Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi


This is the first book in the beloved Shatter Me series. I picked this book up for two reasons. The first reason is that I have been recommended this book numerous times by different people. I mean how bad could it be if upwards of 5 people have told me to read a book? The second reason is that the cover is breathtaking, I can see this book being a total cover buy for many people.

This book follows Juliette who has been locked away from society with no contact with her family, friends, or anyone. The reason is for the safety of everyone else because her touch is deadly. Sounds really awesome right? She ends up being removed from isolation to be used as a weapon. The story follows her struggle to keep her compassion and gain her freedom with a bit some romance thrown in.

I had to say I really liked the idea of the book. It has so much potential to be an awesome SciFi, paranormal, dystopian. I personally felt that this felt flat. The main character didn’t seem to stay true to herself, what I mean by this is that sometimes it seems like she is a different person not reacting how you think she should be. There is a bit of insta-love, which I am not a fan of. I guess in a way they have a “history”, but they literally never talked before this so I wouldn’t even count it. I also feel like we were thrown into a world with no explanation of how it works really. We do get a bit, but I do not feel like it is enough for my taste and a bit rushed.

I do see why people like and enjoy this book, it is fast paced and has a great deal going for it, but it was not my taste at all. I feel like my reading has morphed over the past few months and I think if I read this when I bought it I would have liked it more. I ended up giving this book 1 out of 5 stars, but my rating is way off the average on GoodReads. It currently sits at of 4.03 from a total of 159,921 ratings. Over all I would say read a few other reviews before you pick up the book, maybe even read a preview before you make up your mind.

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