Series: Shatter Me #1
Published by HarperCollins
Published on November 15th 2011
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Superheroes, Young Adult
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.
I wish I could stuff my mouth full of raindrops and fill my pockets full of snow. I wish I could trace the veins in a fallen leaf and feel the wind pinch my nose.
It took me a while before I finally picked up Shatter Me. I usually read a series when there are at least 2 books that are already published. It’s a perk when there are novellas, too.
The story draws you in right away. I found myself turning page after page because I wanted to know what the mystery was about in Juliette’s character. She’s been locked up in an asylum because she accidentally murdered someone with her bare hands. Juliette’s touch is lethal. Her mind is full of numbers. She counts every second that she breathes. The cracks on the walls have been accounted for. Even the shades of gray have been tallied. She’s been in her lonesome for almost a year, until the asylum gave her a roommate. A boy.
Adam was the catalyst for the change in Juliette’s life. Like Juliette, I had doubts for his motives, and all throughout the book, she still didn’t trust him fully. I think anyone new in Juliette’s life warrants doubt. She’s been ostracized all her life, and trusting someone was not something that came too easy for her.
Apart from the repetitive words words words, I found myself unable to stop reading the story. I was already absorbed absorbed absorbed with Juliette’s thoughts, that I can overlook the annoyance of the repetition of words in almost every sentence in the book. Aside from the triplicating words, Mafi is fond of using a whole lot of
strikethroughs. Seriously. That needs to stop. But I guess, if you’re speaking to your readers using the mind of Juliette, who’s been locked up in an asylum for a while, you tend to go a little crazy. Okay, really crazy.
The first half of the book was good, but after that, I found myself reading it for the sake of finishing it. The world-building did not impress me. I felt like it lacked something. I could not picture Juliette’s world in my head. Also, birds can’t fly in her world anymore. I can’t imagine why or how this happened. It was never explained well enough for me to grasp the reasoning behind it.
In addition, Juliette is obsessed (or Mafi is) with eyes.
Adam’s Eyes :
- Dark and deep and drenched in passion.
- beautiful lens
- bottomless blue
- a midnight moment filled with memories
- always shining in the darkness
- two pools of perfection, open, honest, humble
Warner’s Eyes :
- two shots of green punched through a pane of glass
Okay, so I only used one description for Warner’s, but that’s because I don’t like him. Well, he is misunderstood, but I still like Adam.
And look at this :
“His eyes look amused, troubled, interested, and confused all at once.”
Uh, seriously, how does that look like? I can’t picture it in my head!
Lastly, I had a hunch that Juliette isn’t the only one with abilities. It felt like the introduction to these characters in the end was very last minute. Also, it felt so X-Men.
Maybe I had high expectations for this book that’s why I was a bit disappointed that it didn’t deliver what I wanted. Or maybe the use of a lot of metaphors and similes didn’t sit well with me. I’m not entirely sure, but it was readable and it left me intrigued in the end, so I continued with the series.
Read from December 25 to 27, 2013
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