Author: Tahereh Mafi
Title: Shatter Me
Series: Shatter Me #1
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
Publishing Date: January 1, 2011
Source: Borrowed at the library
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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. (source: Goodreads)
Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I don’t like Young Adult novels. I don’t think that’s the case, but I’m starting to believe so, because I seem to dislike almost every popular YA book there is… Can anyone explain it to me? Because I do not understand why the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi is so special. I could read through this book rather quickly, but I didn’t enjoy it.
First of all: Mafi’s use of language bothered me. In fact, it annoyed me. She doesn’t finish her sentences; most of the time she strikes through sentences. I don’t understand why. This use of language wasn’t my cup of tea. Maybe it’s the fact that I read a translation, but I’m quite sure this is also the case with the original. Can ayone clear this up for me?
Also, did anyone notice this book consists for the most part of sex scenes (or almost-sex scenes)? I felt like if you leave out those scenes there would be nothing left of the actual story. While I do understand sex is an important part of life and that it should play a role in these kind of stories I thought it was overdone. Sex wasn’t the most important part of the story, but Mafi made it seem so by putting so many of it into the story.
Don’t get me wrong: I think Shatter Me had the potential of becoming a great story. The world Mafi described seemed interesting to me and I would have loved to know more about it, but I think the focus of the story should be on that world and on the plot rather than on the individual characters and their romantic relationship, because that’s less relevant.
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