"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
Prefers the ocean to deserts, prefers laughter to tears, and will take a good story any day. Discovering a great story? Even better.
I can't believe there are so many good reviews for this book!
For me, at the very basic level, there are two key parts of a book - the writing and the story. For audiobooks, there's also the performance. In this case, it is an interesting story, bogged down by frustrating, overdramatic writing and metaphors. Halfway through the book I had to look it up online to see reviews to figure out what the irritating scratching sound was. It sounded like a gimmick and it drove me crazy. I hoped, hoped, hoped that it would have a solid purpose or reason for being included in the audio.
Apparently in the written version, there are words that the protagonist says, that are then crossed out as she rephrases her thoughts, her words, etc. In the audio book it is denoted by a scratching sound. Something I didn't know until I looked it up. It's also something I wished they had left out.
The benefit to looking it up though is that a reviewer on Amazon decided that every time there was an over the top metaphor, readers should drink. It made me laugh as I listened because otherwise I would have been rolling my eyes. Although if I had tried this, I would have been drunk in 10 minutes. In the first Anne of Green Gables books, Anne is over the top as a young girl with her flowery, poetic words. Unlike the early Anne, the protagonist in Shatter Me is not 12, she's 17. Used sparingly, metaphors can be great, filled with insight about the character or the situation. Used every other sentence, they become laughable or frustrating.
Unfortunately, I won't be continuing with the series because there's better writing, and better stories I would prefer to read/listen to.
I really liked the story a lot but honestly,it was a novel length poem. There were to many over dramatic metaphors for me and after a while found myself rolling my eyes. NO 17 YEAR OLD TALKS LIKE THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
She was awesome! she performed each of the characters and gave them a voice
I enjoy reading series and very rarely read stand alone series. I mostly read romance and sci-fi & fantasy.
This was probably one of the most difficult books i have ever read. It was just hard. In the audiobook there is this scratching sound that occurs every once in a while that is very annoying. I could live with that. It was mostly the narrator that made it so bad for me.
She tried to hard to be something she wasn't and It made the book so hard to get through. I couldn't even finish it. That has only happened twice before where I couldn't finish a book. And in each case it comes down to a good narrator.
If I had to give my opinion I would say don't waste your time, money/credit on this book. I can't even tell you what it is about because I don't even know. I got pretty far in the book before I had to quit and start another one. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone and would warn them off from reading this.
The repetitive words were driving me crazy. There was a point in chapter 4 where there was this long pause and the girl saying over and over again "I am not crazy" not once or twice but on and on and on. It was annoying. She is also apparently writing in her journal but there are these scratching noises in the back ground every once in a while. Not necessary. Then she is talking to herself in almost poetry format and then switches back to dialog its strange. I am glad I was able to return this.
Take out the back ground scratching noise and she is writing or scratching things out in her journal. Change the cadence of the narrator as she reads so it does not sound like disjointed poetry.
I like the idea behind this book and found it interesting. However, I got tired of how the author repeats everything. Repeats everything two or three or four times. Repeating. Repeating. Repeating.
Billed as a Science Fiction novel, this teen romance drips with melodrama, hyperbole and teenage angst. It's also repetitive,boring, irritating and embarrassing to any adult who'd rather forget their awkward adolescence. I couldn't finish it.
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.
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