Series: Shatter Me #3
Published by HarperCollins
Published on 2014-02-04
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult
Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she'll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew-about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam-was wrong.
In Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi created a captivating and original story that combined the best of dystopian and paranormal and was praised by Publishers Weekly as "a gripping read from an author who's not afraid to take risks." The sequel, Unravel Me, blew readers away with heart-racing twists and turns, and New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia said it was "dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense." Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and climactic end.
First of all, I am clearly #TeamKenji. I devoured this book in less than 24 hours.
Juliette : Maybe we can fight them?
Kenji : Are you out of your goddamn mind? You think we can take on two hundred soldiers? I know I am an extremely attractive man, J, but I am not Bruce Lee.”
J : Who’s Bruce Lee?
K : Who’s Bruce Lee? Oh my God. We can’t even be friends anymore.
J : Why? Was he a friend of yours?
K : You know what, just stop. Just—I can’t even talk to you right now.
So before I talk about anything else, I will talk about Kenji. Not only is he the bestest friend you can ever have, but Tahereh Mafi made him really funny!
Kenji : Can you, like, see invisible people, too?
Warner : No. I can feel your presence. Hers, most of all.
Kenji : Really? That’s some weird shit. What do I feel like? Peanut butter?
I snagged that photo from the author’s Pinterest account, and I couldn’t agree more that he’s so Kenji! Amidst all the talks of war, devastation, and extreme training, Kenji still managed to uplift the team’s spirits. He always has funny quips to say, and after what happened to Castle in Unravel Me, it felt like he was the glue that held the team together. I would love to be best friends with him. I know that he will always have my back, and he isn’t afraid to call on anyone’s bullshit.
Warning : This review might have some spoilerish info. Read at your own risk! Major spoilers are hidden. Expect lots of whining. And excuse me for a sort of erratic review. I typed this as soon as I finished the book, then edited a day after mulling it over.
If you have read my previous reviews, you would know that I do not like Warner. Why? Because he’s a sociopath. Juliette thought of him as a monster. He’s like an apex predator, he makes no excuses for the things that he’s done. But learning more about his beginnings in Destroy Me, softened my heart towards him, or probably, I began to understand why he was the way he is.
In this book, he and Juliette spent a lot of time together, since he took care of her when something bad happened to her in book 2. (His father, the supreme, shot her in the chest and she almost died.) We see the vulnerable side of Warner, and I began to understand what his love for Juliette is made of.
Ignite, my love. Ignite.
He evolved into something that, I have to admit, is so human. I found myself thinking that the author was a genius for making me feel things, like hatred towards him, into actually liking him. Maybe even loving him. Even though he had it in him, the strength to overpower Juliette, he never forced himself on her. Tahereh Mafi made his relationship with Juliette into a slow burning love affair. It wasn’t rushed, and it felt believable. And in Chapter 32, he made me cry. Like real tears, cry. But I still can’t forget the bad things that he did.
Honestly, it felt like Mafi made excuses to make the love triangle work. Excuse after excuse to turn the monster into Sully of Monsters, Inc. That all of Warner’s actions were excusable. Excuses, excuses!
Still, I ache for Adam. In Fracture Me, we see the darkness in him, and in this book, well, let’s just say that he made me cry, because it hurt. Man, he really broke
my Juliette’s heart!
You have no idea, what it means to truly suffer. Sometimes I think you live in some fantasy land where everyone survives on optimism– but it doesn’t work that way out here. In this world, you’re either alive, about to die, or dead. There’s no romance in it. No illusion. So don’t try to pretend you have any idea what it means to be alive today. Right now. Because you don’t.
I guess, when the world is at war, and when everything seems bleak, the side of you that you think you don’t have, emerges. And I do understand where he’s coming from. His heart is in the right place (the place where it can easily be stabbed to hurt and bleed), and his anger was so palpable from the pages that I felt it.
I left everything I knew because I thought we were in this together. I thought it was going to be me and you.
You think I don’t know what that look is? You think I wouldn’t be able to tell? She used to look at me like that. I know her—I know her so well—
Having said all those things, I still felt cheated. I felt like I never knew Adam at all. His kind and gentle nature were stripped off. Suddenly, he’s just an empty shell? Was I lied to? All of a sudden, I didn’t want to be around him anymore. It’s not fair! He couldn’t just change into someone unlikeable just because his heart was broken. I mean, not that much! WOW, what a total 180?! It felt like the author needed an excuse to break the triangle. I really don’t like love triangles. It sucks the life out of me. *Le sigh*
But as the story progressed, Adam, found a balance in himself somehow. I wouldn’t doubt his love for his brother, James, and I genuinely believe that he loves Juliette. Like I said, his heart is in the right place.
