lacking in this book - there is barely an explanation given for how the Reestablishment came about, how it is all co-ordinated, how the resistance is not able to do any damage. Adam is this hero complex guy who liked Juliette when she was younger because she acted soooo good, lay down while other kids were tormenting her and stuff. He, of course, defended her and beat up the other kids, but his double standards are such that he admired her for not fighting back?! The romance with him would have been more believable if there was some actual development, but considering it is all silence glances in the start and very little conversation on her part, I'm declaring this as insta-love and a case of I-need-human-touch-STAT. I get that Juliette didn’t have anyone to touch for years, but that doesn’t mean his touch will immediately comfort her in every circumstance. It is more like an excuse to have them kissing again and again. Also his actions don't make much sense in the context of what he does have to lose from helping her - don't get me wrong, I liked that he didn't turn out to be shady or a backstabbing betrayer, but I also don't see why he would risk so much with barely a plan. And the writing doesn't help matters, really. Sure, there is the fact that this is narrated as Juliet's thoughts, so we get a very close understanding of what she is going through, and some crossed out sections where we see her replacing what she wants to say with what she actually says. But why did there have to be so many METAPHORS?! I get that Juliet loved books a lot, but I have read like over 2000 books in my life, and I don't talk inside my head like everything is inexplicable without a weird metaphor attached to it. It gets too much at time, like body creaking like a staircase? Also, another weird quirk is sometimes numbers are used instead of the words for numbers, which kinda ruins the flow in a sentence. And this may be minor, but why the heck is Juliette gasping so much? This girl is made up of being surprised all the freaking time. Adam lifts her up? Gasp! Castle agrees with her on something? Gasp! Warner being his usual terrible self? Gasp! Adam kisses her? You guessed it right - Gasp! (Actually the last one can be forgiven but I'm not in the mood) And let's move on to the other part of the triangle -Warner - by the way, does it count as love triangle if one guy is just being plain obsessed with her even when she is like 'eww no dude get away from me'? He literally thinks she is like him, and they have a CONNECTION and she just HAS TO BE AT HIS SIDE as he rules over his corner of the world. Dude, why are you so dense? He constantly invades her personal space and treats her like a possession than a human being capable with her own agency. How is he even a love interest? Also, this book had his short story attached, to which I am only going to say: nah, doesn't excuse what you did, you ass. He knows Juliette was psychologically tortured, and his idea to make her better is to psychologically torture her more? How is he even justifying torturing her considering what he himself went through? Finally, let's get to the parts that I did like - I liked the getting into Juliette's head way of narrating this book. She is a character kept in the dark (literally and metaphorically) so she sort of reveals the terrible world as she goes through the book. She also shows resourcefulness, and a hint of grey morality when it comes to getting things done (still, stay away from her, Warner!). But what I really liked was in the second half, when we get to meet the X-Men other people like her. I mean, she is basically a stand-in for Rogue, and there's this secret underground bunker where other mutantspowered people live, so I was excited about that, and what that would mean for this story. But it does arrive like pretty later in the story, so my enjoyment of that was already affected by my irritation with the love triangle. Overall, this is a book that I wanted to love, majorly because I love books about powered people but the focus and main storyline of the book had me disappointed in it.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this!!!! If you're looking for a refreshing and exhilarating read, than you need to pick this up! The writing style is brilliant and the story is even more epic!
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it read it when i was in high school and i was obsessed with it
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best YA book One of the best books I've read in a long time. Saying I loved it doesn't capture how incredibly written and captivating this book was. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not for me... This book was definitely a trashy romance novel disguised as a dystopian. Normally, that wouldn't bother me so much, but the romance in this novel is so exaggerated, and the cliche metaphors had me rolling my eyes a few too many times for me to enjoy the story. Taherah's writing style is great, but the story just wasn't for me.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different I found this book to be pretty enjoyable, and it does have that hard-to-put-down quality, but it also fell a little flat. When I was done, it felt like there was some big event that was missing from the book. I'm hoping the excitement increases in the next books. I also found the writing to be quite interesting. This book is full of metaphors and unique ways of phrasing ideas.
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Underwhelming Start I'll be honest when I say I was disappointed with the first novel. I didn't connect with any of the characters and I didn't like any of the romantic interests. I still encourage readers to pick up the 2nd and 3rd novels as they were both a HUGE step up from the first.
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So cool! Definitely a unique dystopian series. Must read
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really well written! Great book, great writing, great characters! Wasn't much a fan of the rest of the series, but the first book is amazing.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow! I first read this book when I was in grade four. I had just finished The Deathly Hallows and was devouring books, just because I could. Unfortunately, I was too young to even remember what happened in the story or enjoy and realize how amazingly written this book is. I just recently picked up the book(s) again and was stunned by how incredible this book is! I read it and the second and third books in four day. I recommend buying all of the books at once, because you won't want to put them down! Tahereh is an amazing author who deserves more credit for her amazing writing style!
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick, poetic read I loved this book for Tahareh's imaginative writing.
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Example of a Teen Romance I recently read this book for the first time in a couple years, and I was reminded of how much I loved it! This book delivers action, an interesting storyline, and a very diverse set of characters with unique personalities. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a dramatic, action filled romance.
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Painful Romance Alright...I'm not sure if this was a troll book or serious. If it was serious...then OMG was this cringey! The author literally took every overused plot and character trait in YA fantasy/dystopian/sci-fi and smashed it into one story with a main female lead who spends 75% of the book blushing around boys. Odd became funny with how cringey it was to me and now I kinda wanna read the next book. Also don't get the Warren thing. him and Adam were dull as hell. Also, STOP WITH THE METAPHORS! They weren't witty nor did they offer anything other than my "what??" face I would also not recommend the audiobook. the narrator sounded like a 5-year old girl which made the make out scenes even more uncomfortable. I bumped it from a 1 to 2 star because of all the sarcastic jokes I was able to come up with that amused me.
