While the concept was intriguing and the reason I ordered the audiobook, I found the author's style so incredibly overwritten and stilted that I couldn't listen to it. Her substitution of excessive hyperbole and repetition (everything, everything, everything is repeated three times) in lieu of real voice just made it impossible for me to continue with the story. The pace is slowed horribly by excessive interior monologue and the repetition, repetition, repetition. While perhaps you can read this book fairly well, and listening to it was a poor choice since you can't skip ahead reliably (like when the narrator has to read I am not insane over and over again approximately 60 times), I think perhaps a summary of the plot would be the best choice to get to know the story and check this one off your list.
It's certainly not encouraged me.
I don't fault the narrator for the material, but I do think reading it would have been a better choice for the reasons listed above, you can simply skip over parts that are boring and repetitious. The narrator does admirably in her role.
Irritation with the overwritten style. Not a sentence can go by without at least two metaphors or similes, often real stretches, and it's so chock-full of adverbs and adjectives you could have a fire sale on them and still have too many. This book needed serious streamlining even if the author was attempting to demonstrate that the narrator had been cooped up for months with no one to talk to or interact with. It's just overdone (or overdone, overdone, overdone in the style of the book).
Typical dystopian society, teen romance story. I was intrigued by the use of language and metaphor, but disappointed in the lack of a more complicated plot.
Someone who does not care about Character development or creative writing.
The writing style was distracting, like a beehive poked with a stick.
Had I done the review half or even three quarters of the way through, it would have been a very different one. The ending just does not sit well with the rest of the book, making me uninterested in the sequel.
A sort of X-men meets Divergent, I enjoyed the narration, the beautiful writing and the book's premise. However, the book somehow travels from the inner monologue of a solitary confinement prisoner to a total reproduction of X-men, right down to a Professor Xavier clone and a "school for the gifted". Somehow the narrative just couldn't make that massive shift believable.
While it did not work for me, the writing style, especially in the first chapters is unique and really quite beautiful.
The narration performance was really very good and a great match for the book.
So, not for me, but not a bad listen.
First I was attracted to this book because of the cover and the title. Even though the author is a good writer, it took me awhile to get into the book because I just couldn't figure out where the author was going with keeping this girl in a cold cage. Eventually all becomes clear. The female character is very well developed; I felt like I knew her. Although the boy she meets isn't as well developed, he is acceptable by the end of the book. If you get bored by the same old plot being redone over and over, this book is for you. It is anything but boring.
Yes... and I have. At first I was just passing the time then I realized this series is a dairy (not a book) written by a girl (not a woman) whose only interaction with life has been through books, and then I was engrossed. I love the fact she is constantly scratching out words and phrases she finds too personal to share and regrets them once she has. And the metaphors are fantastic, but they will rack your nerves unless you come to terms with this simple fact....Every one attaches feelings, moments, and thoughts together that is why metaphors exist. But what if all of your feelings and thoughts have been the result of someone else's experience and someone else's metaphors? Would you too not be left with stacking metaphors on top of each other making them borderline obnoxious? So ignore all the reviews that say the metaphors are over the top. View them as what they are, a result of isolation and loneliness.
Prefers the ocean to deserts, prefers laughter to tears, and will take a good story any day. Discovering a great story? Even better.
I can't believe there are so many good reviews for this book!
For me, at the very basic level, there are two key parts of a book - the writing and the story. For audiobooks, there's also the performance. In this case, it is an interesting story, bogged down by frustrating, overdramatic writing and metaphors. Halfway through the book I had to look it up online to see reviews to figure out what the irritating scratching sound was. It sounded like a gimmick and it drove me crazy. I hoped, hoped, hoped that it would have a solid purpose or reason for being included in the audio.
Apparently in the written version, there are words that the protagonist says, that are then crossed out as she rephrases her thoughts, her words, etc. In the audio book it is denoted by a scratching sound. Something I didn't know until I looked it up. It's also something I wished they had left out.
The benefit to looking it up though is that a reviewer on Amazon decided that every time there was an over the top metaphor, readers should drink. It made me laugh as I listened because otherwise I would have been rolling my eyes. Although if I had tried this, I would have been drunk in 10 minutes. In the first Anne of Green Gables books, Anne is over the top as a young girl with her flowery, poetic words. Unlike the early Anne, the protagonist in Shatter Me is not 12, she's 17. Used sparingly, metaphors can be great, filled with insight about the character or the situation. Used every other sentence, they become laughable or frustrating.
Unfortunately, I won't be continuing with the series because there's better writing, and better stories I would prefer to read/listen to.
I really liked the story a lot but honestly,it was a novel length poem. There were to many over dramatic metaphors for me and after a while found myself rolling my eyes. NO 17 YEAR OLD TALKS LIKE THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
She was awesome! she performed each of the characters and gave them a voice
I enjoy reading series and very rarely read stand alone series. I mostly read romance and sci-fi & fantasy.
This was probably one of the most difficult books i have ever read. It was just hard. In the audiobook there is this scratching sound that occurs every once in a while that is very annoying. I could live with that. It was mostly the narrator that made it so bad for me.
She tried to hard to be something she wasn't and It made the book so hard to get through. I couldn't even finish it. That has only happened twice before where I couldn't finish a book. And in each case it comes down to a good narrator.
If I had to give my opinion I would say don't waste your time, money/credit on this book. I can't even tell you what it is about because I don't even know. I got pretty far in the book before I had to quit and start another one. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone and would warn them off from reading this.
The repetitive words were driving me crazy. There was a point in chapter 4 where there was this long pause and the girl saying over and over again "I am not crazy" not once or twice but on and on and on. It was annoying. She is also apparently writing in her journal but there are these scratching noises in the back ground every once in a while. Not necessary. Then she is talking to herself in almost poetry format and then switches back to dialog its strange. I am glad I was able to return this.
Take out the back ground scratching noise and she is writing or scratching things out in her journal. Change the cadence of the narrator as she reads so it does not sound like disjointed poetry.