"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
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.
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.
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.
I can not wait for more from this author, for a first effort, this book was most excellent.
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.
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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!
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.
the book itself started out slow but once it got going, i was hooked. i love the character and don't agree with other people's reviews saying that she's weak. i'd like to see how strong they'd be in her situation! she's very strong considering the obstacles she's gone through.
warner. i know, i know! he's the bad guy but honestly i'm all for warner. also, i really liked kenji too.
all of them, i can't pick just one.
i'm not that creative....
i really enjoyed the narrator. i'll be seeking out other books she's narrated. i like the youngness and softness to her voice. i think it fit the character in this book perfectly.
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.
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.
I thought it was well done. I would recommend this triology to friends. It was capturing from the beginning clear to the end.
But X-Men was awesome ;) I liked the store, and it kept me entertained while I worked.
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
it is on the top favorite but I heard better
I liked Kenji and James they are so funny and I related to them
no but I will now starting with crossed .. I hope it will be as good
It made want to cry at some point , and Kenji made me want to laugh all the time
I love this book so much but the kissing scenes didn't work with me so well
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
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.
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