As the world outside dies Juliette sits locked in a cell. Her disease kills and no one dares to touch her. She is a monster, she is cursed, she is power.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is an immensely popular 2011 novel that everyone’s read but myself. In the height of the dystopian craze this trilogy was all the rage but as I was late to the reading game I’m still behind on many popular young adult books. Now although this trilogy is extremely popular it has its haters, and honestly, I can see why.
If I was to read Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi back in my high school days it would have been a fast favourite of mine along with Fallen and all those trashy paranormal books. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy it because I did, but did I love it? Not as much. When I first started reading it I ended up putting it down but after picking it back up a month later I flew through it in about a day. The first 100 pages are rather slow but after that, we really start to get into the middle of the action.
Tahereh Mafi’s writing is something often commented on. She has a unique and metaphoric style of writing that brings you deeply inside Juliette’s mind. I love it and appreciate it, but a whole novel of it? It’s a bit too much. I found myself skipping over whole paragraphs of writing without missing anything. One line of needed words stretched into 5 and I found the multiple descriptive sentences a little over done. Every chapter has multiple paragraphs that could have been cut without affecting any of the story at all.
As much as there’s action and mystery this books main drive is love. Despite any other angle, every page of this book drips in sticky love. I’m not going to lie, it’s a little much. As I said high school me would have eaten it up. But now me? I’m a lot less interested. I really would have preferred more information on the world, the reestablishment, Juliette’s gift. But every second page was love, touching or thoughts about love or touching. I found the romance rushed, and I’m sorry but the little back story wasn’t enough justification for that.
Now let’s talk about Juliette, I understand her. She’s been tormented, tortured, hated her whole life. She’s scared of herself and what she can do but I found her to be kind of childish. I mean she is very young and has been repressed from civilization for years but her conflicting thoughts and whinging is very suffocating. But she’s tolerable as a main character, but is that what you’re really after tolerable?
I have a lot of critiques I know. But I did enjoy Shatter Me and I do plan on finishing the trilogy. It has its problems but it’s one of those stories you just read anyway. If you’re looking for an easy read drowning in cliché romance that will remind you of your high school days than Shatter Me is perfect for you.