Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Dystopian
My Rating: 2.5 stars
Totally underwhelming; it felt like things were dragged out and that this book served as an intro to the real story. We didn’t really get much in the way of plot, and what advancement we did get was spaced out way too much.
The purple prose and generally overdone writing was enjoyable at times and annoying at others. When some of the sayings and metaphors didn’t make any sense, or were repeated too many times and overused, it definitely started to get on my nerves. There were two sides to this though; the writing would sometimes click and you’d be given a beautiful sentence or paragraph to appreciate. Also, it did get a bit better as the book went on and as Juliette came out of her shell- the flowery writing became much less frequent. Then there was the obsession and instalove between Juliette and Adam. (Okay fine, maybe not instalove if you argue **spoiler> that they knew each other in the past, but they never talked so .. love? I don’t buy it. Having them say ‘I love you’ after such a short time didn’t feel genuine. **end spoiler) I told myself that Juliette is troubled from isolation etc and that she’s never really had anyone, and that helps to explain away the obsession, but it doesn’t erase the pages of musing about Adam and loving Adam and oh how amazing it feels to kiss Adam.
“His arms are stronger than all the bones in my body. He pulls my swaddled figure close to his chest and I shatter. Two three four fifty thousand pieces of feeling stab me in the heart, melt into drops of warm honey that soothe the scars in my soul. The blanket is the only barrier between us and he pulls me closer, tighter, stronger, until I hear the beats humming deep within his chest and the steel of his arms around my body severs all ties to tension in my limbs.”
… You get the picture. There are literally paragraphs of this that you can skip. If these unnecessary bits were left out and the book shortened, and if we were given more plot towards the end, I think this would have been a much more enjoyable read.
The saving grace of this book was that we got a lot of context towards the end and were set up for what seems like an interesting concept. I also love Warner as a villain and how completely insane he is. It looks like a lot of characters will be joining the main storyline, so maybe we can get less in the way of Juliette and Adam romance in the next book, and more of the dystopian world we’ve only gotten promising glimpses of so far.