BOOK REVIEW – Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh MafiShatter Me (Shatter Me #1)
by Tahereh Mafi
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Synopsis:

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.

Review:

In all honesty, Shatter Me and I had a very rough start. I had an extremely hard time getting into this book and seriously considered DNFing it somewhere around 50%, but I’m so glad I stuck around for the second half! I don’t know what happened exactly, only that I went from being kinda disturbed and annoyed to utter excitement and giddiness in a matter of pages!

I’m not going to go into why I didn’t like the first half because I really don’t feel like talking about negative things, so I’ll focus on the positive ones!

And of all the positive things, the most important one is definitely my favorite bad boy Warner.
It’s probably not necessary to say that I absolutely love that guy! Warner’s the crazy psycho that frees Juliette from the asylum to use her as some kind of weapon and basically imprisons her again. Yeah, that guy. So, you might wonder now, why exactly did I like that guy? Well, he was extremely entertaining for starters. His never wavering confidence and his complete lack of regret and understanding for others amused me to no end.

“I’m not in denial-”
“Of course you are. You don’t know it yet, Juliette, but you are a very bad girl,” he says, clutching his heart. “Just my type.”

Warner has this special kind of personality that I can’t even quite describe, but his otherness drew me to him from the beginning. I just knew that there had to be more than just his villain ways about him. He was this mystery that I needed to solve and I couldn’t read enough about him.

Warner who misses absolutely nothing. Warner who absorbs every single detail.
Of course he knows.
But I’m shocked by the tenderness in his voice. The sincerity with which he wants to know. He’s like a feral dog, crazed and wild, thirsty for chaos, simultaneously aching for recognition and acceptance.
Love.

While I didn’t enjoy reading about other things, like Adam, Juliette and raindrops I always looked forward to seeing more of Warner. His obsession with Juliette which definitely would’ve concerned me in real life, only made me laugh. I don’t know what else to say, but I really had lots fun reading about him. He’s just so different. It was refreshing.

“You are not allowed to speak to the soldiers,” he said. “If you have questions, you can find me. I am the only person you need to concern yourself with while you’re here.”
Possessive is not a strong enough word for Warner.

Now another thing that I really enjoyed was the action that began in the second half. Think crazy escapes, shootings and new characters that made the whole thing even more fun. I actually started to like Juliette and Adam together at that point as well (see nonexistent section of negative things) which definitely added to my newfound excitement for the book. But I think James and especially Kenji – love that guy – contributed most.

“Holy shit.” He tries to laugh. “Dude, you’re insane-”
He laughs harder, flinches, wheezes a bit. “Dude, you ran off with the crazy chick! You ran off with the psycho girl!”

I know that almost everyone makes some kind of comment on the writing in their reviews – either completely loving it or not liking it at all – but I feel like I’m more in between when it comes to that. I have to admit that the writing was a big part of why I couldn’t enjoy the book in the beginning. I didn’t hate it or anything, but it confused me, actually disturbed me a bit sometimes (mostly Juliette’s weird, sort of random descriptions and comparisons and the excessive use of this) and I felt like it just distracted from the real story, the story that interested me, the story that I wanted to know more about. Now, I’ve already read the second book writing this review, so I’m a bit biased, but let’s just say I’m glad I stuck with this book. View Spoiler » And admittedly, there were beautiful parts, even in the beginning. This one is my favorite:

The sun is an arrogant thing, always leaving the world behind when it tires of us.
The moon is a loyal companion.
It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.
Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.

While I wasn’t a huge fan of Juliette’s, especially in the beginning (again, not going into details), she definitely had her moments, too. And those moments gave me hope that she would get stronger, that she would develop over the course of the next books, which also kept me reading. View Spoiler »

Something in my patience snaps. “I’d really rather die than eat your food and listen to you call me love.”

Why, Juliette, I’d listen to him calling me love all day long! Especially if food’s included.

I’m aware of the fact that I haven’t even really mentioned Adam so far, but honestly there’s not that much to say. In the beginning his and Juliette’s ‘relationship’ annoyed the hell out of me. But like I said I came to like them together. Like, not love. It was kinda cute, but honestly I wasn’t that interested in reading about them. Adam is just so.. vanilla. (Ha, see what I did there, Jen? )

Anyway, what I did love was the way the book ended! It made me want to read the second so much more and I actually went to a book store immediately to go look for it, which I really didn’t expect while reading the first half.

This book is definitely quite different and I dare anyone who hasn’t read it yet to check it out! And try to be patient with it. Who knows, you might end up loving this series, like me, even if you do have issues with it in the beginning!

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