CBR III Review #147: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Shatter Me follows Juliette a young women that hasn’t touched anyone in almost a year. The reason is because her touch is deadly. She accidentally killed a young boy and has been locked up ever since. The world that Juliette lives in is heavily polluted and resources are extremely limited. It’s a dystopian novel, but honestly I’m not sure why it’s a dystopian society. You are really never given a clear reason why the two sides are fighting and what caused all the pollution and destruction.
I really like the premise but that was about it. The writing was disjointed and weird. I felt like the description of the country and who was fighting and for what was never really described. Tahereh Mafi uses a technique where she keeps writing what the character is thinking about saying, then crossing it out. Some may really like it, but I found it distracting. If it had been used sparingly I may have enjoyed it more but after ever few sentences it becomes a little much. There were a few steamy scenes that I enjoyed, mostly because YA likes to tip toe around those scenes.
Near the ending of the novel it pretty much turns into a X-Men novel complete with costumes. If I wanted to have a X-Men universe I would have just re-watched the movies.
I was so disappointed with the writing and the set up of this series I don’t think I’ll be picking up the next one in the series.
- Reading level: Ages 14 and up
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (November 15, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062085484
- ISBN-13: 978-0062085481
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars