My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I recieved an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley in return for an honest review.
I’ve wanted to read Shatter Me for a long time and when I saw it available on Netgalley ahead of the release of the fourth book in the series, “Restore Me” in March 2018, I knew I had to request it.
I’m glad I did finally read it, but I also wish I had read it back in 2011 when it was published, before the YA market was saturated with dystopian fiction. The three star rating I’ve given in this instance is wholly based on my personal enjoyment of reading this book at this point in time, perhaps unfairly. I know that if I had read this in 2011 I would have raved about it as much as I raved about Hunger Games. The truth is, I’ve become a little tired of the YA dystopian genre because of the same tropes that appear time and time again in every story.
Shatter Me opens with Juliette in a secure prison, thrown in there by the Restablishment for accidentally killing a person with her touch. Juliette cannot touch another human without fatal consequences and it isn’t long before the Restablishment decide they might be able to use her as a weapon against the enemies of their cause.
I loved Tahereh Mafi’s writing style. I found it almost effortless to zip through the story and I felt invested in the characters within the first couple of chapters. I liked the backstory between Juliette and Adam, but I enjoyed the weirdness of Warner a lot more. I thought his obsession with power and with Juliette was very well written. He seemed almost to be on the brink of insanity which lent an exciting unknown entity to the plot.
I found some aspects of the story difficult to read. I never enjoy reading about children in danger, or being hurt and those parts of this book almost caused me to stop reading. I found it really disturbing and it just didn’t seem to be a necessary part of the story.
I did enjoy the X-men feel to the end of the book, and because of this I think I will end up finishing the series. The next book in the series was set up nicely and I need to know what happens to Juliette, Adam and Warner.
Shatter Me doesn’t add anything new to its genre, but it is a very strong YA dystopian read.