"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
The story of this book kept me hooked, but the overuse of literary devices for every description drives me crazy. Every little detail becomes something personified or a metaphor or an overly dramatic hyperbole. This drives me crazy but I am/was interested in the story and ended up going back for the sequel...
I think the narrator probably did a good job but definitely adds a layer of drama to the already thick writing I spoke about above. Doesn't help my annoyance at that point but isn't really the narrator's fault.
I would eliminate the pen scratch across the paper after the main character weites in her book. It is annoying and distracting to the story.
The story was very engaging and well written.
The narration was great. At firat it was hard to differentiate between
Whatthe character was sayin versus thinking but she did
A fantastic job with all the characters and storyline.
No i think the ending left the reader satisfied without wrapping up every little thing.
It was just enough.
I actually really liked the weird scratching sound -- as if she were scratching out her own thoughts with her pencil. It got less and less throughout the book, which seemed appropriate, but might have happened a touch too fast for my taste.
I really enjoyed her initial fixation on the bird in flight. I don't know what the significance is, and I'm a little afraid to find out, but her focus on the bird stuck with me.
I definitely enjoyed her shooting of the bad guy with his own gun. Not enough heroines take advantage of situations like that.
The below is a critique of things I did not like about this book. In spite of that, however, I DID enjoy it all the way through, and I will be getting the second one. POSSIBLE SPOILERS BELOW!I loved the first third of this book. I was definitely okay with the second third. The final third...devolved into X-Men fanfiction, as far as I can tell. Not that I'm averse to fanfiction -- I write some myself that I hope to make original enough for publication one day. But it seems to me that our heroine is obviously Rogue, and the leader of the resistance moves things with his mind.... Also, if she's spent her whole life not touching people, you'd think that picking up a toddler would NOT be her first instinct. WHY did her parents not arm her with gloves immediately? Why is a zippered jumpsuit in shiny purple fabric necessary, when it seems that a turtleneck and jeans would do? This is a dystopian society -- do they really have the time and resources in the resistance base to make up special jumpsuits for newcomers? Also, it bugs me a bit that we find out so quickly that both her love interest AND her stalker are immune to her. I hope we find that a few other people are immune too -- that would make them less coincidentally special. I guess what bothers me most is that I completely did not see the end of this book coming. I mean, we start out in a dystopian mental institution, and we get a great feel for the brokeness of the society from there. Our heroine, while she might not have been crazy to start, is clearly headed in that direction. Then, all of the sudden, we discover she's wanted as a weapon by this twisted-tin-god-dictator-guy. Okay, fine, she doesn't want to hurt anyone, but she has to play along or her sudden love interest will get hurt. I can roll with this. And the next sequence makes sense too. Heck, even being taken to a rebellion place makes sense from there! But then the whole tone of the book changes, and it's like "Welcome to the school of misfits, where you will feel at home for the first time ever!" I grant that she did resist trusting for a bit, but the whole tone of the book changes, and it left me a little confused and disappointed.All that aside, I still recommend this book. The initial voice is unique and fabulous. The rest of the story is certainly entertaining, and the world setup is relatively convincing. Overall, decent story telling.
This was almost the worst audiobook experience that I have endured. It certainly is the worst one that I forced myself to finish.
I won't try the next one in the series.
The repeats over and over along with the buzzing/hissing was distracting at first, then annoying and certainly served no purpose(for me) other than detract from my possible enjoyment, if any.
Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.
I was quite surprised by Tahereh Mafi's amazing prose. It is beautiful to listen to. Add in exceptional depth of characters and it's not what I normally expect from a young adult listen. Kate Simses' performance is wonderful adding even more beauty and her character voices are all quite distinct so it is always easy to know just who is speaking. If you've seen the book or used Amazon's look inside feature you know that the book has an unusual style. The audio book is produced in a away to truly bring that style to life. This is one of those rare books that I was ready to give five stars 2 hours into it and that opinion never changed. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Let me take a quick second to gush over this cover. The original cover of Shatter Me did nothing for me and I almost passed over the book just because of it. When the cover was redone, I had to stop and take another look. It is absolutely stunning. I am so in love with it and the covers from the rest of the series.
Okay, now about what was inside that beautiful cover, or in my case...on the recording.
I think that had a read the physical copy of this book I may not have liked it. In fact, I am fairly convinced I would not have liked it. Why? Well, Juliette thinks in prose and metaphor. Almost exclusively. She also has an obsession with numbers, counting and eyes. She is always, always, always counting and thinking about eyes. Oh, and breathing. She thinks about breathing a fair amount as well. Then there is the weird striking out of thoughts. In the physical book there are lines that are actually crossed out, on audio it is just a bizarre zipper sound and I had to figure out what the hell was happening. I think all these things would truly have annoyed me if I had been reading rather than listening.
“Killing time isn't as difficult as it sounds.
