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.