Wow! I thought that this was going to be another frivolous sci-fi fantasy but its just the opposite. Say hello to the flip side of Atlas Shrugged. This book is about the public wrenching the power back from the amoral, power hungry few. It also describes what happens when you rely on the government to solve problems instead of personally getting involved. It is very provocative in addition to being a great read.
This is the most extraordinary book I believe I have ever encountered.
The story and narration were delivered with the prose wrapped in poetry covered with
a huge satin bow. Absolute perfection!
This is a book for the senses. I am really looking forward to so many more
creations equal to this beautiful, touching, striking piece. "Shatter Me" will remind you
of the power of the spoken word.
How to describe this book? It was Amazing, Amazing, Amazing! It was CRAZY, CRAZY, CRAZY! This was also the audiobook version. I'm not sure if I had read this book in print, my mind would NOT have done this one justice. The narrator was phenomenal in my opinion.
At first I didn't know what to make of this one. The book felt like a poem, words spoken over and over again. Words that were so descriptive that the more she spoke them the more powerful the meaning became. The repetition of words also added to the seriousness of what she was saying, made it more intense.
I really began to wonder about Ms. Mafi. This book was written so different than anything I've ever read that I think she's AMAZING! The way that she has Juliette's mind reeling in that cell in the beginning of the story almost made me think that Ms. Mafi might have some experience in a little craziness herself. The beginning of so dark, I was aw struck easily the first quarter of the book.
The book was set in a dystopian world. The world isn't what we know it now. There is barely any food left for people to eat, tons of people died. They are run now by the Reestablishment which chooses what they are able to eat, where they can live and how they can live it. The mentally insane are locked up for good and the rebels fight back everyday.
Due to Juliette's "disease" of not being able to touch anyone, it always reminded me of Rogue from X-Men. I LOVE X-Men so this was cool to relate. As the story went on with twists and turns and settles at Omega Point, it reinforced my thoughts even more.
Adam is WOW! He is the epitome of sweet, wonderful, caring HERO! He will do anything for his Juliette. His father was horrible to him going up and him and Juliette have crappy parents in common. I'm interested to learn more about Adam and what he's capable of doing. After he reached Omega Point, I have some theories but I'll keep them to myself for now.
I hear there is a Team Warner group. I feel there is more to Warner than meets the eye. There is a soft side to him, but we haven't been able to see much of it. I think in the next book we will learn more about him and hopefully know more about his background.
Kenji is Adam's friend, they were in the Army together. Kenji cracks me up several times with his nonchalant attitude. He was a pleasant side character to hear about.
I'm really upset that it took me so long to read this one. There is a short story with Kenji (Destroy Me) that I can't wait to read and Unravel Me, book #2 comes out February 2013. Entirely TOO long to wait...ugh!
Love, love, love narrator Kate Simses. She does an amazing job. Her performance is incredible. The story is so good. The way Mafi writes, you want to devour her books. Do yourself a favor & read the Shatter Me series - even if its just to read how Mafi describes the drinking a glass of water. Its like listening to art. You won't regret it.
Story and Narration...Awesome! Tahereh Mafi did a wonderful job with this story and Kate Simses brought the story to life with her narration. It was so eloquently written it's on the verge of poetry. The passion Mafi put into her two main characters was practically tangible. Juliettte, shattered mentally and emotionally due to her life taking touch has been thrown into a dystopian society after being locked away in a mental institution for the last three years. The ability that she considers a curse is the same ability she is being sought after for by the "Reestablishment" for their own intentions. Intentions to use her as a weapon. A perfect mix of action, romance and thriller sprinkled with an x-menish feel rolled together and tossed into a dystopian bowl. There is always room for the misfit with super abilities at my table.
This book is as much a poem as a story. A bit verbose at times, but always captivating. The way she unravels the story and let's the characters develop is brilliant. Almost an "origins" type situation. I'll read anything Mafi ever writes.