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Ridiculous Romance Alright...I'm not sure if this was a troll book or serious. If it was serious...then OMG was this cringey! The author literally took every overused plot and character trait in YA fantasy/dystopian/sci-fi and smashed it into one story with a main female lead who spends 75% of the book blushing around boys. Odd became funny with how cringey it was to me and now I kinda wanna read the next book. Also don't get the Warren thing. him and Adam were dull as hell. And Oh DEAR LORD! Stop with the ridiculous metaphors! I would also not recommend the audiobook. the narrator sounded like a 5-year old girl which made the make out scenes even more uncomfortable. I bumped it from a 1 to 2 star because of all the sarcastic jokes I was able to come up with that amused me.
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Perfect I love this book so much! Interesting character development and a very unique plot that will leave you craving more by the end of it. Thank goodness there are two more books in the series!
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Book. This book is very well written! I loved it so much I couldn't put it down. The way the author crosses out the narrator's thought really gives you a sense of who that character is. It is simply amazing.
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly inspiring When I started this book I simply could not put it down. The words flowing one after another into a beautiful story about love, loss, and a corrupt society. There were many twists ad turns that I didn't see coming. I cant wait to read the next one.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique The story was unique as was the writing style. It was a nice mix of action, suspense, and romance.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not the Average Dystopian Why did it take me so long to finally read this book?! Now, I understand the hype and the fandom behind this series! This novel blew away all of my expectations! First, I have to rave about the style of writing that Tahereh Mafi chose to write for this novel. It was beautiful, it was dramatic, and it was almost poetic. Seriously, it flowed delightfully and really made you feel the emotions that each character was feeling. Also, I typically would not have enjoyed the crossed out moments of text, as I have read previous novels where I felt it got irritating, but again I felt that it really suited this novel and really added to understanding the emotions of the main character. I really enjoyed the story and felt that it wasn't the 'average dystopian'. Sometimes I feel like the Young Adult genre (or Fiction genre in general) is overly saturated with dystopian novels that all seem to follow the same story. This novel didn't feel that way to me and I appreciated the anticipation and unpredictability. From the beginning, I didn't know if characters were going to become friends or foes. As well, I felt that this novel actually did face some of the dark parts of dystopian novels where people actually get killed. Sometimes with the dystopian genre, especially with Young Adult, I find it unrealistic that the world is falling apart yet no one is getting killed. I'm sorry, there has to be some death when the world is in tatters and there's a war going on. Furthermore, I felt that with this novel, that the dystopian element was......eerily believable. That's probably due to the times we are living in but man, that gave a higher level of scariness to the novel. That's another thing I highly respect in a dystopian: I enjoy if it's realistic and gives me the heebie jeebies. Now, let's get down to my favourite part: the characters. I'm going to be pretty vague with this one because again, I really try to avoid spoilers. Tahereh Mafi deserves a slow clap for this one because they were all written amazingly. I felt so strongly for Juliette and her past along with her current struggles. The pain was so evident in the way this novel was so intensely written. The villain, whom I'm not going to mention by name due to spoilers, was suitably written. That character had me literally gagging at moments and seething with hatred. The love interest: oh my goodness gracious, his words were silk and his actions were gold. The chemistry between him and Juliette was undeniable and folks, let me tell you, I have a new ship. Then, the friend: what a wonderful addition to their group. He definitely adds some lightness to their group and had me laughing. I can't wait to continue this series because this initial novel was amazing. I happily read it in less than a day and it would have been less than that if I didn't have to Oh, adult responsibilities. I definitely recommend this novel (probably the series in general but I haven't read it yet) and even for those hesitant of 'another dystopian novel', give it a chance you may be very surprised.
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from yay it has the novella this book is amazing and so is the novella
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it!! This novel is filled with betrayal, love, passion, hatred, friendship, and all things in between. Definitely didn't disappoint. And brought me back to the world of dystopian culture.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing writing The writing was definitely the high point of this novel
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the writing! Found it hard to get into at first but I found the plot interesting.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique writing The plot was ok and this is more of a romance than a anything but the writing was interesting. I still enjoyed reading it. 3.5 stars
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. I've never been the sci-fi type of person but I was heavily forced into reading this novel by my best friend (To the point where she gave me all three of the books to read). She didn't let me down though, for someone who's not a sci-fi type of girl, I love this novel so much and I find myself re-reading it whenever I get the chance! The writing style really stood out to me the most and I'm hoping it does for anyone that's interested in picking up this novel as well!
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! the writing style is so refreshing and i found myself not wanting to put this book down. World building: similar to divergent (just the type of society). Plot: !!! GRIPPING. a must-read
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Got Better The first time I read this I put it down without finishing. Then I picked it back up and really started to enjoy it. I think it probably isn't the best YA dystopia out there but I like the author. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay The writing was what made this book really special. It was so whimsical, figurative, beautiful and unique that it made the book such a fun read. You could really connect to what the main character, Juliette was feeling. That being said, the plot was not very good. It was so unoriginal and had so many tropes in it, that it really took away from my enjoyment of the book. I also found that it was too focused on romance for my taste.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Couldn't finish The plot moved really slowly and I found myself not caring about Juliette's fate. She spent so much time brooding about the hot guy, making bad analogies and despairing about her situation that I found it irritating. The writing was very distracting, too much crossing out of words.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! It started off a little slow.. but don't get fooled. It is an amazing read! Cannot wait to read the next one!!!
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Amazing!!! I love love love this series. I love all the characters and the unique way the story was written (crossing out things that the main character thinks but doesn't want to admit - I thought that was amazing). This series just gets better throughout the trilogy. AND NOW THERE ARE 3 MORE BOOKS AFTER Ignite Me, so I HIGHLY recommend this series!! I would give it more than 5 stars if I could!
