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Review: SHATTER ME // awesome plot + novella

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Title: Shatter Me
Series: Shatter Me book #1
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Page count: 338
Date published: 2 October 2012
Genre: Young Adult Urban fantasy & dystopian

Rating: (4 out of 5 stars)
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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 colour. 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.

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Shatter Me has been on my radar for a while but since it’s dystopian I wasn’t too inclined to pick it up. Then Restore Me was going around and the reviews just made me NEED to pick it up, so that’s just what I did. I really enjoyed the writing, even though it took a while to get into. But the only thing that kept me reading was that I wanted to know what was going to happen. The characters weren’t amazing although I really like them individually if that makes any sense.
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This book is really short. I read the e-book because the physical books would only be available to order and I have no patience for waiting *nervous smile*, anyway it made the book seem even shorter. I flew through this book. Taherah’s writing is so unique. I hear most people saying that it’s poetic, but I have no idea what that means, so I’ll just say it’s different. Lots of text is crossed out like this, which means so many things in my opinion. It made me think maybe this book is like Juliette’s diary. Another aspect I noticed was that many of the phrases were repeated, which could be irritating sometimes but also interesting.
As I said, I enjoyed each of the characters individually. I find them very unique. The relationships together are a little meh actually. Anyways let’s start with Adam. He’s very loyal and trustworthy and you can tell he protects what he loves. I don’t like the insta-love. I guess it wasn’t insta-love but “love too fast“. Apart from that, I really enjoyed him. I loved James. He’s such a precious baby with a pure heart. Okay, so Kenji. He’s a bit annoying but I don’t hate him. He adds the comical relief which I like.
Why everyone says Juliette is annoying and whiny I don’t know. I think she’s a great protagonist. She is kind of stuck in her head and can be a little annoying but I understand it. I do have one question: you trust Adam with your life but are determined to not listen to Warner at all? Juliette is WAY too obsessed with him. Like dude, you may die in a few minutes yet there’s time for romance? Um no.
The book had suspense, but I feel it didn’t really have that one chapter that made you want to eat it up if you know what I’m saying? Maybe the escape scene but that wasn’t enough. It lacked that one scene. It may be just because I read it so quickly that I didn’t pick up on one. I LOVED THE TWIST AT THE END. I really didn’t see it coming even though the though crossed my mind a few times.
I’ve left Warner for last just because there is SO MUCH TO SAY! I can tell he’s going to be a favourite character. He’s a tough nut with a soft gooey centre that I need to find. He’s a villain that should stop being horrible but you know there’ll be redeeming qualities yet I can’t tell what that’ll be. I wouldn’t say I love him just yet but I know I will. I don’t get his obsession with Juliette. I get he likes her but maybe just a little over the top? AHHH JUST SUCH A WELL-WRITTEN CHARACTER.
I must now binge the rest of these books!
[Disclaimer: This’ll be brief because it’s a very short “book” but I must speak about it]
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Title: Destroy Me
Series: Shatter Me book #1.5
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Page count: 109
Date published: 2 October 2012
Genre: Young Adult Urban fantasy & dystopian

Rating: (5 out of 5 stars)
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Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

NOW I REALLY LOVE WARNER!! If you haven’t read this then I recommend you do. You understand him on another level. Warner is a precious softie that needs to be protected and take his walls away. Just use your words, sweetie! I’d like to see him interact with Juliette and Adam with his guard down. It’s gonna be good.

I’m off to read Unravel Me now. BYEEEEE



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