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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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    Gerryjo Bedeque, PE, Canada 10-25-12
    Gerryjo Bedeque, PE, Canada 10-25-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Good story"
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I enjoyed the overall story and found the narration very good too but I did not enjoy the repeating lines and was not really a fan of the scratching bits.


    Do you think Shatter Me needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I would be interested but I think if the repeating lines began I would not continue to listen.


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    Sandie Elk Grove, CA, United States 10-24-12
    Sandie Elk Grove, CA, United States 10-24-12 Member Since 2005

    I'm married with 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Love to read books, and love to listen to audio books. Genre's UF/Sci-Fi/ dystopian/ fiction and mystery/thrillers

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    "Just Okay !!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I listened to this book a week ago, and already forgot most of it. So I guess make it more rememerable.


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

    None that I can think of


    Did Shatter Me inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarina Anderson 10-22-12 Member Since 2012

    I have spent a good bit of my student loans on audiobooks.

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    "YA Post-Apocalyptic Romance Mixed with Xmen"

    During the first chapter, I was immediately turned off. I had no prior knowledge as to what this book was about (bought it on sale). The narrator's voice was annoying; the literary devices were embarrassing (they're really dramatic), and I couldn't understand what that scratching noise was! I had to pause the book and read a synopsis. Then, I understood the protagonist had a Rogue (from Xmen) ability, and she was writing in her "head diary" so to speak, and that is what the weird scratching noises were. Okay now I'm understanding!
    I enjoyed the idea; I'm always a sucker for an impossible romance. I thought Juliette (the protagonist) was interesting, maybe a little whiny, but justifiably so.
    I don't know what else to say except I'm ready to read the second one to know how the story unfolds!

    I think the narration is a bit annoying, but it fits the character perfectly. The extreme hyperboles, metaphors, similes are a BIT distracting at times, but it becomes enjoyable when you get used to the style of writing.

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    Jackie LITTLETON, CO, United States 09-24-12
    Jackie LITTLETON, CO, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Took a while to get into...but liked it!"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was to say the least strange in the first few chapters. The narrator was soft spoken for effect but it was distracting and at times I could not hear what she had said. Once I got to the second half I was very intrigued and excited to listen but I almost stopped reading before I got to that point. In the end I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

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    LindseyLooHoo napa,ca 09-24-12
    LindseyLooHoo napa,ca 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I love Kate Simses"
    If you could sum up Shatter Me in three words, what would they be?

    I love this story, but It wouldn't have been as engaging as it was without Kate's great narrating. She did a wonderful job narrating Matched also. I get sucked in with all her emotion and realistic voices. I recommend this to women of any age, they'll love it!


    What about Kate Simses’s performance did you like?

    Like I said, I loved Kate's performance. Audiobooks generally annoy me because the voices aren't realistic for the characters or they don't change their voices or use much emotion and she is AMAZING at it. LOVE IT!


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    Jodi Kaukauna, WI, United States 09-17-12
    Jodi Kaukauna, WI, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Can't wait for the next book!"
    What other book might you compare Shatter Me to and why?

    Hunger Games...based upon the story.


    What about Kate Simses’s performance did you like?

    She captured the main character's personality perfectly!


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

    It made me excited for the next book in the series.


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    Amy 09-16-12
    Amy 09-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not your traditional YA novel!"

    The author's use of hyperboles, imagery, and metaphors enriched this text beyond anything i have come to expect in this genre. The last time I was this drawn to the writer's use of language was with Cornelia Funke. I would compare it to hearing James Earl Jones reading a phone book. It really doesn't matter what is being said...it is the way it is spoken. Here, the story became far less important than the way it was being told. Very unique and intriguing!

    The narrator was very good and her voice was right for the main character. The scratches were incredibly annoying at first, until I realized their purpose. Then they became a integral part of the story. They are like a do-over button for the main character.

    The story takes a while to fully understand. The environment is slowly explained, but a faster revelation would have been appropriate. I felt disoriented too long and without benefit to the telling of the story. After that, I began to enjoy the story more and looked forward to seeing it progress. The ending was resolved enough that I am looking forward to the next installment, but do not feel as if I am perched on the edge of a cliff.

    There are some violent aspects that may be too intense for younger readers. I found myself cringing a bit, but no nightmares :) The love story is well-developed and not too graphic. It was one of the more believable romances I have read lately.

    Overall, I highly recommend this listen. It takes a while to get used to the differences in the presentation and writing, but that is what makes it well worth your time. If you want more of the same...look elsewhere. If you are ready for something different and fresh...give "Shatter Me" a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roman TELLICO PLAINS, TN, United States 02-16-13
    Roman TELLICO PLAINS, TN, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2011

    “Never laugh at live dragons.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

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    "I AM NOT INSANE, I AM NOT INSANE, I AM NOT INSANE"

    There are so many bad reviews of this book out there. Maybe understand where they are coming from, but just couldn't help but love this book. This isn't the first controversial book I ended up loving. (Beautiful Disaster, and Angel Fall) I enjoyed the unique, eccentric writing style. I enjoyed having an antagonist with sociopathic, homicidal tendencies. It made him unpredictable and scary. I enjoyed having a heroine that wasn't indestructible with all the right answers. Juliet was a human being breaking under the pressure of being separated from humanity basically her entire life. And I loved Adam, who was also broken as a young child, and how he relates to Juliet becoming each others anchor to reality. I loved how we as the reader get to see inside the head of someone who was emotionally unstable. Overall, this book was unique, original, intense, heartbreaking, and Shattering. I loved this book. I recommend giving it a try. Its not for everyone, but it struck all the right cords with me.

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