I can shoot a hundred numbers through the chest and watch them bleed decimal points in the palm of my hand. I can rip the numbers off a clock and watch the hour hand tick tick tick its final tock just before I fall asleep. I can suffocate seconds just by holding my breath. I've been murdering minutes for hours and no one seems to mind.”
However, Kate Simses does such an amazing job performing this read that I easily slipped into the crazy mind of Juliette. Simses should win some sort of award for this read. Do they have audio book awards? They should, and she should win one. She took me to a place I don't know I would have gone in my own head.
Juliette has been imprisoned in a mental institution, left in solitary confinement, for 264 days. She has not spoken to anyone and she has not touched anyone. But not touching is a good thing since her touch is a killer. It's how she ended up in a small dank cell with only a tiny window to peak at the outside world. An outside world that has fallen to rot and famine and severe military control.
Juliette lives inside her mind, within this cell. Her mind and a scruffy notebook she scribbles thoughts in are her only companions here. Until Adam is tossed in the cell with her. Adam with beautiful eyes that hide from Juliette his true intentions on being in the cell with her.
Adam's arrival triggers a series of events that lead Juliette out of the institute and into the military where she is to be a weapon. A tool. A destructive and dangerous torture device. A device that Juliette desperately does not want to be.
Juliette is an interesting chick. She likes to believe she is not insane, but I kind of think she is. I love her none the less. She's caring and she's brave while she's terrifying and powerful beyond what she even knows. Her every day struggle to live without touching anyone or being touched, is one wild ride. She thinks she's a monster, she's been told she is by everyone but at her heart she is just a selfless girl trapped inside a venomous body. Mafi has done an extraordinary job of writing Juliette, the way her mind works and where it goes. Utterly breathtaking.
Adam and Warner are opposites in many ways yet completely the same in others. Yes, this does appear to be the beginning of some sort of love triangle. Adam being a sweet guy would be the obvious choice for a love interest. He would be a good pick but my money says there is much more to Warner (the bad guy) than his militant tyrant mask portrays. I think he's going to be breaking his fair share of young hearts by the time this series is over. My scales are slightly tipped in his favor.
On a side noet ~ Some of the other characters are fantastic. I'm a tad bit in love with James & Kenji.
“I’ve come to believe that the most dangerous man in the world is the one who feels no remorse. The one who never apologizes and therefore seeks no forgiveness. Because in the end it is our emotions that make us week, not our actions.”
The pacing, action, drama and trauma in Shatter Me kept me at the edge of my seat. I was constantly anxious to see what would happen next and pleasantly surprised at how I rarely saw what was coming.
I know this is a love it or hate it type of book and I would suggest that if you are apprehensive about reading it, sample the audio. I have fallen face first into this series and look forward to its future; counting, breathing and eyes eyes eyes included.
'Shatter Me,' is a dystopian teenage drama by Tahereh Mafi. It takes places in an apocalyptic world with members of a resistance movement front and center. The main character is a seventeen year old girl who has the special ability of being able to kill a person with her touch. There is a bit of teen coming-of-age drams and romance.
I found this world to be interesting, the writing and characters adequate. It held my interest while I was reading it although I don't think I will be doing a re-read any time soon. As it is the first book in a series I am curious to see where the author will take this story and characters...I've heard from friends that the author does build on this story and it grows in interest and intensity and the characters become more multidimensional. I plan to continue the series as my curiosity has been sufficiently aroused.
I think the narrator did a fine job with most of the characters although occasionally I took a well need break from listening to the whiny voice used for the ten year old younger brother of one of the characters.
Lost in Literature
Right up there at the top!
I really enjoyed Juliette... though I'm totally intrigued with Warner...
Yes, and it was a delight as always. :)
The entire book was intense and had my full attention!
The performance of the person reading. It would not have held near the interest in book form. And such an interesting use of descriptors. Always in the extreme and many times at opposite ends of the spectrum. I have never read anything like this. Very unusual ! The story is futuristic and about a time when the earth is more barren. But hope is found. The story is about how it is found and one young girl in particular.This is not the kind of thing I usually read but I loved this story. It had heart and soul and caring and hope for a better world.
Juliette because she was so resillient.
She read with such feeling and expression, reguardless of which character she was portraying. I seldom comment on performance unless the accent is so strong I have difficulty understanding. But to have just read this book I dont think I would have enjoyed it half as much. She made it come alive. It was real. Ahe was AMAZING!
Yes, but obviously could not.
As different as it is from what I usually read (mysteries) I would recommend taking a chance on this. The very interesting use of words in the writing and the extremely well performed reading will be worth your time.
i'm definitely going to check out the sequel to this; however, i have to admit that the writing style was weird, and the ridiculous metaphors got old about half-way through. there were some fabulous moments, but i sort of wanted to punch the 'heroine' in the throat a lot, and i'm not convinced on the romance. the story is interesting enough that i plowed through this pretty quickly, but it would never be a repeat listen for me. also, the sound effects at the beginning totally freaked me out until i figured out that they were pen-scratch strike-outs.
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