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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me: #1

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My Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

What if you spent your whole life not being able to touch someone because you are a threat. Your touch could touch them, and you were thrown into an asylum to keep people away from you. That same touch that can kill, someone wants her for her for that same power. To torture and to kill for his gain.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is a dystopian that is set in a fallen apart world where food is scarce, and freedoms is taken away. This is another book community favorite that I had to give it a try.

Juliette is locked away from people because of her being able to kill people with a mere touch. You see her writing in a journal telling herself that she isn’t crazy and that it is probably for the best that she is locked away from people. Or more, keep people away from her.

Then one day, another person was thrown in the cell with her. A person from her past. From then on, her path going forward wasn’t the same.

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So let me say first that Shatter Me wasn’t a terrible book. Just a book that isn’t my cup of tea. There were things in this book that weren’t the greatest in my eyes but I also can see that this isn’t a bad book as well. 

I would say I liked the beginning of this book. I felt like you understood why she is as a character because of the trauma she lived through as a kid. Her struggle to remain sane in the cell and her reaction to Adam when he was put in there with her.

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If you are listening to the audio of this book, if you keep hearing a whoosh. That is Juliette slashing out words in her journal. It confused me for a second until I saw other reviewers commenting on the consistent slashing out of words.

The metaphors in Shatter Me are the real kicker in this book. You either like it or you don’t. For me, I didn’t. It came across dramatic and if I wasn’t listening on Audio I would annotate the book just to re-read the crazy things that Juliette thinks.

Now, would you say that was a classic insta love story or insta lust with our guy Adam? Yes, I know they have a history. But Julette, I never read a main character who was so obsessed with a person and touching them. Yeah, I get it. You could never touch anyone before and you have been locked up for some time. But you are like a hormonal teenager who is infatuated with someone you just met. 

The ending of Shatter Me felt like a Fantastic 4 meets Incredibles building the team together. She even gets a tight super suit with gloves and boots that the guys are oogly over her body. Lol 

Like I said, it wasn’t terrible. I might continue the series because the rumor is that the series will get better. Will it though, not sure but book two might be a risk.

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