Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi Review

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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 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.” (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Release Date: 2nd October, 2012

Pages: 340

Publisher: HarperCollins

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchase

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi was a book that I bought when Bookubers began raving about it a couple of years ago.For a really long time it has been sitting on my bookcase waiting to be read. I finally got to sit down and read Shatter Me recently and I was eager to see what all the fuss was about. The hype surrounding the book certainly didn’t ruin the book for me but I was ultimately left feeling very disappointed.

This book has been billed as a dystopian when it really shouldn’t have been. Shatter Me is a romance novel with a dystopian setting. I was in the mood for a really good dystopian story and I did not get that with Shatter Me. I found Shatter Me to be bogged down with a cringeworthy romance that I just didn’t care about. I should be in the Guinness World Records for the amount of times a person has rolled their eyes while reading.

I also found it difficult to care about the characters. There was nothing about Juliette, the main character, that made her stand out from all of the other YA female characters out there. I had the same problem with Juliette’s love interest, Adam. There was nothing unique about him as a love interest and he blends in with all the other YA male love interests that I’ve read about. And then there is Warner, the villain. Absolutely nothing about him had me quaking in my boots. Honestly, he has to be one of the worst villains I’ve ever read about.

I hate giving books a one star rating and I even find giving two star ratings difficult. All I can think about is the amount of effort every author puts in to creating their novel.  The writing was the best part of Shatter Me and is the reason I gave this book two out of five stars rather than one star. I’m aware that some readers found the writing to be nothing but purple prose and that style of writing doesn’t really bother me. I enjoyed the way the book was written and the crossed out sentences didn’t annoy me like it has with some readers. I have to admit, though, that the amount of metaphors used in Shatter Me did get ridiculous after a while.

Shatter Me might be the book for you if you’re someone who enjoys romance novels. I have to say, however, that if you edited the romance out of the novel you would be left with a story that really isn’t worth reading. I found it to be unoriginal and uneventful, with only Tahereh Mafi’s writing saving the day. I had good feelings about Shatter Me before I started reading it but now that I’ve finished the book I think I’ll be passing on the rest of the trilogy.

2/5 stars

 – Liz


4 thoughts on “Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi Review

  1. I totally agree with you! I definitely feel like Mafi could’ve built on the world she’d created a lot more, rather than just focussing on the romance.

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