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YOU HAVE TO READ THIS I LOVE THIS SERIES. I read the first book 4 times in one week while waiting for the rest of the series to come in the mail. Tahereh Mafi's writing style is the most beautiful kind I've ever experienced, every line could be your instagram bio. It is not cheesy or cliche (most of the time at least). You will fall in love with all of the characters, especially those you might not like at first. I'm currently reading Ignite Me, and adoring it. One last thing, if you love a bada** female lead, you will love this. Juliette is one of the only female leads I've encountered who feels like she is an actual basa**, and fights instead of just waiting for someone to save her. 10/10, would rate higher if possible.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really really enjoyed this book! It was so different from anything I've ever read! I loved the plot and the characters in this story, I couldn't stop reading it because it was so captivating.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from SO COOL!!!! World Building: amazingly great /Characters: strange in the best of ways /Romance: great!! /Pace: very good /Feels: YUP /Able to put down: not once!! /Worth the read: YESSSS
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! Honestly, at first I found it difficult to pay attention to the plot since the writer's style is very different than anything else I've ever read. But after a chapter or two, I found myself hooked. As the series goes on the characters grow to become more and more likeable, especially the protagonist Juliette. This is now not only one of my favourite books, but definitely one of my favourite trilogies.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I didn't love it at first, but I'm definitely intrigued and am going to continue with the series
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really great read At first I didn't really like this book, but then the more I read it the more I liked it.
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I don't really like adam for some reason
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was amazing! Best. Series. Ever. This trilogy is packed with romance, action and dystopian fantasy. I absolutely loved it and would re-read it again. I 100% recommend that you read this book, I have recommended it to my friends and they have all loved it.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read Not the best thing in the world, but it's definitely a good start. Also, just have to mention, Warner is life. I love him. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AMAZING !!! This is one of my favorite trilogies that I have read. I have to admit that i found that Juliette a little annoying and niven in the first book but she grew to be very strong later. Adam and Warner were both very interesting characters that i wanted to more and more of them. The whole my touch can kill you power was a very new power that has never been used before which was cool. I just find this book really fun and enjoyable I have read it more times then I can count! #teamwarner
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT This has got to be one of my top 3 series!! It is just so amazing! I absolutely love it, and I must admit that I've read it at least 4 times now (I finished reading the series again last week). I would recommend this to anyone, because it is an absolute must. Reading this series just always puts a smile to my face and I'm always so excited to read it again. The characters are just so amazing, and I find the way that Mafi wrote the book really cool. I found that when you see some scratched out words/sentences in the book, it connects you even more with the main character. Usually characters in books are reluctant to express their true feelings and show that they are feeling a certain way, but in this series, when the main character scratches out words, you really see how she is feeling and it makes you feel so much closer to the story as a whole. She writes down her true feelings, and even if she scratches it out, you still get to know how she really feels. And gosh, Warner <3 He's just so cool and sweet!! (you probably don't get it if you haven't finished the series. If you haven't, go finish it right this moment) And Kenji just makes me laugh SO MUCH. He is probably one of the funniest characters I have ever seen in a book, and I wish he were real, because he is actually so amazing:) I hope there's actually someone out there that's like that cause they would sure light up everyone's day. Anyway, over all, read this series if you haven't yet! you won't regret it, i can guarantee you that :)
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT, can't wait to reread it again This book is one of my favourite books of all time, i still cannot forget a lot of scenes from the book because of how amazing it is. it's just about the plot, but also the writing style is very unique and so calming for a reason. i recommended this book to a lot of people and they also fell in love with it. :)
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! Amazing series! It's funny, full of action and romantic! You should definitely read it!
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! This is sooooo good! It was one of the best series I've read in my life. It's funny, full of action and romance! Definetilly recommend it!
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect balance of dystopian fantasy and the struggle to get away I read this a couple months ago and I can't forget the story, iv'e been waiting to read it again but it was just so good!
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I picked it up because I loved the cover and couldn't put it back down until I had finished it! What a great story with great characters!
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Typical YA Distopian Some interesting concepts here, but mostly, lots of romance and tropes.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Looking Forward to Next One I admit I liked Shatter Me a whole lot more than I thought I would. The plot was interesting and I've never read anything like it. It was well done as well, detailed and not containing any noticeable holes. I liked the setting. And the characters were extremely well done. People complain about Juliette and say she's annoying but I really liked her character and how she reacted in a realistic way. The only problem I had was the writing style but after a while I got used to it. All in all, 4 out of 5 and I'm definitely going to read the second book.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea I get it; I just didn't enjoy it. I love so many types of books, but I do not appreciate poetry. I like a solid, meaty book with characters I can relate to. That's just my preference. So I was annoyed through 3/4 of the book and skimmed along until Juliette began to get her sanity back and stopped repeating herself constantly. It really wasn't until the last few chapters that the story developed some substance and looked like it might actually have a purpose. Then it ended, leaving me feeling unsatisfied, yet with a mild curiosity as to how it all turns out. I will have to see if the curiosity is enough to compel me to spend money on the second book. I'm undecided at this point.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Liked it #plumreview this book was definitely interesting, it wasn't my favourite, i found it strange to read at first, but got into the hang of it later on and started to enjoy it more, looking forward to reading the rest and to see how the main character deals with her 'gift'
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Surpassed my expectations! I honestly went into reading Shatter Me anticipating that I would secretly hate it. I was pleasantly surprised when that wasn't the case. The series as a whole is pretty solid and dynamic. This is one of the "better" dystopian YA series out there and you can tell when reading it that it is well thought out and doesn't simply follow all the trends that I have seen often replicated in YA Dystopian novels.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! Really enjoyed this book! Couldn't put it down:)
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love This book is very poetic and it a great read but the characters are under developed and you would need to read the whole trilogy and the novellas to get the full experience.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from in love i really enjoyed this book. im a fan of scifi and i feel in love with julliette powers and personality #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A read unlike any other. I think what drew me into Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi the most was its ability to explain the world's horrors in simple and complex metaphors which shows readers the beauty in re-becoming, i.e., the reconstruction of a world long thought to be dead to its very core. As the story progresses, I notice that there are more and more sentences with lines through them which, once you read the entire trilogy, you see how important it is. Juliette gets more confused about the morals of everyone around her and realizes that the world is not, like it has never been, black and white (which is why the rising number of lines through sentences is so important). I adored Tahereh Mafi's look at PTSD and a closed personality was done brilliantly in my opinion. A lot might look at Juliette's actions and be frustrated but she acted as anyone who is rejected by peers, family and authorities does.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay I really liked the cover- its pretty, and the original reason I picked up the book. But as unique as the cover is, this is just one book that I shouldn't have judged by the cover for the wrong reasons. I don't feel it was very unique at all.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this series so far I loved this first book of the trilogy. I loved the writing, the romance, the plot, everything. However, I am skeptical with how things are going to play out for the rest of the trilogy; perhaps I've read too many dystopia novels of these organizations that give false senses of security. I feel like I can't trust hardly anyone in this book except for Juliette hahaha. Overall, five stars because great plot and in love with that writing style.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved This So Much! #plumreview. This book is the love of my life!
