Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi || Unexpected enjoyment with a meh romance

Shatter Me

Shatter Me #1

Tahereh Mafi

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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.

Publisher: Harper

Published: November 15th 2011

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Trigger Warning

 

 

 

 

Suicidal Thoughts/Depression, Murder, Parental Abuse


I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.” 

This was… pleasantly surprising? It took me years to actually get to this series with all the iffy reviews holding me off. But, I have learned my lesson: form your own opinion— which isn’t… a new lesson… I don’t know where I was going with this.

Now, if I’m going into this with the full intention of just superficially enjoying it, then yes, this is an okay read. It’s angsty, it has a creep for a villain and a plot that isn’t changing anyone’s life. And honestly, the writing is the best part of the book. If you like poetic, flowery prose with a powdered sugar metaphor every other sentence, then you can find some enjoyment here. I can see how it can be too much for some, but it’s my thing, so I’m fine.

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I can’t say much about the worldbuilding, since we are only in two locations, but it is a dystopian and the Reestablishment are the bad guys. To be honest, nothing was really scary… and a lot of things didn’t really make sense? Like how the world is basically in a doomsday, wasteland and technology is what people were focusing on advancing. Food? Water? A roof over the populace’ heads? We don’t know her.

“Raindrops are my only reminder that clouds have a heartbeat. That I have one, too.” 

So that makes us lean on the characters, who were fine. Juliette has been locked away from the world for 264 days for a terrible gift of killing with just her touch, so her complaining was something that I could bypass. She’s been isolated from the world for damn near a year, killed an innocent person and was emotionally abused by her parents… let the girl live. Did she do idiotic things like starve herself out of some sort of stubborn streak instead of building her strength and planning a way out? Yeah. I have no excuse for her decisions. 

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I don’t really want to mention the romance, since I wasn’t feeling it in the first place and I can definitely see that this ain’t it, but it’s a thing… that happens. Hell, even Warner was a bit basic. He was definitely creepy in his interactions with Juliette, but I like that he wasn’t romanticized.

I did appreciate the end, the character development was pretty good. We have Juliette fighting back some and finding herself and such. Was this book life changing? No. Was it original? No. Would I reread it? Not anytime soon— but yes, I would because I enjoyed the hell out of this read.

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7 thoughts on “Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi || Unexpected enjoyment with a meh romance”

  1. Great review! I’ve been waiting to get the last 2 books for cheap so I can just read all 3 in one go but maybe I’ll forget that and just give this one a shot. Sometimes something good but not amazing is relaxing to read aha

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