“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.”
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publication: November 15th 2011 by Harper
Rating – 4/5
I finally decided to pick up this series after it has been sitting on my TBR list for such a long time and I am so glad I did. I have been trying to get out of a reading slump but none of the other books I choose ever made an impact. Since there was a lot of buzz around this series, I decided to give this one a try.
Shatter Me is about a girl named Juliette who’s touch is fatal, meaning that it can literally pull the life out of anyone who touches her skin. After being tossed from one clinic/research facility to the next for at least 3 years, she finally is placed in a mental asylum since people thought she was abnormal. People had always feared and loathed Juliette because of her strange abilities, including her own parents who wanted nothing to do with her. It is during this time when she starts to understand the truth about the world around her and a tarrying threat of the new order, The Reestablishment, has for the world.
The first point I have to make about this novel is the gorgeous writing style of Tahereh Mafi. The writing is just so unique and so poetic but it doesn’t ever slow down the pace of the book. Mafi does a great job in describing Juliette’s isolation and desperation to be loved and wanted through lines like, “for 17 years, [its] nearly impossible to beat gravity when no one is willing to give you a hand. When no one wants to risk touching you.” JUST GORGEOUS. OMG
Juliette – Shy, Fearful, insecure about her powers; In the beginning of the series, Juliette truly is a shattered character who had gone through so much in her life that she is so fragile and fearful of the world. However, she undergoes tremendous character growth throughout the series. The Juliette we see in book 3 is not the same Juliette we meet in book 1 and it great to see her grow bolder and stronger as a character.
Adam – Strong, Protective; Adam does help Juliette initially through her time in the asylum and their relationship is what sparks the start of this story. He can see that Juliette is quite scared and shy and he tries to do everything in his power to save her.
Warner – Typical Bad Boy with a hidden past; Warner is an interesting character. He does do insane things within the first novel but I have to be careful what I say to avoid spoilers. It’s interesting how Tehereh Mafi narrates his character throughout the three books, especially in Ignite Me. Seriously though, it made me go through a whole wide range of emotions like:
Kenji – Loyal, Hilarious, Strong; I absolutely loved Kenji. This is the type of character who typically adds a bit of laughter here and there in a serious book but can also provide some deep insight from time to time as well. I really loved him in the second book when he talks with Juliette and giving her some needed advice as a good friend should do. I would really like to have a novella about his story since he was my favorite in this novel.
I read this series during one of the most difficult times in my life as with the Maze Runner and it really did unveil a lot of deep insight about the reality of our world. It was just the whole concept of acceptance. No matter how much of a bad situation we may be facing, it may not be worst condition ever when compared to someone else. People go through obstacles and bad situations everyday. We are just a part of it. Another aspect was the acceptance of not just the world, but also ourselves. People generally don’t know their own capability and underestimate the strength that he or she may have.
In conclusion, I have to say that this book is more romance driven which is something out of my comfort zone but I did thoroughly enjoy it due to the writing style and character development. There was a war/resistance backdrop but it never really interested me as most action novels do. I just wished that it was more well-developed. Other than that, I really enjoyed this book. The romance here is very intense, more than any other YA novels I have read but I think mostly it has to do with her writing style. The chemistry just flies of the page! I think I finished the series within two days since it was quite addicting. I would definitely recommend it if you enjoy reading romance/dystopian novels!
Have you all read the Shatter Me series?