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I don't know how I feel about this book The first half of this book was very confusing for me. It wa all metaphors and repetitive and it was hard to understand where the characters came from. But don't worry, the second half of the book is so much better! It is written in a beautiful and unusual way, but I like it because it's different. Also, this book has a lot more romance and less action than I thought, so it was a bit disappointing...
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOMENESS This book series is so good! I totally recommend it to any dystopian fans!
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from YES 4.5 STARS Wow, this book definitely impressed me a lot towards the end. There was a time there that I got a little bored or uninterested because of all the romance, but the ending was great. I thought we weren't going to get any more information about the Reestablishment and it was going to turn out as a lovey-dovey, not really dystopian novel, but the end fixed that. I don't think you can classify this book as only a dystopian/fantasy book, as there is that big aspect of romance in there, but that was okay for me. I do love romance novels and I didn't really feel like the relationship between Adam and Juliette was forced, so that's something. I enjoyed the parts where they talked about the Reestablishment because it's quite an interesting land to live in. The end where you discover an entirely new part of the world, completely surprised me. I didn't read any reviews on purpose because I wanted to feel that way. I felt like at one point it was just Juliette and Adam running away for so long (that may be because it took me so long to get through those 100 pages for some reason) so I was begging to feel bored. James and Kenji's characters definitely added dimension to the plot so that was great. I did feel bad for Juliette at first, though sometimes she was too antsy so that was a little irritating. All in all, she's a pretty great gal, and I mean she does have a pretty awesome super power. I look forward to reading more about her story. Everyone seems to be on Team Warner now, but I can't see that at all yet! I guess I'll have to read Unravel Me! I love James' character so much. He's such a cute little kid and he makes Adam so happy and transforms him into this protective older brother which is nice to see. [ I'm glad he's back with Adam too. I can't even imagine how hard it was for him to live alone for so long. (hide spoiler)] I guess he's protective around Juliette as well though.. I mean he wouldn't even let a comment from Kenji pass. hahaha Oh and I loves Tahereh Mafi's writing most of all. It was amazing and very captivating. I also love love love how she would do three words like that. It definitely highlighted those moments/thoughts of Juliette's which I thought was well done. The crossing out was interesting as well because I guess we all have that in our own minds. What you say and what you're really thinking. It's cool to be able to hear both sides from her. Excited for Unravel Me!
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great start to a series The past of all the characters are very intriguing and help develop the plot
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Picked up on a whim.. pleasesent surprize This post apocalypse world with these ever lovable and dislikable characters was a real treat. The introduction to our main heroine and the way she has lived and how she moves forward was a additive read. The state of this world she lives in is crazy. am prompting picking up the second in this series to see how this keeps unfolding.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Shatter me This book was ok. I find the concept a little similar to the "Darkest Minds" series. Like how the main girl has a really dangerous power. But, it was still good. Really like the concept of how the main girl's touch can kill. It was a really unique and interesting concept. Though I think what bugs me the most is the love triangle. It might have got on my nerves a bot ;)
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! This book was interesting and I could not put it down. It is definitely a favourite.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it! “Shatter Me” is about Juliette. Juliette is seventeen years old and has been living in an asylum for two years. Why? For one simple reason: when she touches people, they die. I know, that kind of sucks. She hasn’t talked to any living person for a while until the day she has to share her room with someone else: Adam. The only thing is that she remembers him from somewhere else and chances are that he might not be who she thinks he is… I have to say, I absolutely loved this book! It was action packed from start to finish and I got hooked up from the very beginning. Especially because of the really dark atmosphere of the asylum that intrigued me immediately. The only thing that annoyed me a little is that I thought the romance aspect was really “insta love” and pushed, but I forgot it after a while because I am totally team Adam right now (I don’t know if that will change when reading the sequels, though). And can we please talk about Tahereh Mafi’s writing style?! I totally fell in love with it. It is really poetic and I think if I had to give only one reason to read this book, it would be the wirting style. In conclusion I would recommend this to anyone who love dystopian books, the X-men and romance.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not my favourite I tried reading this book this summer and I simply could not get through it. I could not get attached to the characters and I felt that the narrative was too moody. Like the main character was trying too hard to seem misunderstood. I didn't like the love triangle either. Sorry!
