dystopia · paranormal · romance · teen

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I started this book with a basic understanding that it was going to be in the same genre as The Hunger Games and other dystopia type teen novels.  It was no surprise that the main character of this book is a dejected, and somewhat whiny teenager.  It felt as though every chapter was a repeat of the one before and one great big pity party.  Intro the young attractive male who starts off being standoff-ish but later turns into her protector and hero … and of course romantic interest.  A childhood bond is the only thing that makes the attachment believable.

I couldn’t help but think about Rogue (from the X-Men), when reading about the main character,
Juliette.  The obvious similarity that both of them drain life and cause pain when they touch people.  The difference between the two heroines is their strength of character and intelligence.  Rogue puts on some gloves and then moves on with her life (and becomes a total badass).  Juliette knows of her “gift” and still manages to touch people and hurt them … maybe there weren’t any gloves in her world before Warner introduced them? *sarcasm*

There were so many moments where I found myself skimming over the pages because they were filled with the white noise that was Juliette’s thoughts whenever she thought about Adam (and Warner); which was all the time.  I found the descriptiveness of her thoughts to be over the top odd and just too random for my liking.

A friend recommended this book because I had enjoyed The Hunger Games and The Twilight series (minus that last installment).  This one missed the mark.  I don’t think I’ll be reading the sequel novels.  I’m not even sure I would recommend it as one of those brainless beach reads … you definitely don’t have to use many brain cells to read the book but it did give me a headache at times and lacked the excitement and intrigue I was looking for. Promising plot … just not executed as well.

The book trailer also does nothing to grab my attention.  Yes, I realize it’s just to promote the book and it’s not supposed to be like a movie trailer.  It’s just like the book, only talks about Juliette and does very little to build the world in which she lives.

As always, my hat off to the author for the energy and time commitment it took to create the series … it’s just not for me.