I absolutely loved this series. I don't know why I didn't read it before!
For the story...it gets top marks but it can be sort of "teenish" at times. I loved the characters but the narration was average...I KNOW this will be a movie... I went through the series in no time.
Each book kept me excited....the story just kept me attached to the characters
I believe she tried...she did a good job on the main character but the male characters lacked believability.
"In the future....the human spirit will explode with power!"
My Initial Reaction...
I was blown away by the incredible writing in Shatter Me from the moment I started it. I think that, more than any other element, captivated me and held me to the very end.
The narration by Kate Simses was impeccable. She's a perfect fit for this style of writing and she really made it work for me. Shatter Me is incredibly poetic and not just the words, but the rhythms and sounds of the words wove together beautifully -- something I don't know if I could have fully appreciated if it weren't for the narration. This is a book to listen to. You'll notice this scratching sound and it took me a couple chapters to figure out what it meant exactly - it's meant to be the scratching of the pen, canceling out words. Once I understood that, I loved it, since it was a beautiful addition to the stream of consciousness sytle writing. Once the book gets more emerged in the dialogue and action, Kate Simses continued to do a great job - now bringing to life characters rather than just the poetic style. She's on my list of favorite narrators now.
It really takes a while to start getting to know these characters. You don't even know Juliette's name for several chapters - but, for me at least, this really worked because it added to the quality of Juliette's disconnect from the world and all life. Juliette was born with a curse/talent (depending on how you view it). Just by touching another person she tortures and sucks their life out. She has no control over it and it has made her deadly. As a result she spent a good part of her life scorned, hated and feared. When we enter the story, she's locked up in a mental institution/prison. Juliette is a character that I couldn't help but love. Life has been cruel to her and she has every ability to be cruel right back. But she doesn't want to be. She's caring and sensitive. All she wants is a connection. She craves interaction and if only she could be touched. I can't even imagine what life would be like without ever feeling another person's touch. But Juliette has survived it all as an incredible person that I had to root for.
I have to say that although I didn't necessarily dislike him, I never really connected to Adam. And maybe that's because I didn't ever really believe in his connection with Juliette. He seems like a nice guy but there's something about him that just seems a bit too uncertain and weak for me to even believe in a lot of what he says or does. I think that may just be me, but he wasn't doing it for me. Warren, on the other hand, I loved. In the OMG He's absolutely HORRIBLE kind of way. He's everything I want in my evil characters - scarred, evil, a bit insane, and ruthless. What can I say? Sometimes the bad guys steal the show - and in the Adam vs. Warren scenario, he totally did for me.
I really enjoyed the story for Shatter Me, but I have a couple qualms. First of all, I feel like we spent a little too much time caged up to get a real feel for the world. It's a dystopian and for me that means that the world is so incredibly important. I've had a lot TOLD to me about the world from Juliette's memories and what she's been told - but from the time she spent out in it, the whole humans destroying the world and making it environmentally dangerous and deficient didn't come through. I get that's how it is, but I didn't see it. What I really saw was humans oppressing other humans - and maybe that's the point. Time will tell. It certainly didn't hurt my enjoyment of the overall story, but it did raise lots of world questions for me.
My other qualm is where the series is headed. The last 15% of the book was action packed and full of exciting discoveries. I enjoyed every minute and yet felt this tinge for the familiar. I don't want to ruin anything for anyone so I won't say what specifically felt too familiar, but I will say that I hope I'm wrong and it's not going down that path. Because it would ruin the spectacularly inventive quality I was enjoying oh so much.
Shatter Me has a haunting, poetic writing style that I just adored and for that reason alone I would pick up book 2. But I also loved the main character and the action that took off was great so I look forward to seeing where things end up.
A different narrator and much less drama!!!!
Absolutely not!!! She may be able to moderate her high, squeaky little girl voice but she can't do a male voice. I hate to sound mean but I just listened to this on my way home and it was excruciating. Sorry.
I won't buy a book with this narrator in the future. It was that bad.
Mostly YA Book Obsessed!
I’ve said it before; I’m not a big fan of dystopias. I do have a few favorites but for the most part I try to stay away from them. There’s just something about them that is so…depressing. I’ve had my eye on Shatter Me even before it was released but it somehow kept getting away from me. When the covers were changed, I might have had a little fit and I decided I didn’t want to read them anymore. One, I wasn’t a fan of the new covers (the eyes creeped me out although they are growing on me). And two, I HATE when publishers change covers. I know it’s silly since the author has no say in it but I’m weird that way. I kept seeing all these AMAZING reviews of Unravel Me and when I read Jennifer’s review from @Some Like It Paranormal, I knew I just had to read it. I had to find out for myself what the fuss was about for these Adam and Warner characters. I was expecting to like it; I was not expecting to be so blown away by it!