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from okay-ish. This was okay.. it had a slow start and dragged on a bit in the last quarter. Warner's scenes as well as Kenji's made the book better ! The romance between Adam and Juliet became a bit annoying especially near the end when they had much more things to worry about and yet these two go makeout somewhere. Even their first encounter with the insta-love was yet another overdone YA trope.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing! I have no idea what to say about this series because it's too good for words! The language use is absolutely beautiful! A richly developed world with diverse characters brings to life a tale unlike any other. With plenty of twists and turns you never really know who to root for.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I cpuld not stop rereading it I sptent almost the two first month of summer vacation rereadimg this serie. It is one of my favourite that will stay with ,e forever. It is one of the bewt serie ever wrote. Not only the charcter are so well wrotten and the character development is cery well written, the sypry do not let time to breath.There is always somerhing hpening Also wjat marked me the ,ost ., it is the written style of the author. She used poesie and metaphor durong all the serie, and wrote the description in sich a way that you cannoyt tiee to read it. Iwas not really a fan of dyatopian serie amd science fiction, bit the author made it that I completley overlooled this part . Amazaing stye and serie, you should reay rwad it. In the first book, the author made us feel what the character felt. You can feel tp the dept of your sou what she meant with kuat a sentence, a word, or a croswed word. The end made me pick immediatly the second book
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This series is litterally my life!!! I have read this series twice; the first time I read it was a year ago, then I had to read it again this year because I loved it so much! Some people may find the beginning boring, and yes it's not the most interesting, but has the story continues it becomes a masterpiece. The plot twists, the whole dystopian future setting, the storyline, and the characters make this book impossible to put down. Juliette: She afraid of what she can do, but she's strong-willed. She's thrown into so much, and throughout the book she becomes a stronger -at times annoying- person Adam: He's a sweetie, and an easily likable character -in this book. Kenji: He's a hilarious smartass, he has a great personality, he's very lovable. But he's tough and really cares for the people he knows, and would do anything for them. Warner: He's an ass but also sweet and easy to dislike, but his love for Juliette is freaking adorable. Out of 5 stars I give this book 100, I really recommend this book. Out of all the series I've read this ones tied for first.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this so much! This book was so good and if you have not read it you need to read it. It's one of my favorites!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from So bad. Really bad. If you want really overdramatic narrating, extremely pretentious phrasing, and a writing style that'll make you want to claw your eyes out very slowly, then please pick up another book. Because you deserve better than that. Seriously. Don't read this.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this! Could not put this one down. It was definitely unpredictable, and that's what I love! Would recommend any day
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from save me I really like the cover, to begin with. the story was kinda weird due to the 'crossed-out' lines along the chapters but i got used to it pretty quickly. It made it look like i was reading Juliette's diary and see how she changes her mind or opinion towards herself, adam and/or warner
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart-wrenchingly Good This book is filled with plot twists that will keep you from putting the book down. This series overall is an emotional rollercoaster and is action-packed but also deals with parts such as love, and family, and between what is really right and what is really wrong . Seriously, get this book. And, the characters are hot, what else do you need?
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i highly recommend this book very goo book!
Date published: 2016-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This book was amazing AND TOTALLY WORTH MY TIME
Date published: 2015-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing One of my favorite series EVER! is a must read!
Date published: 2015-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!! I bought this book a week ago and read it twice already!!! I actually already finished the whole series!!!! Its a great read!
Date published: 2015-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read this to clear ur insanity This book broke me and built me up right away. I felt that everyone in this work was insane. The romance was rushed but i have got to say, this is a pretty interesting read
Date published: 2015-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Best book I have read forever could not put down, writing is so poetic and is full of heartstopping action and a swoony hunk CANNOT WAIT FOE THE SEQUEL
Date published: 2015-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shatter Me I truly enjoyed this in audio more than trying to read the print version. I'm enjoying the YA Science Fi because it's in audio, I couldn't seem to get into it in print, but was always being drawn back to it for some reason, so when it came up available but only in audio I'd thought I'd try it, and I'm so glad I did.
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!!!!!!!! best book i have ever red i usually don't read books like these but i am soooooo happy i did!!!!! the book kept me on edge all the time, and you never knew what was coming. it was filled with romance and action, i could not put it down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my one complaint is that in the last book in the last couple of pages the author started to lack major detail which was a little upsetting. but overall it is one of the best books i have red
Date published: 2014-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Someone had been taking pictures of her collection of books and this series stood out the most. I bought it on a hunch that the cover looked awesome. Turns out the books was just as great. I will definitely be reading the series again!
Date published: 2014-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from obsessed! I've read the series MULTIPLE times and I can never get enough! The first book starts a little slow, but then again i find most books do! If you're looking for a good series to start, this would be it! Cross fingers these books make it to the big screen one day!
Date published: 2014-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shatter Me Loved this book! It was so poetic and I connected with each character so deeply that I feel in love. I want a handbook cover (if one exists)
Date published: 2014-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shatter Me I absolutely love this book. From the beginning it explains everything without being confused which is a plus because not all books are that efficient.
Date published: 2014-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shatter Me Loved it absolutely loved it. Jodi has yet again proven herself as a versatile writer. Such a fast paced book you just can;t put it down and you may find yourself reading this one quite quickly! I liked the writing style, as in the way that there would actually be things crossed out throughout the book and that made the writing about her life so much more personal and real. I definitely liked the characters voice and the way that the story seems to be headed.
Date published: 2014-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow This book grabbed me by the throat and didn't let go.
Date published: 2014-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I really enjoyed this series. You have to push through the first few chapters, but after that it is completely worth it! Very good series and I Highly recommend these books
Date published: 2014-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good I liked how the author made her seem crazy but understandably so. And as she gradually regained get sanity she becomes write a powerful female role model. And Adam is just hot :)
Date published: 2014-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love This book is very well written and great to read I didn't want it to end!
Date published: 2014-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love This novel and its sequels are all equally captivating. I fell madly in love with Shatter Me within minutes of starting and i couldn't put it down. Tahereh Mafi is an amazing author and that really shows in her writings.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love Insanely good book. Mafi's writing style really captures Juliette's thoughts. Plot was amazing and well planned. Fast paced and exciting throughout the story. I would recommend this to anyone who loves dystopian, fantasy and kick ass heroines!!
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shatter Me I absolutely love this book and I am very excited to read the next series to this book :)
Date published: 2013-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shatter Me This was the best book I have ever read. I just fell in love with the characters. The story line was amazing and you really feel like you are right there in the thick of it all. I cant wait to read the other books. But after 'Unravel Me' i am torn between characters and hope 'Ignite Me' will help me come to a better conclusion.
Date published: 2013-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shatter Me Loved this book. It was slow in the beginning, but fit together perfectly, after reading the end of book.
