Monday, March 31, 2014

Audio Review: Shatter Me

Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Pages: 340
Format: Audio
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
Rating: 3 Cows

Goodreads Description:

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.

Having already read all three books in this series before writing this review, I can say that Shatter Me is my least favorite book in the series. After finishing Shatter Me, I almost decided to not continue the series but in the end I felt that the story was compelling enough for me to continue. Plus, I hate not finishing a series.

Shatter Me is written very different from other books I have read. There's a lot of imagery. However, the most different thing is the strike throughs. There are a lot of them. It is kind of like reading Juilette's journal. It's a stream of conciousness writing and every time Juilette thinks something that she wishes she didn't she marks it out. Since I listened to the audio I'm not sure how I would feel about reading a book with half of it marked through. I can say that it did get on my nerves in the audio version. Every time there was something that would have been marked out in the book they made a noise in the audio. It was either like chalk on a chalkboard or a pencil marking something out very loudly (I can't remember which it was in this book). The writing style took some getting use to but after I did I enjoyed it. 

I really liked Adam in Shatter Me. He was protective, strong and kind. He was simply put a good guy. He helped Juilette and it was obvious he cared for her. Juilette did get on my nerves in this book. I found her to be a weak character that was immensely pessimistic. I understand that she had a very difficult life but her attitude was depressing. I hated, HATED, HATED Warner. He was evil and insane. I couldn't understand why anyone would be Team Warner. (However, I did find out later!) 

The plot for Shatter Me was really interesting. It a dystopian story with supernatural elements. At first, I couldn't figure out how the supernatural elements were going to play into the dystopian story and wasn't sure if it was going to fit but somehow Mafi makes it work. 

The main problems I had with Shatter Me were the strike throughs and Juilette. The intersting plot it what really made me decide to continue the series. I felt there was enough of a story for me to want to continue and I am so happy that I decided to continue it!


  1. The interesting plot was the only thing that made me continue on to the next book, and because I hate not finishing a series when I'm 2/3 through, I will be reading the last one. I struggle with the writing style. It's just too much for me. I also HATED Warner in Shatter Me and I assumed anyone who was Team Warner had bumped their head pretty hard. I can see it now sort of after the second book. I hated even thought how they would handle the strike throughs in an audio book version...

    1. I really enjoyed Ignite Me. I think it's one of those books you either love or hate. I hope you love it! :)

  2. Thank you. Thank you for expressing exactly how I felt about Warner. After finishing the series, there was nothing the author could've done to change my mind about him. Ignite Me is shelved under ALLEGIANT among my GR shelves. It's also known as my TRAITORS shelf.

    1. I'm afraid that you won't like my reviews for Unravel Me and Ignite Me because my feelings for Warner did change. I still thought he was a little insane but not evil. I actually kind of loved the way the series ended.


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