Again....If I would have listened to all of the negative reviews I read for this book, I would never have listened to it. I have never been so GLAD that I ignored them. I found this book to be refreshing....A slow start, but about an hour into it, I could not stop listening. If you aren't into expressive writing and the use if imagery to describe all five senses, then this book is not for you. For instance the description of "rain" isn't just the falling of droplets in this book.......It's.......Something Else.......beautiful perhaps. It has been a long time since I have been able to see everything described in a book based off of the authors words. The narration was beautiful.....I cried....I cried a lot.....I cannot wait to listen to the next in the series. I wish audible would make the Novella "Destroy Me" available too! It's like X-men meets The Hunger Games........WONDERFUL!!
At first it was the "scratch out" noises that sounded like nails on a chalkboard.
Then there was an entire 2 minutes where all Juliet says is "I am not insane."
It is enough to drive anyone towards the edge.
Sadly, the writing technique was too flowery. The author tries too hard to make the prose sound elegant and romantic. In the end all that accomplished was annoying the listener/reader.
The plot was predictable and the twists that were thrown in there were too out of the blue or too quickly and easily resolved.
Some of the metaphors did not even make sense and seemed like they were thrown in there to pretty up the prose. Which it did not.
And how does the protag go from being an independent girl that has been shunned her entire life to a needy pathetic girl that suddenly views a boy as her entire world. This isn't Twilight.
Nothing happened until we hit Chapter 8. Even then, there would be some hints at what could have been a great story, only to be bogged down by the exaggerated prose and the insane narrator.
It was honestly a waste of time. I didn't want to listen to the book after 10 minutes into it. But I had paid $17 and I had a long drive.
Stop being so repetitive. We get the symbolism. We got it the first 20 times she talked about the bird. And the fact that the protag doesn't realize that symbolism until the end is just ridiculous. Key words are constantly overused and abused.
The writing was disjointed and certain plot points exaggerated.
I have no complaints about Ms Simses's performance. She took a lackluster plot and character and tried to breath some life into it. But you can't breath life into something that was never alive to begin with.
Annoyance and aggravation. I must have rolled my eyes at least 50x
Perhaps this is not a book suited for audible. Or so I thought until I read the other reviews on Amazon. Apparently, either way, if you know anything at all about what constitutes a decent book, it was a disappointing waste of time and money.
Was it worth it?
Sad to say, No.
It was a waste of time and money, and the only reason I would READ the second book is to see if Adam is (suddenly out of the blue), "gifted."
Check out the Trylle series, Cinder, Legend or Graceling instead.
Love to read, and love to hear a book read to me.
I can see why people like this book - there's some compelling stuff here. But it gets rather buried in the book's flaws.
A major one is that the book starts out as one thing and becomes something else, and not in a good way; more in way that suggests the author was making it up as she went along and didn't quite know where she wanted to go (and she needed a much better editor). And the X-Men parallels in the second half just make the whole thing seem derivative, even though it started out pretty fresh and original.
Another major flaw is that the main character, Juliette, isn't very appealing. After spending a few hundred pages with her, you're really longing for a kick ass character like Katniss. Three quarters of the way through, I was just trying to finish it so I could read something else. I certainly won't bother with the sequel.
Despite my disappointment, I must admit that it would make a great movie, especially since Juliette's endless interior monologue would have to be jettisoned for the screen.
The reader was terrific, better than the material.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
It was AWESOME! I couldn't put it down....Tahereh Mafi is going on my favorite author list!
When Juliette finds out she can touch Adam...she feels alive again...she deserved it!
I love Kate...she has such a soothing sweet voice and her acting ability is incredible!
This would be a fascinating movie,,, Her touch is deadly, her love eternal!
This book put me through a huge range of emotions, it was quite the racy love story for a YA novel...and I couldn't put it down...I loved everything about it, and am reading book 2 immediately! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!