Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - Book Review



In my June book haul I said if the book was even half as good as the amazing cover, I would love it. It was. It is just a stunning book, written beautifully with complex characters. 



Shatter Me tells the story of Juliette, a teenage girl who has a lethal touch. Hidden away in an asylum, Juliette hasn’t had contact with another person in months, she is seen as a threat and it isn’t until her new cellmate Adam comes to join her that she finally gets to speak to another human being. She soon realises that she knows Adam from her childhood, as the only boy who was ever kind to her. But The Reestablishment have plans for Juliette and want to use her as a weapon.


Tahereh Mafi has a beautiful writing style which is intense, poetic and almost lyrical, and I found myself being pulled in to the story with her words very quickly. I did have a few issues though, I found it distracting the way the numbers were written, ‘2’ as opposed to ‘two’, it wasn’t needed and I didn’t feel it added to the writing style, if anything it lessened it. The strike out were clever, but overused in my opinion. I felt like these two decisions were a little gimmicky, and contradicted the flow of Juliettes stream of consciousness narration style, which was a shame.
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The book is very fast paced, and the characters of Adam and Warner were very interesting to read. Yes, this is another YA love triangle novel, but because Warner played the role of the antagonist in addition to the love interest, it didn’t come across that way. Warner wants to use Juliette as a weapon, and is desperate for her to welcome her inner darkness in the same way he does, and I found that very interesting.

I am aware that some people have had issues with the ‘insta love’ aspect of Shatter Me, but I understood why Tahereh Mafi wrote the book in this way, both Adam and Juliette have had very difficult and isolated lives, and I feel that justifies their instant attraction, in addition to the fact that they did know each other as children. As far as Warner goes, I think he is a brilliant character and I am very intrigued to find out more about in Unravel Me.


Overall, I loved this book. I feel the fact that Juliette can touch both Adam AND Warner requires some explanation, and I am sincerely hoping that it will be explained, otherwise it will look very convenient. But I am in this series for the long haul, and I cannot wait to start reading Unravel Me.

4.5/5



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