Date published: 2013-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get this now!!! I loved this book. So poetic!!!
Date published: 2013-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Ideas And Plot Shatter Me was stunning and I loved the ideas and the plot. I loved the way the characters were described but i found the author focused alot on looks and not really much on personalities except for the main character's. Also I loved the way the plot and the story line were described but I thought that the plot was a little too fast and that the author seemed to be rushing. But it was still good and I loved the way the whole thing played out and how the author described or presented it.
Date published: 2013-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I loved the story and the style of writing was beautiful! The characters are each vulnerable but strong in their own way. I really enjoyed reading this book. Can't wait to read the sequel.
Date published: 2013-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read!! I loved this book and I'm really looking forward, for two and three!! (:
Date published: 2013-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Book You Cannot Put Down! Shatter Me blew me away! It was a fantastic read, from the first pages I was hooked with Juliette's story. Adam was adorable, I LOVED him throughout this book. Tahereh Mafi creates a world that is so great that it makes you want to read more about this AMAZING book. Shatter Me is one of the best books I read this year, with it action, romance and even some villains from the Reestablishment (Warner) Juliette has not touched anybody in 264 days, then she get her new cellmate Adam, and there were a few surprises for me in the beginning of the book, but they were good surprises. I loved Mafi's characters I give them 5/5, because this book is to awesome and the romance in the novel was great! Other readers say that there was "too much make-out" but there really wasn't it had the perfect amount, but remember these characters, *know each other from the past and are connected. She is able to touch Adam*(spoiler) I loved these characters, Juliette's touch is power and many people want this power to be used against the people who are bad, and Juliette does not want to participate in this, and Adam is her way out of this evil world. Mafi's writing will blow you away, because of its descriptive setting and what her world creates, you can picture it in your mind. Its beautiful and this is what I like about books, its the setting, it sets the mood and its everywhere. It did remind me of X-men but it was way better! Overall this book is one you have to pick up right away, because you will fall in love with this book, you will be addicted into the author's world and the things that are taking place at the moment. I recommend this book because its full of action, romance and a good dose of dystopian which are awesome. I cant wait to read the next book in the series, will be waiting patiently for this one. Pick up this book immediately!!
Date published: 2013-02-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book, but slightly disappointing. My reactions while reading Shatter Me (in this general order): – Oooooh pretty cover! – Ok, this is weird. Kinda emo. I don’t know if I like it yet… – What is with all the strikethroughs? The author must spend a lot of time on Tumblr, where everyone uses strikethroughs to indicate everything that runs through their brains. – So poetic! My brain is whirling with words. I haven’t read prose like this since Speak. – Of course there’s a hot guy…and then there’s another one! I think we’ve firmly established there will be a love triangle, this book, next book, eventually. – Adam is too nice. So is Juliette. But Warner is SUPER intense. – OMG something is actually happening besides Juliette’s thoughts! – Kissing. Lots of kissing. Nom nom nom. – More actiony stuff is happening! I feel exhilarated! I am so into this! What is happening?! Who just died? (Haha, just kidding; no spoilers in this review!) – Aaaand…stuff is winding down. More pretty writing. The End. My thoughts: So, this book has a lot of hype. It seems like everyone is obsessed with it. I can see why, but for me it just didn’t click. While I enjoyed Juliette’s narrative and her unique voice, some of Tahereh Mafi’s prose came across as a little trying-to-hard. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. Sometimes it gave Juliette a lot of depth, sometimes it made it seem like she constantly thinks of the same things, over and over again. Juliette is all about repetition. She views herself as a monster, but tells Warner that she isn’t one because she didn’t intend for any of the bad stuff that happened because of her gift. In the meantime, she keeps asking Adam, again, over and over, why he’s helping her, why he doesn’t care about her ability, why he’s prepared to run, why he doesn’t think he deserves her, why he cares for her. And he keeps giving her along the same answer. Yes, we all know Juliette and Adam are perfect for each other, but for me, Adam is kind of plastic. He’s good-looking, has pretty eyes, has a great physique, is in uniform (girls love a guy in uniform), and tries to protect Juliette. His only redeeming feature is that he doesn’t treat Juliette like some delicate doll. He gives her a gun, he trusts her to take care of herself when he can’t, and he appreciates her help without trivializing it. There’s also Warner to contend with. He’s much more interesting than Adam, even if he’s kind of creepy, and has a deeper and broader emotional range. I like when Tahereh Mafi mentions the counting, and I’ve grown to like the strikethroughs, but both together makes the style kind of weird. I don’t know if they work together or not. I haven’t figure it out yet, but it seems kind of awkward. It’s a writing style I haven’t seen and it takes a while to get used to. Coupled with the repetition of certain sentences as they run through Juliette’ head like thoughts instead of a narrative makes for an interesting read. For example: "His eyes are tight, his forehead pinched, his lips his lips his lipsare 2 pieces of fustration forged together. I step backward and 10,000 tiny particles shatter between us. He drops his eyes. He turns away. He inhales and 5 fingers on one hand form a fickle fist." (53) The ending wasn’t as climactic as I’d hoped it would be. I don’t think there was enough suspense built up at the beginning of the book, and definitely not enough risks. It seemed that being fugitives and using guns were second nature to these characters, and that their escapes were too easy. Then again, this is just the first book. Everything is going to get built up a lot more, and we see this a little in the last couple of chapters with an indication of something like an imminent war between two of the major parties in the story. Conclusion: I liked the writing and I liked Juliette (except for her questioning every single one of Adam’s feelings for her). Adam came a little short for me (too perfect for my taste) and the story needed to be built up a little more, fleshed out, and intensified. I think the only thing that gave it life was the prose. I will definitely read Unravel Me, but I hope it amps it up a notch. As the first book in a series, Shatter Me was great. Stand-alone, not so much.
