Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi has a lot of buzz surrounding its release next week. The writing style and plot both make it a very intriguing and original debut. Unfortunately, it ultimately fell short for me despite the fact that I plan on reading the next book in the series. Intrigued? Read on.

You guys, I feel like I’m missing something here. So many people are raving about the writing style! In my opinion, it was just a little overboard. Yes, it was certainly original and I have a lot of respect for Tahereh Mafi for taking such a big risk. It just didn’t work for me. I didn’t get any deeper meaning out of it; I actually found  that it diluted the story. I’ve never been a fan of choppy narratives and poetry though, which I think are both elements of the style – maybe that has something to do with it.

The characters grew on me by the end of the story, but I never really felt an emotional connection to their plight. When the story opens, Juliette is in prison for murder. She has a fatal touch and has no idea why or where it originates from. It should have been easy to connect with her and want her to get free –  but it didn’t hit with me. Ditto with Adam – never felt like I understood his character. I didn’t trust him, didn’t much like him and didn’t feel any chemistry between him and Juliette. There was even a sexy shower scene! Still – nothing. When a sexy shower scene fails for me chemistry-wise, it is basically time to throw in the towel I think.

So, all that being said – the end of the book? Major game changer, y’all. The end finally brought a plot I could appreciate (more along the lines of Enclave & Divergent). I also liked the characters a lot more in relation to the surroundings they found themselves in at the close of the story. Ironic that Shatter Me hooked me at the very. freaking. end. Right?

So, despite the fact that Shatter Me mostly didn’t work for me, I will most certainly be reading the sequel! I’m really hoping that it will have the characters continuing to evolve so that I can connect with them more. I’m also looking forward to seeing how the new setting will play out.

If you’re a dystopian/fantasy fan, this is probably a book you’ll be wanting to pick up. Maybe, if your expectations aren’t quite as high as mine were, you won’t be quite so disappointed.

Check out Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi on Goodreads / Amazon

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  • We Fancy Books Blog November 9, 2011, 7:22 am

    I’ve read and reviewed this book and it’s totally awesomeee! Totally worth the wait 🙂

    Awesome pick!
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  • Julie@my5monkeys November 9, 2011, 8:28 am

    Those were some of my thoughts too. I loved the ending but the I don’t get what the hype is 🙂 I also started rooting for warner over Adam because He had issues and wanted to know more about the bad guy.

    Yeah I am not the only thinking this way.
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  • Christa @ Hooked on Books November 9, 2011, 11:43 am

    That’s too bad it didn’t live up to your expectations. But I do agree that the ending was awesome! Can’t wait to see what happens next!
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  • Evie November 9, 2011, 12:20 pm

    I found the writing style absolutely fabulous. It was original, expressive, intense! Maybe I was in the mood for a read like that, or maybe I’m just a sucker for unique, artsy narrative voices, but to me the writing was actually the best part of this book!
    I liked the plot and the characters, but without the original writing style I would probably quickly forget about this book.

    Looking forward to reading the sequel 🙂
    Thanks for an honest and thorough review!
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  • Rida (Raindrop Reflections) November 9, 2011, 12:47 pm

    I see what you mean about the text diluting the story- I haven’t read Shatter Me yet (but I’m DYING to) and I can see that being a problem for some people. But Tahereh Mafi took a risk, so I definitely respect her for that.

    I just hope I end up liking all that prose.
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  • Steph November 9, 2011, 3:16 pm

    Ha, I felt the opposite about the ending. Juliette’s power is similar enough to Rogue’s, but the conclusion was TOO X-Menish for me. Still, I did love this book and I’m curious to see how Tahereh pulls it all together in the next one!
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  • Holly November 10, 2011, 12:04 am

    I totally understand what you’re saying about the writing style. Sometimes its a little over the top and pulls you out of the story. I’m loving it so far though (half way in). I really appreciate the originality and the risk that she took to write the story that way. I’ll admit I’m a sucker for lyrical/poetic writing when it’s done in a unique way.

    Now you have me super curious about the ending though! *hmm* Maybe I can finish this tonight…

  • Ashley B November 17, 2011, 11:32 pm

    Ooh, interesting! I’ve heard a lot of LOOOVVVVEEE for this book, but more than just your lukewarmishness. I’m super interested in reading this one, and definitely want to grab a copy soon, but hopefully, by not expecting it to blow my face off, I won’t be as disappointed… 🙂
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