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Shatter Me (Shatter Me, 1) Paperback – January 9, 2018
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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.
Includes a special sneak peek for This Woven Kingdom, Tahereh Mafi’s new epic, romantic fantasy trilogy inspired by Persian folklore!
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PRAISE FOR SHATTER ME: “Addictive, intense, and oozing with romance. I’m envious. I couldn’t put it down.” — Lauren Kate, New York Times bestselling author of FALLEN
“Rip-roaring adventure and steamy romance scenes, with a relationship teens will root for as much as they did for Bella and Edward. Inventive touches propel the story, such as strikeouts that reveal Juliette’s inner thoughts. The final chapters leave Juliette, Adam, and Warner well poised for round two.” — Booklist
“Mafi combines a psychological opener with an action-adventure denouement in her YA debut. This is a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks.” — Publishers Weekly
“Fans of Cashore’s Fire, Oliver’s Delirium, and, yes, Twilight will find this addictive.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Fast-paced action scenes convey imminent danger vividly....Part cautionary tale, part juicy love story, this will appeal to action and adventure fans.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Teens will feel satisfied yet wait impatiently for more.” — School Library Journal
EARLY PRAISE FOR UNRAVEL ME: “Unravel Me is dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense. I dare you to stop reading.” — Kami Garcia, New York Times bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures novels
From the Back Cover
The moon understands
what it means to be
h u m a n.
i m p e r f e c t i o n s.
No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but the Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.
But Juliette has plans of her own.
After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.
In the electrifying first book in the Shatter Me series, Tahereh Mafi presents a riveting dystopian world, a thrilling superhero story, and an unforgettable heroine.
- ASIN : 0062085506
- Publisher : HarperCollins; 9.2.2012 edition (January 9, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780062085504
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062085504
- Reading age : 13+ years, from customers
- Lexile measure : HL650L
- Grade level : 9 - 12
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 0.9 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Some excerpts: "His lips his lips his lips his lips his lips. My eyes are fighting not to flutter. My legs have won the right to tremble. My skin is scorched everywhere he's not touching me. His lips are so close to my ear I'm water and nothing and everything and melting into a wanting so desperate it burns as I swallow it down."
"Raindrops are my only reminder that clouds have a heartbeat. That I have one, too."
"I am a raindrop. My parents emptied their pockets of me and left me to evaporate on a concrete slab."
"He's so wrong. He's more wrong than an upside down rainbow."
"...my body is in a blender, and I'm made of mush"
"My heart is a field of lilies, blooming under a pane of glass, pitter-pattering to life like a rush of raindrops"a
"My heart is a stick of butter, melting recklessly on a hot summer day"
I know, I know, some of you are thinking these are beautiful, and I'm just a monster who hates beautifully written prose. But as I put it to my daughter just now: "You like sprinkles, right? Sprinkles are pretty, and they taste good. But do you want me dumping the whole huge jar of sprinkles right on top of your ice cream? No, because then you wouldn't appreciate the taste of the sprinkles, and it would ruin your ice cream."
This book was buried under so many sprinkles that I never even tasted any ice cream.
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.
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First of all, I did enjoy the writing style and the way Mafi ‘crosses out’ phrases to reflect Juliet’s mental state but even that got annoying and repetitive after the first one hundred pages. The characters were bland, cardboard cutouts and completely one dimensial. The insta Love was annoying, as it always is. Also, I feel as if nothing happened in the book, which is odd because a number of events that should’ve been exciting occurred that did not affect me whatsoever and interested me even less. Near the ending, there is a part where we assume a certain character to be dead, but I didn’t feel the slightest amount of sadness. At the ending, I felt no joy, no happiness and certainly no motivation to continue the series. It is not often I leave a book completely devoid of emotion. I think where Mafi went wrong was the characters, had they been more fleshed out, they may have helped with driving the plot. Also, the insta love really bothered me in this one and should’ve just been left out or slowed down by a lot.
Overall, I will not be continuing this series and I am hugely dissapointed.
Juliette is a good main character. She starts of vulnerable, scared and weak, but as she escapes and becomes free, she develops in confidence and learns more about who she is. She's actually quite a strong and brave character when she puts her mind to it.
I liked Adam as well. He liked her, and tried to do everything to help her. Juliette couldn't quite believe it, which made it all the bit sweeter to read.
Warner is an interesting character. He is being portrayed as a villian, but I found that he wasn't really. Yes, he wanted to use her which wasn't particularly right, but he was also just doing his job. I'm interested to see how this progresses and whether he actually does become the bad guy he's meant to be.
The only thing which was slightly annoying was the writing at times. Lots of repetition and crossed out phrases. Yes, it works, but it does get a little bit annoying at times.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
The author has done an incredible job of developing each character, and it is an amazing feeling to watch them grow stronger and more confident (some think that the main character is naïve and weak - just wait, she gets badass!)
Before I started reading the Shatter Me series, I had spent so many hours searching for the perfect book to get lost in. So if you too have been searching for an eternity, STOP LOOKING! If you love futuristic fantasies, supernatural sci-fi and romantic relationships, I guarantee you that this will automatically beecomee your favourite series.
After reading Sarah J Mass I never thought I'd find another author who is able to make me fall in love with the characters almost instantly. And well Tahereh you did it and I'm shook.
It's been a while since I've read a book where I'm so hooked on the characters that I already feel an emotional attachment to them. I can't wait to have more character development and it's just beautifully written where it's easy to read and flows gorgeously and keeps you constantly hooked. Oh yes have I mentioned that it contains people with powers? what a twist is that? As someone who is obsessed with X Men I can't get enough of this book it brings my joy of people with different unique powers to a whole new level. Castle is basically Xavier of Omega😂 The romance is also so beautifully written and fills my teenager soul filled with painful sexual tension love which I adore.
Anyway I just love this book so much I can't handle it and I'm so excited to continue the read and find out more about the powers and the world.
That did not happen.
I did also like the unique idea of crossed out sentences to represent Juliette's mental state and repetition of words but these got quickly tiresome and therefore irritable.
I feel like not much has happened in the book, the characters were one dimensional and the 'romance' seemed fake. It didn't have a natural flow and seemed almost forced, where all three male characters were enticed by Juliette and all three wanted her... Sorry, I did not buy that.
What I can say is that I expected more of this great preamble of a synopsis and the ending didn't drag me out to buy the next book in the series... although from the middle of the book to the end, the actions and descriptions got a lot better, I must say.
As a plus side it was a quick and easy read.