Description from Goodreads: Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
Shatter Me became one of those books that has been on my to be read shelf for so long that I was nervous of reading it in case I’d hyped it up too much and it disappointed me.
I’m going to try something new and do a book discussion rather than a review, in which I’ll waffle about key points. It will contain spoilers so read on at your own peril if you haven’t read it.
I like Marmite
The first thing of note is Mafi’s writing style, which is very ‘Marmite’.
I know that a lot of my readers are from the US; I have no idea if you have glorious Marmite in the States but you are missing out if you don’t. It also forms an expression we use in Blighty to describe something which divides people and that people either love or hate, because no one finds Marmite just ‘ok’, they either love it or loate it. I like Marmite.
Mafi uses a lot of similes and metaphors which make the writing style very poetic and gives it a nice flow. It had me hooked from the first page and reeled me into the world.
There were some sentences that blew my mind, take this sentence for example:
“1,320 seconds walk into the room before he does.”
Phwoar. That line was swoonworthy. I would have been floored had I not been in bed already.
The writing style really helps you understand the depths of Juliette’s feelings and helps with the world building. That being said, there are times where they don’t quite make sense, such as:
“They filled our world with weapons aimed at our foreheads and smiled as they shot sixteen candles right through our future.”
I don’t understand it!
Mafi also used strikethroughs for Juliette’s thoughts. Again, this seems to be something that’s met with divided opinions but I liked it because it helped me really get into her character’s head.
I liked Mafi’s writing style and I respect her for doing something different. It doesn’t work for everyone but it gets two thumbs up from me. That being said, I couldn’t handle every book being written like that.
Instalove? Awh true love.
Something which isn’t mentioned in the book’s description, but is a pretty huge part of the book, is the romance. To begin with it looks like a case of instalove but as you discover the history between Juliette and Adam, it’s really sweet and awh-able. It also makes Juliette relatable because let’s be honest, we can’t relate to being able to kill people at the touch of a hand.
There were places where I felt like the romance took over from a plot a little too much though but I’m excited to see how it works out.
At a mighty convenient plot, a beaten-up Kenji appears and knows how to save the day after not really contributing much at all, other than leering at Juliette, earlier in the book. Interestingly, I was much more skeptical of Kenji than our main characters.
I’m intrigued to find out more about him in the next book.
Warner, tell me more
Warner intrigues me greatly. There’s obviously some Daddy-issues there and I want to know more about him. I expect there’s a big backstory and I want to know more. Preferably now. (I don’t mean it, don’t spoil it!)
Or is he just a nutter who wants to take over the world, Dr. Evil style?
Either way, he sounds like one of those bad-guys I might kinda like, if that makes sense?
Can I just take a minute? I need a breather.
After the halfway point the action started coming thick and fast and did not slow down. My own heart was racing as I read it and I struggled to put it down. I felt like I needed to take a rest after reading the last page.
In short: I really enjoyed Shatter Me and I’m looking forward to reading the next book to find out what happens next. I’ve heard this is a bit of an X-Men rip off but I seriously know nothing about X-Men (is it ‘The X-Men’? See, I don’t know.) so it’s all good as far as I’m concerned
What did you think of Shatter Me?