Review | Shatter Me

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Title: Shatter Me
Series Details: Shatter Me #1
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Harper
Release Date: October 02, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Pages: 338

Blurb from Goodreads:

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.

My Thoughts-01

Me before reading this book: Ooh such gorgeous cover, such an intriguing blurb, and an engaging excerpt! This is going to be great! I’m buying this. Actually, I’m buying the three books from this series!

Me while reading this book: Guys, can we stop with the kissing and start with the actual story? Where is the effing plot? I need something to happen. And soon.

Me after reading this book: Well, fuck. I just wasted my money on three books!

I’ll be honest. This was bad awful. Everything is a terrible mess from the writing to the characters to the plot. It was horribly executed. So yeah, I had a problem with a lot of things in this book I hate pretty much everything in this book.

First, where is the effing plot? Aside from the kissing and the blushing, what else happened? None really. Juliette was in an asylum. Warner sent people to take Juliette out of the asylum. Juliette escaped from Warner. Juliette joined a group of people who, like her, has strange abilities—and who also sounds like a pathetic version of X-Men, honestly. And that’s about everything there is in this book. The rest were just Juliette’s metaphoric descriptions of everything—Adam’s eyes, her blushing cheeks, her beating heart, the effing rain…

Second, the writing. It’s overwrought. “Excessive use of metaphors” is an understatement. Man, the whole book is in metaphor! It’s like reading an awfully long poem that does nothing but make my head hurt. Admittedly, I am not a big fan of flowery prose but usually I have high tolerance for it. But this one I can’t endure. A few methaphors and similes within each chapter would have been fine with me. Not whole endless pages of it. Why would you even do that? Maybe the purpose was to make the book sound unique but it just didn’t work.

Juliette’s crossed-out thoughts were pretty interesting at first. I even liked it. But again, it was a trick used too frequently throughout the book. After a while, it got a bit tiring. The saddest part of this book wasn’t even in seeing the characters suffer—it’s in seeing one whole page of nothing but the words I’m not insane written over and over and then crossed-out. It’s a complete waste of page!

The metaphors and strike-throughs were draining. Juliette’s deliberate repitition of words was another story—it was really really really annoying! I don’t understand why it has to be like that. It wasn’t even helping the story a bit. I’m beginning to think that this might be just a way of reaching the required word count.

Third, the almost non-existent worldbuilding. The world is dying, plants and animals are dying, food is scarce, the weather is always turbulent. And a group of people are trying to form a new government to take control of the world. This is all typical dystopian premise. Only that there wasn’t any further details and explanations as to why these things were happening, when it started happening, how it’s happening.

Fourth, the underdeveloped characters. They couldn’t be any flatter. Adam was just there so Juliette has someone to fantasize on. Juliette was a lousy version of Rogue from X-Men. She haven’t even done much except be there and sulk because someone she doesn’t like is giving her food and clothes. Then she fantasizes non-stop about Adam to the point that it’s creepy. Warner was the only character here that I’m intrigued about. I can see his purpose and he’s not afraid of going into extremes to get there. He’s dangerous, cold, cruel, worthy of your hate. And then he suddenly turned so cheesy! Like, he just suddenly decided that he loved Juliette—because every guy in this book has to be smitten with her beauty.

Fifth, the exaggerated romance. I would have let the instalove pass. What I couldn’t ignore is Juliette’s and Adams’ obsession with each other. Fine, they’re teenagers, and they’re young, and they love kissing, just like everyone else. But when a bunch of armed and highly trained men were after you, surely you don’t pause to kiss. When you have a bullet wound, broken ribs, sprained ankle, bloody wrists, surely the first thing that comes to your mind is not to ask someone to kiss you! You have no idea how frustrating that scene was. This book has marred my absolute love for kissing scenes.

You know, The Spice Girls were right. Too much of something is bad enough. Well, this book has too much of a lot lot lot of things. So just imagine how bad this was for me. I might still continue reading this series though. Because, one, my sister swears it gets better and practically asked me to please give it a chance. Two, I already have physical copies of the next installments anyway. Three—and I hate myself a little for this—I couldn’t leave a series unfinished! This book is for those who are not easily bothered by the things I’ve mentioned above. But for those who have similar taste as me when it comes to books, I suggest you stay away from this.

 

One Star Rating-01

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