Juliette, oh Juliette. You’re about as confused about love as anyone, but your confusion was so annoying!
Do I love Adam. I don’t know. Do I love Warner. I don’t know.
You know. I know! Or maybe you love Kenji!
My heart broke as hers did. The scene where she says the quote below, was so intense, I saw it playing in my head, and I felt that I couldn’t breathe – I imagined she felt that way, too.
Words, I think, are such unpredictable creatures. No gun, no sword, no army or king will ever be more powerful than a sentence. Swords may cut and kill, but words will stab and stay, burying themselves in our bones to become corpses we carry into the future, all the time digging and failing to rip their skeletons from our flesh.
Juliette blossoms into herself. She learned how to reach her full potential as an individual and as someone who has so much superpower in her. She’s no longer the pathetic little crybaby that I’ve grown to loathe. Her character development from being a broken girl into a really strong, kick-ass character is to be applauded.
For so many years I lived in constant terror of myself. Doubt had married my fear and moved into my mind, where it built castles and ruled kingdoms and reigned over me, bowing my will to its whispers until I was little more than an acquiescing peon, too terrified to disobey, too terrified to disagree. I had been shackled, a prisoner in my own mind. But finally, finally, I have learned to break free.
She learned how to accept and love herself, that being different is not a weakness. She knows what she wants and how to get it. This gave her the conviction to take on the role as leader. To fight for a life that she wants to live in.
This is about me and what I want. This is about me finally understanding where I want to be in ten years. Because I’m going to be alive, Kenji. I will be alive in ten years, and I’m going to be happy. I’m going to be strong. And I don’t need anyone to tell me that anymore. I am enough, and I always will be.
The only thing that I hated about her? She just swallowed every excuses that Warner told her without question. I don’t know about some of you, you may have a different opinion on this, but honestly, just like that?! NO WAY.
Reading a lot of dystopian novels, I know that young people actively grow up to maturity because of the circumstances that are thrown their way. I saw that growth in Juliette, Adam, Warner, and Kenji. But somehow, having Juliette take on the leadership role wasn’t so believable. I think that suddenly becoming a leader of a whole sector, or taking the role of the supreme would be too much for her. It should be Warner leading the whole sector. He’s got the experience to back him up. Woohoo for Juliette. However, with what she found out about her powers, I would’ve preferred that she ended up with no man beside her. All that growing up and she still hadn’t realized that she has the potential to be with someone else who doesn’t have the ability to touch her.
The action scenes that lead to the final fight with the supreme, seemed a bit rushed. I wanted a more intense encounter that would have me gripping the edge of my seat while reading! Honestly, the book felt more on the talking a lot side than an action-packed one. Like seriously, the book was supposed to have this huge war going on, but I only read a few people doing any actual fighting. Some didn’t even warrant a page on what they were actually doing during the supposed huge war! (Like hello, where are the MCs fighting off said enemy?) I didn’t experience the war. AT ALL. But what do you expect from a single POV book? I think it would’ve been better if this final book included 2 or 3 POVs from some of the main characters. But no, it would’ve worked. I mean, I just finished reading ‘Sunrise by Mike Mullin’. It was a single POV book, but I felt like I was in on the action.
I love Kenji. Okay, so I had to talk about him again. He warrants an award for being the best person ever! In this book, he and Juliette had more time together than Juliette and Adam did. I really love the platonic relationship between him and Juliette. I really enjoyed the banter and chemistry between them. I do have a really close guy friend, and it is definitely possible for guys and girls to be just friends. And Kenji is my book best friend!
The book left me with a few questions that were left unanswered. First off, about Warner’s mother. Then, there’s this thing about Anderson and Adam and Warner and James. And then, I wanted to know what happened to Juliette’s parents. Plus, I wanted to find out if there were other Omega Point survivors.
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If you’re a fan of this book series, I’d say that you would really enjoy this one, even though I didn’t love it. I am pretty sure that there are elements in this book that you would love, like the beautiful prose and quotes that you can pluck off the pages. Tahereh Mafi’s writing is quite unique, that the characters’ voices just echo in your head. Having said that, I stand by my rating. If not for Kenji, I would totally remove the bonus half-point.
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