"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 avoided purchasing Shatter Me for months. In fact, I first became interested in the story when I read a review from an author I admire who loved Shatter Me. But when I tried the sample on Audible.com, I thought the narrator's voice sounded whiney and I couldn't get past the "scratch out" noise.
Then I kept finding new authors I enjoyed, and when I would read their blogs, many of them raved about Shatter Me. So then I put it in my "wish list" category and it sat there for months. I just couldn't get past the sample offered.
Finally, I downloaded the book , being too lazy to research a new book and settling on just choosing from my wish list. WOW! What was I waiting for? Shatter Me is exciting and such a good listen - - probably more so for females as far as following the main character's erratic thought process.
The narrator's voice is not whiney at all. I think the sample doesn't do Kate Simses justice. Yes, her voice is higher pitched, but after a moment or so, it's not at all annoying. And the narrator does a great job interpretting and relaying Juliet's (protagonist) internal thought process and emotions. The narrator also does decent male voices - - I just finished two separate books with horrible male voices by a female narrator so this is quite a relief.
Further, the sample (and another review on here) give the impression that the entire story is going to be full of the "scratch out" noise. I interpret this noise to be Juliet's mental stopping or scratching out of her thought process to redirect herself in a different way. In the beginning of the story, Juliet's mind isn't exactly in the most stable place, so her thoughts are more jumbled and the "scratch out" noise happens more often. However, this noise is not as overwhelming or distracting as I thought it would be, and eventually, you don't even notice it at all.
As for the story itself, it's terribly romantic - - not in a horrible gushy way, but in an appropriately steamy way. I love the relationship between Juliet and Adam. But I especially love how the antagonist (Warner) really complicates matters. I have my suspicions as far as his significance, and I can't wait for book 2 to see what happens with him.
I think the author does a great GREAT job of keeping the reader (listener) guessing as far as what Juliet's "issue" is, as well as the current state of civilization (don't want to give away spoilers) as well as a whole array of twists and surprises that actually make sense to the story and help it develop.
I read another review that complains this story is not really a Dystopian novel. I disagree. While yes, this story focuses mainly on character and relationship development, and less on formation of the Dystopian realm of the novel, the end of book 1 clearly sets up the Dystopian world that is about to be revealed to Juliet. It's basically a huge teaser, which worked on me. FYI, Book 2 is said to be set to release in February 2013.
I love books; reading them, writing them, and listening to them! Especially when I'm doing things I don't like, like dishes! ;-)
If you are a tween/teen, yes. this book would be perfect for over emotional teenagers who need constant nonsensical metaphors to describe their feelings.
The kids powers are cool.
Her voice fits Juliette; very breathy and whiney and wah wah wah, poor me, I have super powers and I can't appreciate them.
It annoyed me to know end, because like I said, it was SOOOOO over dramatic. and she is CONSTANTLY using the slash through sentences style of writing and it makes it look freaking retarded. Mafi treats sentences like they're handicapped... This book is filled with over-saturated, painful metaphors like the following:
"He says it with a small smile the size of Jupiter."
"Every organ in my body falls to the ground."
"There are 400 cotton balls caught in my windpipe."
"My mouth is sitting on my kneecaps."
"My jaw is dangling from my shoelace."
"My stomach drops onto my knees."
"I blush through my bones."
"My spine is conducting enough electricity to power a city."
"I am an old creaky staircase when I wake up."
"Warner thinks Adam is a cardboard cutout of vanilla regurgitations."
"I am not insane. I am not insane. I am not insane. I am not insane. I am not insane. I am not insane. I am not insane. I am not insane. I am not insane. I am not insane. I am not insane. I am not insane. I am not insane. I am not insane. I am not insane. I am not insane. I am not insane. I am not insane. I am not insane. I am not insane...."
and that continues on for AN ENTIRE PAGE, and I'm pretty sure it was just filler so her word count was enough for publishing!!!
Okay. There you have it.
If you want to keep the hair on your head, don't bother reading it. Or, if your maturity level is above those who read and loved 50 shades of grey, or any really BAD YA fiction. Read GOOD YA, like JOHN GREEN.
Mommy of twins
Tahereh Mafi's writing skills are on full display with the debut of her first book SHATTER ME. Wow, just...wow! What a read and so completely not what I expected (in a good way). This is one of those rare reads that truly catches you off guard. What I was (happily) expecting with this new ya novel?..To be honest...the usual light teen romance with some sort of paranormal twist. What I got was, well...so, so much more. Mafi definitely has a new fan in me.
