26 April, 2013

book review

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

My Copy: Paperback, 338 pages
Original Publication Date: November 15, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Gift

I HAVE A CURSE.
I HAVE A GIFT.

I’M A MONSTER.
I’M MORE THAN HUMAN.

MY TOUCH IS LETHAL.
MY TOUCH IS POWER.

I AM THEIR WEAPON.
I WILL FIGHT BACK.

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 this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a riveting dystopian world, a thrilling superhero story, and an unforgettable heroine.

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My Review
Okay, wow, this cover is absolutely gorgeous!  I’m soooo glad that I have a hardcopy of this book and not an eBook.  Now that that’s out of my system…
Shatter Me was a very good read.  I was instantly into the story and kept turning those pages.  The story was very interesting and kept me guessing, while always keeping me on my toes and intrigued.  I have heard many, many, many great things about this book, so my expectations were definitely high.  I felt that Shatter Me (mostly) lived up to my expectations.
The characters were good and well-developed.  I really liked Juliette (the narrator and main character).  She felt so real to me.  I felt like I knew exactly where she was coming from at every moment.  A very well developed character, for sure.  Though we don’t know too much from her recent past, we discover hidden truths from her childhood and are able to really grasp who she is as a person.  And who she is is a teenage girl who is afraid of her own touch.  She can kill people with her touch.  She has killed with a mere touch.  She starts out as this afraid girl who has been locked up all by herself in this very strange-sounding place.  But, she is able to get past her fears and grow throughout the novel.
Adam, the love interest is not as well developed.  But, I feel like we get a decent sense of who he is.  He is strong, yet sensitive, and really seems to care about Juliette.  Though, at times I found myself questioning his motives.  Whether this was intentional…I won’t say anything else because of possible spoilers.  I did like his character though, but I wish he would have been slightly more developed.
The writing is unique and different.  It was refreshing.  There is a lot of strikethroughs and a lot of repetition.  The writing style really captures the urgency that Juliette is feeling — the repetition and lack of punctuation at times makes it seem more panicky.  And the lack of punctuation the odd time actually didn’t bother me!!!  It fit really well with the story.  Very well done!
Overall, I enjoyed this novel.  I did feel as though something was missing…something.  I can’t explain it and I don’t know what, but something was just off or missing or…something.  So, unfortunately, it’s not going to get a perfect 5/5 rating.  I wish I could put this into words, but I really can’t…it’s one of those times when I just can’t fully explain my feelings on a book…
4 stars blue
A Peek Inside:
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.
 
They want to delete every point of punctuation in 
my life from this earth and I don’t think I can
let that happen.

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3 Responses to “Review: Shatter Me”

  1. I loved this story. It was so unique and original. Juliette was an awesome main character. I felt for her, I related to her in odd ways. Warren, though I hated him, is also an incredibly well developed character. Adam wasn’t so much at first, but once they got to his home I feel like his development really started. All in all, I adore this book. I love the sentences that are marked out. I just love the story. I haven’t had a chance to read Unravel Me yet, but I am looking forward to it. I hope that it is as great of a story as this one. Oh yeah, those covers are stinkin gorgeous aren’t they?