Audiobook Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
PJV Quickie: Are you tired of Young Adult Dystopian yet? I’m not! Bring it on! If authors keep on writing them like this, I’ll keep reading! What an amazing start of a series. Tahereh Mafi is a genius and her novel, Shatter Me,is the crème de la crème of YA novels. If you haven’t read this one yet, WTF are you waiting for?
The book starts in the midst of an internal insanity trip. It is surreal. It is overwhelming and the emotional trauma sucks you in from the first line.
I have nothing but a small notebook and a broken pen and the numbers in my head to keep me company. 1 window. 4 walls. 144 square feet of space. 26 letters in an alphabet I haven’t spoken in 264 days of isolation.
6,336 hours since I’ve touched another human being.
Meet Juliette, her touch kills. She has been in a room, without company for 264 days. Every moment is measured within her own mind. She is starving, she hasn’t bathed properly and she has no idea if she will live to see the next day. The Reestablishment rules the dying land she calls home. They are the ones that locked her in this
cell asylum. They are the ones that can choose to let her live or die. They are the ones that unexpectedly give her a cellmate roommate. A boy. Adam. A boy that is part of the plan that The Reestablishment has for her. Juliette’s touch kills. Juliette can be a weapon.
A psychological roller-coaster, Shatter Me goes from the confines of an asylum to the broad world of a dystopian nightmare. The book is both internal and very external. You live within Juliette, yet find horror within the world she lives in. Her thoughts are very methodical and rigid, almost on the verge of insanity, so she is hard to get used to, but you do feel for her. Her progression throughout the novel is refreshing and hopeful, the way she views the world, unique and with a naive but aged quality. It is very hard to describe, but I found it fascinating. It is like walking from a smoke filled room into fresh air.
Then you have the men of this novel. Adam with his many facets and the progression of Juliette’s feelings towards him. Warner and his obsession is thrilling and frightening all at once, you can almost understand his determination, yet his darkness is chilling. The characters of this novel are what make it so excellent. Yet, while they outshine everything else, the adventure, the back-story and the world creation are all top-notch. I think I went through an entire emotional gamut with this young adult dystopian novel. You don’t want to pass this one by.
Unique. Thrilling. Emotional. Just a few words to describe the experience of Shatter Me.
Fans of young adult dystopian this is a must read. If you are a paranormal romance fan this is a good transition novel, since this one is probably a bit of both, dystopian and paranormal. There are more mature themes, violence, sexual interaction and heavier emotional interactions, so I would recommend this for 15+. If you are a fan of books like Under the Never Sky & Delirium this is the book for you!
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