Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Book 1 in the Shatter Me series
Genre: YA dystopian romance
WHY DIDN’T I PICK THIS BOOK UP SOONER? It was so amazing and absorbing. 😍
Juliette was a very unique and awesome MC. For the first few chapters we learn she’s been in an asylum for almost a year, and that she’s had a rough childhood and life in general. I immediately felt sorry for her, because even with her gift, I don’t think anyone should have to experience that. But I also loved that she was so thoughtful, and I thought she was deep. She handled everything pretty well after everything she’d been through, and I was impressed.
The other characters were awesome too. Adam was so sweet, and I really like him and Juliette together. I thought James was so cute, in the way young kids are. I haven’t quite made up my mind on Kenji, though. He’s a good guy and he’s amusing, but I’m just not sure about him. And I really don’t like Warner. He’s a great character and antagonist, but he’s so twisted and I can’t stand him. I was hoping Juliette killed him towards the end, but I knew it couldn’t be that easy.
There wasn’t a lot of action in this book; at least not in the physical, fighting sense. There was a lot of mental action (if that makes sense) and suspense and romantic action, though. I was completely okay with that. It was really entertaining and I loved it. 😃
Throughout the book, there were a lot of conversations and quotes that I thought were funny or cute, or touched me in some way. I wanted to tab so many parts, but I couldn’t because I only have a library copy. Two of my favorites were:
“I spent my life folded between the pages of books. In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.” ❤️ It’s so deep and touching, and I can kind of relate, although I’m not in the same situation she is by far, and I can interact with other humans (I just don’t like to. 😆)
“‘Go to sleep.’
‘Go to h*ll.’
‘I’m working on it.'” 😂 This short exchange between Juliette and Warner really cracked me up. I expected a comment like that from Juliette, but Warner’s casual response to it was (way too) amusing to me.
And yet, I only gave four stars. That’s because I did have one issue while I was reading – Adam and Warner are both immune to Juliette’s touch. Her lover and her enemy. I think that’s a bit odd. The one guy she likes (who likes her back) happens to not be affected, and so is the guy that wants to use her to torture people. The former means that Adam can have a real romantic relationship with Juliette, and the latter means that Warner can capture her and make her do his dirty work. One or the other would’ve been fine, but I think both is too much of a coincidence. 😁
But overall, Shatter Me was an amazing book, and I’ll definitely be continuing the series! I can’t wait to keep reading. 😃
Until next time– Olivia 💙 (and Happy Halloween! 🎃) (my Twitter)