Shatter Me [Book Review]

BLURB

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster

I’m more than human

My touch is lethal

My touch is power

I am their weapon

I will fight back

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.

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3 stars

Interesting premise, not so good execution, but still ok in the end.

Shatter Me is a story set in a dystopian world, a seeming future where humans have relinquished power to an extremist government, follows a girl whose causes extreme pain with her touch, a power that can be lethal and which could make her a weapon in the wrong hands — at least that its mainly supposed to be. Not saying its a horrible book, its actually quite nice, but it felt flat in a couple of ways.

The world building was great. It was interesting to see the world Juliette lived in, it almost seemed relatable giving it was somewhat based on global warming and the destruction of environment and also the greed of politicians, but the writing killed some of the buzz.

Although I’m a fan of poetic writing, and I prefer it to a simple one —which is also great when done right — but the writing in Shatter Me sometimes strayed to being purple prose-ish, and I absolutely dislike purple prose. The style it followed wasn’t my only problem with the writing, it was the cancelations. I hated them, when the writing seemed to flow you just happen to come across them. Was that annoying? It was right.

Fair enough, at a stage it didn’t prove to be much of a problem anymore, I got somewhat used to it and began to consider perhaps some unique writing style, but sometimes it still managed to bug me. Another thing I found a little annoying, was the repetition. It got on my nerves a bit.

All in all, despite the not so good writing, with the plot and the characters, Shatter Me was still an entertaining book.

Too little sci-fi and a little too much romance.

Ok, I have nothing against romance in sci-fi books or any book in particular, and even in this one, but there was a little too much focus on the brewing romance between Juliette and Adam, and the love triangle than what was actually going on in their world. It seemed like everything, or almost everything had been condensed to Juliette choice of a lover, rather than issues in her world. Now, its important to see things through a character’s eyes, to know how their feelings, but Juliette’s feelings were too caught up with a boy, than a world she should supposedly be changing. There was some action, as expected, some elements of a science fiction, but the romance took too much screen time.

The characters were nice…

I loved the characters, especially Kenji. He’s my little sarcastic muffin. I liked the main character, Juliette, too and the love interests; although Warner was my favourite, he was consistent but sometimes he seemed more insane than bad, which made me a tiny bit uneasy. Juliette herself was an ok character, but I felt some of her character growth wasn’t all too realistic. It seems too fast, going from 1-100 in like 1 second.

Overall, it was an entertaining read, but it was a little disappointing.

I enjoyed reading Shatter Me, it was entertaining but fell too short for me. I’ll still be reading the next book in the series, because it was nice enough.

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7 thoughts on “Shatter Me [Book Review]

  1. Yes, Kenji! And the writing develops along with Juliette, so it’s majorly improved within the next books. But I can’t tell you too much about that because spoilers 🙂

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    1. i’ve already started reading the next book (i have absolutely no control) and the writing seems a little better so far, but i’ll your word for it and so many discoveries so far.

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  2. I am super on the fence with this one because I hear a lot of pretty average ratings which that’s not the problem but it’s the point of there being too much romance or that Juliette isn’t really the best MC….but…I also really kinda want to read it because I hear so much about Kenji lol. So the jury is still out on this one but I really liked your review!

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  3. Honestly Kenji is the best thing about this trilogy, haha. I recently read Shatter Me (and rthe following 2 books) and I haven’t really formulated my thoughts yet but I found myself nodding with your review. It was a fast paced read and overall enjoyable, but it was fluffy for me and knowing what I do about future ships I was honestly kind of uncomfortable? But I found Adam kind of boring too so I don’t even know haha.

    I loved the writing style, though. Great review!

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