Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Shatter Me
by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #1
Published by HarperCollins
on November 15th, 2011
Genres: Dystopian, YA
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No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever.


Why did it take me so long to pick up this book?! WHY???! I want to blame it on my fear of hype but that can’t be it. I mean, people I trust told me to read this one and I still hesitated! Luckily Shatter Me was picked via my “What Should I Read Next Poll” by you lovely folks and I can not thank you enough. This story… GUYS! This story was AH-MAZING! The plot, the writing, the characters! They all blinded to make a story that I devoured in one day, and I’m proud to say I can’t wait to get my hands on Unravel Me.

When I first opened Shatter Me and saw all the strikethroughs I was immediately turned off. All I could think was, who wants to read through all that messy stuff? But my thoughts quickly turned from annoyance to admiration. Mafi has taken something that should have made me want to kill it with fire and turned it into something so beautiful I actually sighed. And not that “I’m impatient hurry up sigh”, that “oh my gosh you’re so dreamy” sigh. She has such a gift with words that I often found myself rereading entire pages just so I could experience a certain part again. Each page was a new adventure into her writing style. A style that was beautiful and unique in every way possible. A style that I really can not get enough of and that I am still reminiscing about right this second.

But what would these pretty words be without dynamic characters to showcase them?! I was blown away by Mafi’s writing but her character blew me away. I loved watching Juliette grow and show her loyalty, humanity and compassion. Even when everything was against her this girl did everything in her power to show that just because some had chose to abandon their civility and humanity, she didn’t! She was an absolutely gem to met and I’m both nervous and eager to witness her continued growth and development in the books that follow. Adam is still a bit of a mystery to me, and for once that’s a good thing to say when finishing a book. It means that in the books to come I’ll get to see those walls crumble and be a witness to his growth. He may not be your typical swoon worthy book character but he had me all hot around the collar thanks to his loyalty, survival skill and genuine concern for Juliette. In a book where so many people show that they have happy emotions, it was refreshing to see that Adam was not one of them. Which leave Warner. I will keep my thoughts on him simple, since thinking about his psychotic obsession both disturbs and annoys me. When I was first introduced to Warner I wanted to do pretty much exactly this:

Kick You

 

All this time people have been screaming Team Warner at me and I finally met him and he is a obsessive, psychotic, delusional, possessive douchebag! And please stop with the “in Unravel Me it’s all explained and you’ll see!” bullcrap. He is a jack ass. A mental jackass that has so many issues even Dr. Phil wouldn’t be able to help him! I really don’t see how you guys can ignore his behavior, let alone JUSTIFY it. Ugh! I’m getting upset. Let’s move on.

The last piece of the recipe for this awesome pie was the plot. So gripping! You would get one answer and the 3 more questions would pop up. I LOVED it! It kept me on my toes and made me questions everything. I especially appreciate how Mafi set the pace. Even though I wanted to devour the story whole I also wanted to savor it. I wanted it to end quickly but last forever, and if that doesn’t make sense to you I suggest you pick up Shatter Me to find out!

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16 thoughts on “Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi”

  1. I’m glad that you enjoyed this! The writing definitely took me some time to get used to (I’m kind of a grammar nerd so all the weird sentences freaked me out at first.) But once I got the style of it, I started really appreciating its uniqueness. I was also totally Team Adam at the end of Shatter Me, but after reading the novella and Unravel Me, Warner is so much better. You have to read Destroy Me! It’s really necessary, trust me. I know it’s hard to believe, but a lot of the bad things he did are explained. Anyways, I look forward to your thoughts on the sequel no matter whose team you’re on. 😉
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  2. Oooh you did post your review fast 🙂 I have mine scheduled for a bit later, but yay I’m so glad to have read this along with you 🙂
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  3. YAY! I voted for you to read Shatter Me and I’m so glad to hear you loved it!
    I adore Tahereh Mafi’s writing style and the way she truly draws you into the stories and the characters!

    I have to say, I hated Warren on Shatter Me, but then I read Destroy Me and Unravel Me… and I’m not so sure about anything anymore! So excited for Fracture Me and Ignite Me!!
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  4. EVERYONE keeps saying that! I just can’t see it! He is such a sick little man! But, I will definitely find out. I’m too in love with the story not to. 🙂

  5. Yayyyyy, I’m so glad you liked this one!! It’s one of my favorite series right now.

    I’ll be REALLY interested to hear your thoughts on Warner after you read Destroy Me. I was right there with you after Shatter Me — SO confused why there was even the IDEA of a Team Warner — were people INSANE??? But a lot of his actions are explained in greater detail in Destroy Me, and things are nowhere near as black and white as they appear in Shatter Me. I’d never gone through such a 180 in my opinion of a character, but that novella… THAT NOVELLA, MAN. Insane.
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  6. I actually just posted my review for SHATTER ME yesterday too! I know I already mentioned this on twitter (I’m @silhouettesumrs *waves hi*) but you really do need to go get UNRAVEL ME. Like right now. I wasn’t a fan of the strikethroughs but I absolutely adored Mafi’s poetic nature to her writing. I loved the way in which she described something simple like the rain. I had to go back and read passages to just bask in the wonderful-ness. I’m so glad you loved this. I can’t wait to see what you think of UNRAVEL ME! And how you feel about Warner by the end of the book (:
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  7. YAYYYY I adore this series, and I am glad that you love it 😀 I am definitely with you on your thoughts on Juliette– she was definitely the epitome of heroine in my eyes! And Kenji was THE best <3 Also, I think I wanted to strangle Warner every time he said something in this book, but after reading Destroy Me and Unravel Me, I just knew that he wasn't exactly the real villain here. Read both, I'm sure you'll love them both 😀 And great review Octavia!!
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  8. Thanks! And I can see why it’s such a favorite! I’m honestly really excited to grab the rest of the books and see what could possible make me change my thoughts about Warner. 😉

  9. Hahaha, love the GIF!! It too me ages to pick up Shatter me too and I felt like kicking myself for doubting this book. So impatient for Ignite me.

  10. I’m so so so glad you loved the book, Octavia! And like you, I felt uncanny about the strike throughs at first but I loved it eventually! I’m totally weird but I was already Team Warner during the first book! But only because I kept imagining him as Hunter Parrish and I kept swooning at the thought. But then I read Destroy Me and Unravel Me and HE BLEW MY MIND AWAY. You gotta read the next books! I’m praying you change your mind wen you read Chapter 62. 😉
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