Juliette’s touch is lethal. Nobody understands her or wants her, her own parents even sent her to a prison-like place where she hasn’t had contact with anyone in almost a year. Until the day when Adam is assigned as her cell mate. From the beginning, there is something about Adam that draws Juliette towards him. And it’s not the typical: I just met you and I’m in love with you kind of thing. Juliette is almost positive that she knows Adam from somewhere. Just when they start getting close, they are sent away to a top secret military base where Warner plans to use Juliette as a weapon. Suddenly Juliette is torn between the guy who is determined to protect her and show her how to accept herself and the guy who is determined to rule with her by his side and who encourages her to embrace her lethal touch.
I’m so happy that I was clueless to the fact that this is a dystopia or else I most likely wouldn’t have read it. I don’t care what genre this book is, it’s freaking beautiful! The writing! Ah, I fell completely in LOVE with Tahereh’s beautiful and lyrical style of writing. The way we got to see Juliette’s thoughts, especially when they are scratched out just goes to show how confused and lost Juliette is. She made me connect with Juliette, Adam and Warner on so many levels that I didn’t want the book to end. I can tell that this is going to be one of those very well written love triangles, one that I will have a hard time picking a team. Although I am leaning towards Adam, every time I got a glimpse of Warner and his vulnerable side I found myself rooting for him too. In the end I was left feeling conflicted. On one hand, I wish I would have read this book as soon as it came out. On the other hand, I’m glad I waited this long because that means I only have to wait a few weeks for Unravel Me. I can’t wait to read Unravel Me and Warner’s novella, Destroy Me. I have a feeling I will be stitching teams back and forth on this series. My only teeny-tiny complaint was that the end started to drag for me a little bit and started feeling to dystopyish for me, you know, where they are on the run from the bad guys and everything goes wrong. Regardless, Shatter Me was a beautiful and unforgettable read for me.
I was probably half way through Shatter Me and had decided I would finish, but go no further. Upon completion, I am ready to listen to the rest of the series just as quickly as I can. I love Juliette and Adam and I can't wait to hear the rest of their story.
I always fall in love with the underdogs in books. The main character always gets the girl, but the underdog gets my heart.
Yes I would totally recommend. The narrator is perfection when it comes to delivering this character and her story.
The bathroom scene ;)
Made me fall for Adam
Gave the story 4/5 stars because the author is a tiny bit over the top with how descriptive she is of every little thing that's happening. So much so that it gets a bit annoying at times but the narrator of the book made it more tolerable.
Where to begin. The overblown prose. The repetition of phrases like "my bones are breaking" and all it's possible variances - "my legs are broken", "my legs are breaking", "my spine is breaking", "my spine cracks", "every bone in my body breaks". And the melting - "I'm melting", "I melt", "my body melts". And the descriptions of a supporting characters eyes, which are "buckets of rainwater" "buckets of water" "buckets of river water, and I want to cry into them".
Whoever produced this book also made the rather crazy decision to include a sound effect between nearly every sentence; it's like an indrawn whooping gasp, like the sound you make when a car runs over your foot. At one point, early on, the narrator repeats "I'm not insane" over and over, with that sucking sound between each repetition, for a little over 30 seconds. It doesn't sound like a lot of time, but when you're listening to it, 30 seconds is a torturously long stretch.
The protagonist is a sniveling, whiny mess, who falls instantly in love with a boy. I'm not saying the girl has no right to snivel and whine, but it makes for dull, frustrating reading.
Yes. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing, though.
Nobody needs to be cut, just edited.
I'm so glad that Audible has introduced the ability to get a refund on books, because this was a complete waste of my credit.
This book is geared to the same fan base as "Gray". Found this to be very immature. Story line contradicts previous portions of the story and over all boring. Kate Simses did a good job of keeping the breathy 'oh-mys' and tension of sex throughout. I made the mistake of getting the entire series, I don't think I'll waste my listening time with the other 2.
Probably not, at least not until I hear that her style has matured
Not written it
Young, capable, sophomoric
One of very few books I couldn't even finish