I didn't want to put SHATTER ME down once I started it and cannot wait for the next installment. I don't really want to go into the plot here and risk spoiling anything but if you're super curious, keep reading for spoiler and a taste of what to expect with this captivating book...
The best way I can think to describe SHATTER ME, is a beautifully written dystopian novel with an x-men(ish) story for the 21st century, full of emotion, danger and adventure!
Truly a fantastic read with an equally fantastic narrator.. And if this initial book is any indication as to what's to come, the Shatter Me Series is one to be reckoned with!
The main character has repeated, repetitive, ongoing, iterative, drama-queen panic attacks that occur without explanation until the second half of the book. Not worth the wait, in my opinion. The vocabulary is limited with six favorite adjectives and a pointless gimmick. Plot and character development are nearly non-existent and what there is, is dully formulaic with a leaden sense of pacing. Overall, the book is a very disappointing effort by an author who seems to have meant well and who seems to have promising writing sensibilities. Perhaps the book would have redeemed itself in the end but I found it too painfully tedious to finish. I'm sorry I bought it and would advise others to steer clear. Some YA fiction is marvellously good quality and very rewarding reading (Treasure Island anyone?). This early draft is an undeveloped bodice ripper in training.
No, I found the recording somewhat annoying,,,lots of scritching metallic sounds, the heroine is mentally crossing out words, thoughts from her mind.
I enjoyed the story, it is a emotional teen romance.
I had trouble sometimes telling who was speaking,not to often but maybe change the voices a little more?
Yes, I listened to it all in two days.
I will read the sequel if there is one and look for more of this authors work.
I really wanted to to like this one but could not get past Mafi's writing style. I love good descriptive prose, but when you overuse it, it totally loses it effectiveness, and that is how I felt about this one. And the flowery descriptions were used for all things big and small. If the main character had gotten a paper cut. Mafi would have described it by saying something like "and the pain shot through my finger tip like a thousand biting fire ants". After a while, I found myself rolling my eyes...over and over again. I don't know if I've EVER actually rolled my eyes at an audio book before!
Mafi built a romance that was fairly believable. She gave the characters a history that made it easy to accept their feelings for each other. What was hard to accept was the obsession the heroine had with her beau's looks. I mean, they are basically in the middle of a war, and all the heroine can think about is how HOT the guy is. She says things like, "his body...built of bricks of desire". Gag! I would have sworn this was a Harlequin Romance!!
As equally annoying was the reaction every male had to the heroine. Every man this girl, who by the way hasn't eaten much in a year and must weigh all of 70 pounds, meets falls for her. I much prefer a more modest heroine, or at least one who seems deserving of such adoration.
If you still want to try this one, I'd opt for reading it rather than listening to the audio book. The author shows her heroine's true feelings by SCRATCHING out her words and replacing them with a less truthful line, and the audio offers an awful SCRATCH sound when this happens, which is often. Also, the heroine is a bit nuts (which I like and actually wish there was more development of) and in one scene she repeats the same word probably 30 times, and in an audio...that's VERY annoying.
Overall, this is one I cannot recommend. I do applaud Mafi for trying something new with her descriptive voice, and some descriptions were very pretty, but like I said before, by the end of the story, the good ones lost their power because they were sandwiched between dozens of unnecessary ones.
I have listened to this narrator before in the Matched series and found her blank and monotone sounding but in this book she is fantastic! I love her male voices and the emotion she conveys through the main character. I would have liked there to be more dialogue development before the main characters fell in love with each other however. It just seems a little over the top because we weren't able to see them learn about each others lives too much to see their connection. I like the ending for this story. It sets it up very nicely for a dystopian world.
I was utterly drawn into the book from the opening scene. I loved the scratched journal. I felt that the inner dialogue was raw and original. I couldn't wait to hear more of Juliet's inner turmoil and fight. I didn't want to put the story down. However, I was a bit disappointed by the 2nd half of the book, as the stylistic thoughts of the character vanish and the narration becomes more simple and average. I think I would still recommend this novel, as it's opening is quite unique, but would be ready for a rapid "rap it all up" section at the end.
Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!
The beginning in the prison. Wow.
She utilizes the timbre in her voice beautifully. It gives the various characters life!
I really loved Juliette. She evolved beautifully in the novel, it was inspiring. I also love a good love story.
Can not wait for the next book to come out!!!
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.
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