Shatter Me

Shatter Me

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Ostracized or incarcerated her whole life, seventeen-year-old Juliette is freed on the condition that she use her horrific abilities in support of The Reestablishment, a postapocalyptic dictatorship, but Adam, the only person ever to show her affection, offers hope of a better future.
ISBN: 9780062114204
Characteristics: 338 pages ;,22 cm.


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Jun 28, 2019

5 out; 6th (and final?) out in 2020.

LPL_ShKaiyaH Apr 11, 2019

Shatter me is an amazing book! I liked the book so much that I continued to read the entire series! Dystopian societies are typically a little far fetched for my liking, but the romance and plot of the entire story makes this book worth reading.

Jan 28, 2019

Shatter Me is a YA dystopian that many people still refer to as "the classic" of its kind. It is a cornerstone of YA tropes and cliches; the super special girl who's pretty but doesn't think she is, the love triangle, the dystopian future (typically society is taken over by a singular group which turns out to be evil), the misunderstandings, the interrupted love scenes... you get the point. With that being said, and having read many similar stories in the past, Shatter Me really doesn't rise above the rest- rather it gets lost in the ocean of like novels. There are several things here that bother me, besides its sameness- the ridiculously evil machinations of the villain, the constant narration by Juliette that gets slashed out (what's wrong with really saying what you feel, I'd like to know?), the sibling that acts like he's 5 when he's really 10 (I have a ten year old, and he doesn't speak or act like James in the least), the fact that Juliette is literally Rogue from X-Men, and the ridiculously young sounding narrator on the Audiobook version. That being said, there were some good things here. The plot moved along at a decent pace, and Mafi's descriptions of mundane things, particularly emotions, were original and engrossing. Juliette's character growth and her journey from scared, troubled mouse to confident, accepting fighter was gradual and believable. I might read the next- it depends on if I'm in the mood for a YA dystopian full of cliches or not.

Jan 03, 2019

Shatter me is about a girl named Juliette, she has the power to take the energy out of anyone that she touches, except for one person. She has been in a mental hospital for over a year, struggling to survive and starving day after day when she gets a cellmate for “good behaviour” and at first she is afraid and doesn’t talk. Later she becomes friendly with her cellmate, Adam and she learns that he is actually in the military, sent to investigate her so that Warner can use her as a weapon. He thinks Juliette is similar to him and forces her to kill someone to prove what she can do and he desperately tries to get her to fall in love with him. She and Adam fall in love after he takes multiple beatings for her bad behaviour, and after a drill, they escape, jumping out of a window. Nobody wants to touch her, as she will kill them, but Adam can, and Warner brushes her leg, without getting hurt. They run to Adams house while being hunted and Juliette learns Adam has a brother. After living with Adam for a short time, Adam’s friend shows up at the door, beat up, and tells them that he knows a safe place. Adam is beat up and struggles to keep up with them and gets shot. When they find him, he is badly injured but they get to the safe place Adam’s friend described. Overall I give this book a 5/5 stars because it is such an interesting concept and the characters are well developed. The author also makes you feel for the characters and I would overall greatly recommend this book.
@skybooks of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Nov 07, 2018

I liked it at first. The writing style and premise are solid. But a third of the way into the book and it’s “oho my proud beauty” “bathe her and bring her to me”...endlessly. Too much mustache twirling. Heroine starting to act like a twit, refusing food though starving, etc. I gave up

TSCPL_Miranda Oct 15, 2018

Shatter Me has a great premise, but I'm not a fan of the writing style, at all. It was a good story to occupy my mind during a flight, but I won't be continuing the series.

Jul 25, 2018

I was surprisingly shocked with how excellent of a dystopian novel this was. The layout of the setting, and atmosphere of the book gave readers an excellent feel of the story. Although there were a few things I wish were further explained, I was able to look over it considering there are two other novels. My favourite part in this story would have to be the characters. Goodness, I still can’t get over how much I love all of these characters. Tahereh Mafi created the best damaged, kind, evil, and heroic characters I have ever read about. Because of the diversity of characters, there is a great balance between good and bad. There is also a very strong romantic aspect in the story which you will love and hate, but will always be gravitated toward- trust me. Juliette is not a character I personally liked from the beginning. It was a frustrating that she just choose to break down and not try in the very beginning, but by the end she ended up being my second favourite character (Kenji still being my favourite). I think this story is an excellent introduction to what you will soon learn is a fantastic trilogy! Rating: 4/5
- @shesareader of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 11, 2018

I don't usually read dystopian fiction, but I couldn't resist giving these books a try thanks to the beautiful covers :) This series ended up being equal parts dystopian/romance/fantasy, which is probably the reason I enjoyed it so much. This series is also very character driven. Mafi writes these books from the main character's point of view, but she does so in a unique stream-of-conscious poetic/lyrical kind of way. I thought this was rare for this genre(s), so it really intrigued me. The author just received a contract to write 3 more books for this series. Book 4 came out this March(2018), and book 5 will be released in the spring of 2019! Series Order: 1)Shatter Me 1.5)Destroy Me 2)Unravel Me 2.5)Fracture Me 3)Ignite Me 4)Restore Me

Jul 01, 2018

It's a really good book. I recommend reading it.

I love this book too. It reminds me of The Hunger Games and the Red Queen series. It reminds me of the Divergent series as well. Initially, I was not into the dystopian genre, but some series like the Shatter Me series would catch a reader’s attention and encourage readers to read dystopian novels. The romance was in this book. Growth or development of some characters appeared. Characters are very interesting. It is true events would actually alter and increase your confidence level.

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Jul 10, 2015

"Laughter comes from the living. And I've never felt more alive."

Jun 08, 2015

*his eyes are 2 buckets of rain water.
deep, fresh, clear.

Jun 08, 2015

*I catch the rose petals as they fall from my cheeks, as they float around the frame of my body, as they cover me in something that feels like the absence of courage.*

Jun 08, 2015

*I blink and bottle my breaths.*

Jun 08, 2015

*something punches me in the stomach. his eyes. something about his eyes.*

Jun 08, 2015

*two three four fifty thousand pieces of feeling stab me in the heart, melt into drops of warm honey that soothe the scars in my soul.*

Jun 08, 2015

*he cracks a grin so wide, so amused, so refreshingly sincere it's like a clap of thunder through my body. something pricks at my eyes and breaks my knees.*

“I don’t understand—why won’t you talk to me?
You sit in the corner all day and write in your book and look at everything but my face. You have so much to say to a piece of paper but I’m standing right here and you don’t even acknowledge me. Juliette, please—”

Jul 11, 2014

“I spent my life folded between the pages of books.
In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”

Apr 24, 2014

"Well you're the murderer," I tell him. "So you must be right."
His smile is laced with dynamite. 'Go to sleep."
"Go to hell."
He works his jaw. Walks to the door. "I'm working on it."

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charlie181818 Feb 26, 2014

Coarse Language: This book has swearing in it.

charlie181818 Feb 26, 2014

Sexual Content: In this book there are intense romance scenes


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