Date published: 2013-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Guilty pleasure Juliette is not what most feminists want to see for as a female lead, she's fragile, she needs help, she's a little lost within herself, but it fits the situation. I've read reviews about how weak she is, but Shatter Me is the start of a series, Juliette is gaining her courage, and I'm very confident she will dominate the second book. Don;t get confused, she is not a character that watches the fights, she is allows involved. I love the plot, its not what I would consider a 'full' plot. The book obviously ends at the start of the sequel, which I am incredibly excited for because I these characters are awesome, and believable for the world they are in. I had to read this book three times because I kept loving it, but I wanted to see the flaws that others had pointed out, but I didn't find them to be flaws to a strong degree because they in no way took away from the story. I can't wait for Unravel Me to come out, but that being said, don't go into this book if you are expecting a future classic full of meaning, it's just meant to be enjoyable.
Date published: 2013-01-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Powerless Heroine, A Nonexistent Plot & Weak Worldbuilding Stunningly beautiful metaphors used to describe Juliette's inner turmoil and surrounding landscape was not enough to save Shatter Me from a powerless heroine, a nonexistent plot and weak world-building. I tried I tried I tried to relate to Juliette. Having grown up abused and unloved, then thrown into solitude for almost an entire year, I started reading Shatter Me knowing that Juliette was going to be an unstable character. I knew she was going to be meek and withdrawn and I had accepted that; I was prepared for that. What I wasn't prepared for was her unrelenting lack of character development. For the vast majority of the book, she spends her time crying/trembling/gasping/blushing, all while adamantly refusing to understand how anyone, but especially Adam, could care for her. This type of behaviour I could have forgiven, had she shown any growth. But it wasn't until the last few chapters that she went from being a weak, ridiculously melodramatic and frustratingly insecure protagonist into one with the glimmer of something resembling strength. I also had a hard time justifying her words with her actions. To his face, Juliette was constantly calling Warner a "murderer" or a "monster" and when she was discussing Warner with Adam, he was called "psychotic" and "obsessed." She also often referenced how Warner was looking to own her, to make her his toy. But on the inside, she was admiring his physical appearance, often during inappropriate or life-threatening moments. There were several mentions of how beautiful his green eyes were, or how smooth and sensual his voice was. There's even a scene where she lets Warner kiss her, and is surprised that she feels a connection between them and that she likes how he tastes. I just couldn't understand how I was supposed to respect, let alone relate, to the type of heroine who would let herself be so easily manipulated by someone who had forced her to endanger the life of a young child, who had held her captive - controlling when/what she ate and what she was allowed to wear - and who threatened the life of the person she claimed to love. My issues with Juliette aside, I was also disappointed with the world-building...or I should I say, lack of world-building. Being labelled a dystopian, I was eager to learn about the world Juliette inhabited and how it had reached that point. I was excited to see how Juliette and Adam rose up against the Reestablishment, to use Juliette's strange power against those, like Warner, who would see it used as a weapon. But Shatter Me is much more a paranormal romance with a dystopian setting than a pure dystopian, so my knowledge of the world was limited by how it affected her growing relationship with Adam. Sure, we were provided with the odd detail here and there, but I'm having a very hard time coming up with the entire picture. And the little details which were leaked were drowned amidst the overabundant use of metaphors and flowery prose, with the dystopia only making its presence known in order to make the romance interesting. It was during these more flowery prose moments that I most questioned the dystopian elements. It's mentioned several times how barren the landscape is, with every living thing having perished without adequate heat/nourishment from the sun. Juliette and Adam both comment with awe on how birds used to be able to fly. How would Juliette know what a field of lilies in full bloom looks like? I found there were a lot of instances where the metaphors either didn't make sense in the context of Shatter Me's particular dystopian setting, or just didn't make sense at all. As for the plot itself, it was virtually nonexistent. Most of Shatter Me is spent watching Juliette question herself and her ability to love and be loved. There's also a lot of steamy shower scenes, where nothing but heavy breathing and lip hovering near ears seems to happen. Moments of danger and heightened suspense - fleeing from the compound with gunshots going off in the near distance, for example - were all made less immediate with inappropriate inclusions of tender moments; I'm on edge, urging the characters to keep moving and they're stopping to stare deeply into each other's eyes. I kept being pulled from moments which would have made the plot seem more action-packed and eventful by seemingly stupid moments of passion between Adam and Juliette. Beautifully poetic with it's flowery prose, Shatter Me was a delight to read - in that I enjoyed the writing. But the content which made up the writing had a few too many flaws for me to completely immerse myself in the story. If you go into Shatter Me thinking it is a paranormal romance, you might get more enjoyment out of it then I did, expecting a dystopian.
