Monday, June 9, 2014

Review: Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi

10429045Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Pub. Date: November 15, 2011
Genre: Dystopia, Romance

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.-Goodreads

Warning: This review will be filled with spoilers and and a lot of ranting about Shatter Me

2 Stars

Is it bad that I hated this book that everyone else seems to love? Everything about it annoyed me; the characters, the badly executed storyline (that could have had potential), the million love interests and the writing style... don't even get me started on the writing style. and what was with all this?

Summer and I have agreed that Shatter Me is just one of those books that we love to hate. Sure, I will admit that both the storyline and the writing had huge potential and from just the blurb I thought that it would be a book I would enjoy, but then why did I finish Shatter Me feeling frustrated and angry and here's a short(ish) list why.

#1 This

i did not get all of this. At the beginning of the book I understood that it was a sign of some sort of insanity or confusion from all the isolation and loneliness, but by the end of the book she was surrounded by people and no longer insane, lonely, isolated or confused so therefore I felt that there was no need for it to continue, yet there it was.... another unnecessarily crossed out word. why would you do that?

#2 Juliette

The whole entire book is about how she thinks she is such a monster, but really she is so perfect and kind and innocent and smart and every single other positive adjective out there. UGH!

#3 The Love Interest(s)

Of course to make it even worse there had to be a love triangle plus another few characters who were in love with Juliette. For any real love triangle there has to be the nice boy from the past and the annoying (and usually jerkish) boy that suddenly appears out of thin air (and in this case wants to use Juliette as a weapon). You'd think the choice would be blindingly obvious, but nope for Juliette this is so difficult that she must have both. She then spends half of the book being confused and conflicted about who she really "loves".

#4 The Writing

There is good writing and there is bad writing and then somewhere in between there is this. Some people liked all the purple prose, but I just found a little bit too much to bear. 
"Warner thinks Adam is a cardboard cutout of vanilla regurgitations."
"I blush through my bones."
"I gasp so loud I’ve swallowed the entire room in one breath."

I read this book some time ago and I've been putting off this review for a while so if there's anything you'd like to add or if you'd like to argue in Shatter Me's defence then feel free to comment!

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