"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
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
Had a plot. If I want soft porn I will buy it.
She is a fine reader, my review is no reflection upon her.
All of them
Really, lets jump on the bandwagon. Half way through and no plot at all. I think I actually need to return this one.
I would recommend to my granddaughter and her friends. As an adult I couldn't get through it.
I like these off-beat story lines; it's always interesting to discover where the author takes the tale. This was well written with plot line details cleverly tucked here and there; good narration; satisfying ending. Heavy on the metaphors for sure, but the character's personality was dependent upon them.
I dont think this was a book for audio- with all the strike through text -the audio version was annoying. The terrible scratching noise over and over? Terrible.
The full page of her saying she is not crazy over and over- not cool.
Mistake #1 was listening to this on audio. The audio version has this terrible scratching noise whenever the author uses a strike text- which is often repeatedly! Mistake #2 was letting the terrible "writing" of this book infiltrate my mind. Now when something startles me I want to exclaim "all my organs fell to the floor!" When someone has blue eyes I want to spend twenty minutes describing them in every minute detail and then repeat the word "blue" over and over and over again. When I am writing something and change my mind I just want to cross it out remove it. I feel as though my IQ dropped listening to this book.
The author's style of writing is very unusual and it took me a chapter or two to get into it, but once I did I completely became immersed in the story. The narrator did a fabulous job. Don't let the beginning turn you off, it is a really good story, action packed, fast paced and romantic.
It is hard not to fall in love with Adam. Although each of the characters was well described and really came to life in the story.
Kate did a great job reading each of the characters so one felt as if it actually was a different person.
People who think tons of exaggerated metaphors equal quality writing. Don't get me wrong -- I can read and appreciate unorthodox writing -- Jose Saramago can go pages without using a period, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez completely turns the idea of chronological order upside down and has even given the same name to a dozen characters in the same book. But for them, it works because they can still hold a narrative together (and are far more interesting!!!) With Shatter Me, the author failed at this right away, although I held on to the halfway point hoping it would get better. Unfortunately it got worse. Just because the language is flowery doesn't mean it's a great piece of writing. There is such a thing as too much, and this book is definitely it. I suppose it was an attempt to be artistic, but it didn't work for this genre -- or probably any narrative -- because it seriously impeded the reader's ability to understand what the heck was going on or why we should empathize with a whiny main character.
Used more than one verb tense, for starters. Everything was in the present tense, stream of consciousness, blabbering metaphors in every single sentence. There was a ridiculous amount of repetition and changes of opinion in mid-sentence. I found myself tuning out while she labored these points, and I kept waiting to hear what actually happened to the character. The author could also have left the entire chapter of "I'm not insane" repeated 100 times in a row.
To be fair, the writing called for an intense level of melodrama that I'm sure the performer met. However, I feel that this book ruined her for me. If I hear her voice again in another book I might cringe at the memory. It doesn't help that her voice was very young, high-pitched, and easily lent itself to whininess. I hope for her sake that this performer finds better work opportunities to showcase her talent.
Anger. I literally found myself alone in the car saying "Shut up!!!" and I even attempted to fast forward it a few times to get out of a melodramatic scene, only to find the next scene full of the same melodrama. Then I would switch to a fuzzy radio station instead -- and I live in a rural area with a long commute, which is why I go through a book a week in the car anyway. So imagine my desperation.Disappointment. The synopsis definitely seemed interesting and I am a fan of the young adult dystopia genre, but unfortunately this author ruined her own idea by trying to write a poem instead of a narrative.
I think I've said it all about the book, but I also think from now on I will look at other sources for reviews. Why did so many people on audible give this book a great review? On Goodreads, that is not the case at all -- I wish I had read their reviews first.
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