Date published: 2012-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED it. Touted as “When Hunger Games meets X-Men”, Tahereh Mafi’s debut novel Shatter Me doesn’t disappoint. The readers are first introduced to Juliette as an emaciated prisoner in a dilapidated asylum. Her powers which had imprisoned her, have now caught the attention of several key figures. In a world that’s now a ghost of what it once was, Juliette struggles to listen to her instincts on who can or can’t be trusted while learning to accept that her Rogue-like powers will tempt people to exploit her for their own agenda. At only 23 years old, Mafi has excelled at penning a phenomenal debut novel. Filled with romance and dystopian intrigue, I absolutely could not put this book down. The narration style allowed the readers to feel like they were in Juliette’s head, living the confusion and uncertainty as she thinks and rethinks many of her thoughts, simply (and yet so brilliantly) illustrated by the crossed out words strikethroughs. The description and imagery is so vivid & imaginative, looking at the world in a different way. One particular analogy stuck out at me, where Mafi writes that the sun is like a negligent parent, only there half the time. I actually also found the story reminiscent of another favourite book/movie of mine, V for Vendetta, where an imprisoned girl finds herself in a world where it is governed by fear and corruption. I had finished this book over a week ago and it has taken me this long to write my review. I felt I couldn’t find the right words to do this book justice. Mafi is an extremely talented young writer, making something as simple as a touch so coveted and yearned for. This and other reviews can be found at
Date published: 2012-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling Debut! I have no idea where to begin. The buzz and positive reviews have really said it all. I'm not sure how to articulate how I felt while reading this, in a way that will stand out do the book justice. It was exceptional from the first page. The fact that this is my favourite genre to read probably has something to do with my love for this story, but I also think the writing was strong, the plot was compelling and I adored Juliette. I wavered between wanting to be her (um...can we say Adam!) and wanting to rescue her myself. I read this is in one sitting. I could not tear myself away, and I know that I'll need to go back and re-read again because at the rate I turned the pages I'm sure I missed a few things. :) Tahereh has a gifted writing style. She's able to compel the reader forward, but there is still beauty in her words. I marked many phrases and quotes from the book as I read. As I go back to read again, I'm sure I'll find more. I am looking forward to reading it again, and can not wait for more from this talented author. Very Highly Recommended. For more reviews check out:
Date published: 2011-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best debuts of the year! Originally Posted at Oh.My.Lord!! Truth is, I find no words to start a review for this book. I think "Oh.My.God" is the one little sentence that can abstractly describe my feelings toward it. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi simply blew my mind, and it did it from the first page until the last. There are many great books out there but only a few, very few, can engage me to the point that I stop everything in my life to read them. This book absolutely reached that level! Shatter Me is a book I couldn't put down, and I knew I wouldn't until I reached the last page. From the beginning Mafi' s writing captivated me with an eloquent and unique voice. Juliette voice is so strong and alive that it feels real. To be in Juliette's head was tormenting and lovely at the same time. When we first meet her, she is in a asylum. She has been there for 264 days and haven't seen a soul nor talk to any one during all those days. Her entire life has been suffering and isolation and I couldn't help but feel for her. Yet, Juliette is a girl that, despite everything she's been through, keeps an enormous heart that "all [she has] ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with [her] hands but with [her] heart." (p.69) The torment of her miserable existence cracked my heart. It felt like seeing someone real shattering right in front of my eyes, with only a tiny notebook and a pen to hold onto life... "These Words are my vomit. This Shaky pen is my esophagus. This sheet of paper is my porcelain bowl." (p.11) ... until Adam shows up. Adam is simply one of the best male characters I have ever read! He is officially Up There with Dimitri Belikov and Jace Wayland and God only knows how much I love those two! Adam is, certainly, a hero that will imprint his own mark in every reader's heart. Besides these two extraordinary characters, there is James and Kenji though I won't say anything about them. I think is much better if readers meet them by themselves. Also, there is another particular character that I absolutely hate, Warner. He is, a terrific villain with a beautiful face and a rotten heart. Tahereh Mafi did the perfect job creating such a monstrous, yet alluring character. Shatter Me is full with action and romance from beginning to end. There wasn't even one page that I didn't enjoy. The story kept me immersed in the decaying world Mafi created. The detailed descriptions made this world so touchable, so real. But, Shatter Me is not only a book about action and romance. Actually, strong themes such as isolation, war/coup d'etat and environmentalism are greatly important in the story (and in our own world). "Our people is dying because we are feeding them poison. Animals are dying because we are forcing them to eat waste, forcing them to live in their own filth, caging them together and abusing them. Plants are withering away because we are dumping chemicals into the earth that make them hazardous to our health. But these are things we can fix" (p.307) I am vegetarian and this paragraph really touched me. Mafi tells a truth, a terrible truth that does happen today but at the same time, in this fictional world, she gives me hope. Shatter Me is one of my favorite books of 2011. I loved this book to such point, that when I finish reading Shatter Me, I felt that Tahereh Mafi wrote this book for me. The plot is rich in every in every single way and I couldn't abandon my book for more than a few minutes. I was holding my breathe most of the time and every time I turned the page, more and more kept coming. The writing is absolutely captivating. Readers wont be able to get away from the pages that Mafi so extraordinarily wrote! This book is more than an outstanding debut! Shatter Me will absolutely be one of those unforgettable books of 2011 and readers will probably read this book more than twice! Obviously, I am one of them!
Date published: 2011-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An incredible debut! I'm so happy I got the opportunity to read Shatter Me. Tahereh Mafi has written a debut that's not only filled with absolutely beautiful writing, but has extremely unique individuals, and a romance that'll melt you into a puddle. It was ah-ma-ZING! Juliette has been locked up for almost a year. 264 days without speaking, without socializing, proper food or shelter. 264 days without human touch. Juliette's has the unusual curse gift of a touch that can kill. After a horrible accident, she's basically shunned by her peers, elders, even her parents, until The Reestablishment take her away for their own sinister plans. Juliette is a fabulous main character, and she's so real. I loved the way her thoughts were sometimes frantic, or thoughtful, sometimes precise or not even grammatically correct. You truly feel that you're right there with her, her fears, her anger, her sadness. The crossed out words only made this more pronounced. She's so ashamed and disgusted with her power, and being witness to Juliette growing stronger, accepting herself and her ability, find the possibility of love, was nothing short of breath taking. And speaking of love: Adam. Adam. Adam, the one with the hidden agenda, who took risks, said all the right things and made Juliette feel human again. *Melts* There were serious flames developing between these two. I had to make sure I wasn't grinning like a creep while reading this on the bus! And then there was Warner, the very complex bad guy. He's so obsessed with Juliette, and his unquestionable need for power and desire to get what he wants makes him a very formidable character. I was torn between hate and pity for him, and am still really uncertain about what kind of person Warner really is. The world of Shatter Me is pretty bleak, but there's always that hopeful spark throughout that you wait to burst into some sort of avenging inferno. The action slowed towards the end to make way for a huge reveal, and it so played like a superhero movie in my head. I even had that dramatic background music and the fade-to-black ending! So epic! Bottom Line Is this going to be a movie? It would make an awesome movie. Powers and a corrupt government, creepy villain and a breathtaking, smoldering romance. This is the kind of book that makes you sigh happily as you finish before frantically yelling its praises and/or hunting down book 2. When Tahereh?! WHEN. I loved this so much! Review from my blog:
Date published: 2011-11-08

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