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Shatter Me (Shatter Me, 1) (original 2011; edition 2018)
by Tahereh Mafi (Author)
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (2011)
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I hereby charge this book with multiple counts of excessively yearny writing.
Exhibit A: “The possibility of losing him is 100 years of solitude I don’t want to imagine. I don’t want my arms to be devoid of his warmth. His touch. His lips, God his lips, his mouth on my neck, his body wrapped around mine, holding me together as if to affirm that my existence on this earth is not for nothing.
Exhibit B: “...I’m licked by a million flames of wanting so desperate I can hardly inhale. He’s a hot bath, a short breath, 5 days of summer pressed into 5 fingers writing stories on my body. I’m an embarrassment of nerves crashing into him, controlled by one current of electricity coursing through my core. His scent is assaulting my senses.”
I can tell you that there is a lot more being assaulted than her senses.
Ladies and gentleman of the jury, I maintain that whilst an excellent premise, this wanton overuse of cheesy writing leaves us in no doubt of this book warranting these charges. I think my case will be strengthened by the fact that Exhibit A and Exhibit B are within a couple of pages of each other. Need I say more people.
I rest my case.
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen of the jury. I’m here to plead for a lenient sentence in what we can all acknowledge is a gross breach of the Anti Yearny Writing Bill. However, I think that there are enough positives in this book to warrant a lighter sentence. The futuristic world, whilst scant on detail, is very intriguing. For goodness sake members of the jury there are people with cool super powers! Please take these into consideration when making your final judgement.
We the jury find the book guilty but given the positive aspects we sentence it to 2 Stars.
Odd pacing, not bad but a little whiplash-y. Could’ve stood to be a little bit longer so that that pacing issue wouldn’t be so noticeable, but it’s fine. Not the biggest fan of Juliette or Adam or their romance so far, which is just a matter of personal taste. (Why are they so horny???) Got much better when Kenji showed up, he’s funny.
Now, onto seeing through the rest of the series in 2023! 5 (?) left to go. Happy New Years!
I have such a hard time trying to think about rating this one, and I think a lot of it comes down to the formatting of *how* I was reading it but I can't remove one from the other. I read Shatter Me on the Epic Reads website while it was free for 60 hours. I'm so torn up and disjointed on my thoughts about this book, which I think come from having to sit in front of my laptop and read it the whole time, with really wide white margins and background colors and things that were not my Kindle.
This book is. Wow. How do I ever.
There is prose in this book that is straight out of poetry and my heart eats that right up.
The writing and narration and the POV are very specific and very sparse from the very beginning. We are in her mind like she is in the cell. It's all bare walls. All the naked thoughts, emotions, reactions, lack of reactions. The strike through's, which do take a little while to get used to, are amazingly bold and another part of the character. Of how repressed she's been, by the world and, especially, by herself.
The love story is convenient, and I have to admit I'm more interested in The Regiment, Omega Force, Warner, Kenji and the twist conclussions than I am at all in Adam. But he does his YA novel boy job. I really want to rate this a 3, more than a 4, when I talk about the story itself though. About how little we know of the world through the main characters eyes, and how little I even know what rooms look like and people look like and what this bright brand new world she's in is like.
It made sense in the cell, but once she was remove it was this glass wall I was pounding on for more.
So, 3 stars for the story and love interest. 4 stars for the fact there was poetry in my book EVERYWHERE.
my favourite in the series
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Shatter Me (1)
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Shatter Me Complete Collection: Shatter Me, Destroy Me, Unravel Me, Fracture Me, Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
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Ostracized or incarcerated her whole life, seventeen-year-old Juliette is freed on the condition that she use her horrific abilities in support of The Reestablishment, a post-apocalyptic dictatorship, but Adam, the only person ever to show her affection, offers hope of a better future.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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I love Juliette and Warner, and even in this book Adam.
I'm still team Warnette though.
The book is so well written, descriptive, engaging, that every time I read it I can't put it down.
I love your book, Tahereh Mafi!!! ( )