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The cover is awesome which goes to prove don't judge a book by its cover. The counting of everything is annoying. The heroine counts her toes, her feelings, etc., etc. The writing is mostly flowery prose and very, very repetitive. I know some people like this reminiscence of poetry, but I am not a fan of it. I only made it about two and half hours at which point I gave up. This is just another forgettable story, with unlikable characters and plot lines that have been done before. The story might have gotten better with time, but I have far too many books in my library to waste time on something I'm not fond of. The narrator sounded like a shy little girl not a teenager, I personally didn't like it.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
This is why you do not write a review until you have finished the book. Had I written the review at the end of ten chapters, I would have given it five stars. It starts out with this girl in prison. A prison where there is only a small window about fist size. The only light is through that window. She is fed maybe once a day. She has been in prison for nine months and has not spoken to anyone in that time. It kind of reminded me a little of Room by Donoghue. The language or vocabulary is different then any I have heard in any book: See Examples. When the story started to go down hill, which is when she is let out of this jail for another jail, I stayed with it for the flavor of Mafi's words. After about a third of the book is over, the story seems rushed, gets very predictable and even the tasty language which had been about every other sentence stops, with the exception of the semi-love scenes. With the exception of one line in the whole book(See Examples), the love scenes are very middle school. The bad guy is laughable. The book ends with a copy of X-Men.
Examples of Mafi's savory language; My words use no parachutes as they fall out of my mouth. I've discovered I don't know how to breathe. The bed under my back. My eyes are fighting not to flutter. I am going to memorize every inch of your body with my lips. I die stupid in that second.
I wish I could have written these down as I drove, they come at you every other sentence in the first half of the book. If Mafi ever writes an adult novel or erotica, I most assuredly want to read it. This book went from five stars to two stars faster then a speeding bullet and I have no interest in the rest of the series.
The narrator sounds like a ten year old girl, the girl is seventeen.
Audiophile since the days I had to check 'em out on rickety cassette tapes at the local library. Currently working the other side of production as an author of romance and scifi/fantasy.
Oh, how to address this one?
Okay, let's start with the writing. And I'm not talking here about the mechanics of plot, characterizations, etc. I'm talking about lining up words like ants and making them work, work, work. In this way, the writing worked, worked, worked. Mafi uses words like Di Vinci used paint. It's utterly beautiful. She's a maestro of metaphors, a savant of simile. In every chapter, there were at least ten turn of phrases that could be framed and hung in a gallery. I'd put her ability to make language her minion right up there with Fitzgerald's. At times, she transcends the borders of poetry and prose.
In that other kind of writing, the one that involves tone and progression and conflict... That one wasn't as clear. I kept thinking the whole book about this beautiful bouquet of verbal roses she brought to the table, and kept picturing her trying them out in different vases. She just couldn't find the right shape to hold her art. This book seemed confused about what it wanted to be. It's not that I'm opposed to genre-bending, but I don't think it worked here. It was like, as readers, we kept driving on in the same car through different microclimates, and suddenly discovering we didn't dress in layers. Is it the examination of a girl's psychological state? Is it a dystopian adventure? An environmental manifesto? A teen romance? A superhero action/adventure tale? It just couldn't seem to decide, rather trying to be all of them and succeeding in being none.
Plus there's the fact that Juliette, while basically socially isolated for at least three years, physically isolated for almost a year, and shunned her entire life due to her gift/curse, comes off as way too mature, knowledgeable, and aware of what's going on around her. She gives us occasional background on how her society ended up where it is, on the events leading to it, yet it's not clear how she would have knowledge of such things. Despite having no more than a middle-school education, she has an exceptional vocabulary that exceeds many literary scholars. There's clearly been a complete breakdown of society including massive death and destruction, but I couldn't buy that things transformed so dramatically, so quickly, and were reestablished in such short order. A lot more time needed to be spent here on world building.
In all, I'm intrigued enough to add the second book to my TBR list, but I sigh when I think how this book could have been so much more than what it was. Mafi's gift for language, however, will keep me reading no matter what.
AUDIOBOOK NOTES: EXCELLENT narrator on this. However, given the specialized format of text I've now discovered was used in the print book, I'm not sure it adapted well to audio. The strike-through approach particularly didn't translate well. There really should have been an adapted script for the audio production, or a more experimental use of audio special effects.
I is my TOP book so far
Its like Twilight w/ the Hunger Games feel. Because it has romance action and thrill.
Kenji hands down
This book doesn't give anything away its full of surprises all around. I think that the way Kate Simses reads the book is just on point with the characters. Im definitely going finish this series and reading other books from Tahereh Mafi.
A book is a dream you hold in your hand.
Three words okay..."Did it hurt?"
You know, when you fell from heaven?!! Words cannot do this sjkfnrkjfsil book justice!! I've listened to the entire series 3 times already and I still have to pause and catch my breath every other minute. Tahareh Mafi is my definition of God! This book is dkjgnekrjn incredible and I solemnly swear that I shall not rest until every human being walking on this earth has read this skjnfelrkmf,dx book!! LGJLRKMDskjnsFOKVSLSgrjmr,,KGJNJKD I just had a stroke...
Juliette's internal thoughts were pretty amazing to follow, especially when she was still in the asylum. She has the biggest heart even though she has been through the worst things possible. I love her and I wish I knew her personally. She is everything I've ever wanted to be.
Also, I don't think I've ever fallen this hard for fictional characters before! I am truly, deeply in love with them all.
Yes and she's great especially in this book where her voice really brings out the innocence in Juliette's heart. And I have to give her credit for Adam, Warner and Kenji's voices!!
(It's a plead escaping Juliette's breath)
If you don't fall in love with this book there is something seriously wrong with you my friend...
I loved the story so much..... But....... Occasionally the narrator's voice would get shrill and hurt my ears...... Other than that it was perfect! Good work! :)
the style is different, and the narration intense, but it all comes together quite well. I found myself aggravated with the main character at times but, she is still a worthy protagonist. All in all, a very enjoyable experience!
Listen on dog walks, commutes and around the house. Welcome virtually any genre but southern fiction holds a special place in my heart.
Shatter Me is another 3-star dystopian novel that I read on the heels of Station Eleven. Whereas Station Eleven is a literary dystopian tale aimed at an adult audience, this is a young adult novel along the lines of Divergent. I was pleased with the promising ending, but was pretty irritated by the writing in the first three-quarters of the book. Imagine an entire novel written in the style of slam poetry with bunches of repetitive...repetitive...repetitive phrases and multitudes of over-the-top descriptions ("There are 400 cotton balls caught in my windpipe.") Fortunately, the author abandoned this writing style in the final stretch of the novel. Only then did it feel like she had finally settled into her skin, and was ready to give us the story we had all been waiting for. Because of the strong ending, I'm actually interested in the next two books in the trilogy.