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Shatter Me | [Tahereh Mafi]

Shatter Me

"You can't touch me," I whisper. I'm lying, is what I don't tell him. He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him. But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad things. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own.
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Publisher's Summary

"You can't touch me," I whisper. I'm lying, is what I don't tell him. He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him. But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad things.

No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.

But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time - and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever.

©2011 Tahereh Mafi (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Andrew Linden, CA, United States 10-03-12
    Andrew Linden, CA, United States 10-03-12

    Parks Horseshoeing

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    "Very Vivid"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this book is full of imagination and is very refreshing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shatter Me?

    The whole book was memorable because of the writing style. Every line seems to have a half dozen vivid words.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Simses – was your favorite?

    Obviously the main character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I can't quite remember. Its not a sad book, so no crying. It's also not a very funny book. Its more serious and full of vivid description.


    Any additional comments?

    This writing style is unlike any other books that I have currently read or listened to. The author has an extremely large vocabulary and she knows how to use it extremely well. Very intelligent, I can only imagine.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    nicole HAGERSTOWN, MD, United States 12-31-11
    nicole HAGERSTOWN, MD, United States 12-31-11 Member Since 2010
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    "WOW!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    i was drawn in right away and the story line is original. The author wrote in such a unique way, your not sure what is said aloud vs. what is being written in her journal.


    What other book might you compare Shatter Me to and why?

    It's a little like The Pledge, but not really. Both are post apocalyptic America. both have female lead who must find an inner strength, and have a romeo and juliet type love interest.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Simses’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no, never


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did enjoy the story, when she triumphs, i felt pride. when she fears, i was insecure, i didn't know why no one could touch her, but i didn't want them to.


    Any additional comments?

    I can not wait for more from this author, for a first effort, this book was most excellent.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    MamaBear Wamego Ks 12-17-14
    MamaBear Wamego Ks 12-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "fantastic!!!"

    I could have read this cover to cover. I can't wait to read the next book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Monica 08-17-14
    Monica 08-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story EXCEPT...."

    This was a very good story and I did enjoy listening to it except for the main characters obsessive compulsive tendency to repeat things over and over and over and. OVER AND OVER AND OVER!!! The repeating of certain things accompanied with the narrators baby voice used for the girl almost put me over the edge in certain parts of the story. If you can get past that, the storyline is very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia The Geeky Blogger 03-19-14 Member Since 2014

    AKA The Geeky Blogger

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    "Different and Engaging"

    Listened for Fun (Audible)
    Overall Rating: 3.75
    Story Rating: 3.50
    Character Rating: 4.00

    Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the overall rating)

    Part 1 of the Series Review


    First Thought when Finished: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi was different, interesting, and engaging! Bring me the next one please!

    Part 1 Thoughts:

    I picked up Shatter Me for 2 reasons:

    1: Most of my friends (even the non-YA readers like myself) enjoyed it
    2: It was on sale at Audible

    I have to say that overall I found the world different, interesting, and engaging. The story was slow to start but once it got moving, I was invested. The world building was fantastic! I could picture the world in my mind's eye and while I have no desire to travel there, had no problem picturing the characters maneuvering around. The characters are what drew me to the story though. I thought Juliette was equal parts fascinating and damaged. Her life experiences made her both wise and foolish. I was intrigued by Warner and what made him tick. Was he just this bad ass nut case that was truly evil or is there more there? Adam was a little one dimensional to me but he did fulfill an important role: he gave Juliette someone to count on. That role is significant because she could begin to bloom. The pacing and action were a little uneven in the beginning but once the story hit it's stride the speed, urgency, and desperation of the characters was on par with the action. For a first book in a trilogy, it was fantastic!

    Audio Thoughts:

    Narrated By Kate Simses / Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins


    This is the first book I have listened too narrated by Kate. I thought she did a great job with Juliette, Adam, and Warner. I was a little surprised there weren't two narrators for this book (as the guys got as much page time as Juliette) but Kate (for the most part) pulled it off pretty well.

    Final Thoughts: Interesting and engaging I will be continuing this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica 09-12-12
    Jessica 09-12-12
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    "Not for me..."
    Would you try another book from Tahereh Mafi and/or Kate Simses?

    I really did not like the writing style in this book. Not sure I would enjoy any other books by the same author if this is the normal writing style used.


    Any additional comments?

    I really did not like this book. It dragged in too many places and couldn't keep my attention. I did not finish the book because I got tired of waiting for the story to blossom. I have NEVER quit a book without completing it. I have always followed through to the end but I could not make myself with this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved This Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I thought it was well done. I would recommend this triology to friends. It was capturing from the beginning clear to the end.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Spokane, Wa, United States 06-26-12
    Kelly Spokane, Wa, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A little X-Menish"
    Any additional comments?

    But X-Men was awesome ;) I liked the store, and it kept me entertained while I worked.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Doha New York, NY, United States 12-08-11
    Doha New York, NY, United States 12-08-11 Member Since 2010

    I like to read VERY much .. I'm obsessed with reading I don't have time to actually read a book so I've been a listener for three years now

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    Where does Shatter Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it is on the top favorite but I heard better


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked Kenji and James they are so funny and I related to them


    Have you listened to any of Kate Simses’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no but I will now starting with crossed .. I hope it will be as good


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made want to cry at some point , and Kenji made me want to laugh all the time


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book so much but the kissing scenes didn't work with me so well

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 11-06-14
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 11-06-14 Member Since 2014

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Schizophrenia Anyone?"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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