By MERIAM TOUI, Guest Writer
After having accidentally murdered someone, Juliette is thrown in a jail cell for a touch that has the power to kill. Now that the Reestablishment is trying to take over, they decide she can be used to their advantage. Enter Adam, perfect in every way and the one person that can truly get to her. For the first time in years, she feels like she’s found someone. Warner, on the other hand, needs her to fight by his side. She must decide how to use her power – to fight for the Reestablishment, or for what she believes in.
Seems predictable when I put it like that. But it really was a good read, especially for young adults. The hype this book received, compared to other debuts, was phenomenal. Anything with a movie deal in the works before the first book in a trilogy even comes out is worth looking into. And after giving up a night of sleep to finish this, I finally understood, or at least, made the attempt to.
Shatter Me had its faults, there was no denying that. The writing style was different, to say the least. Mafi’s good, I’ll give her that. She has a way with words that I’ve never seen before, especially in Young Adult lit. It’s poetic, and it has a certain flow to it that keeps me flipping pages.
No less than 10 metaphors per page, which I found odd for someone that’s been locked up in a cell and hasn’t had much to compare anything to. Either this became less and less throughout the book, or I stopped noticing the style and had grown used to it.
This may or may not bother some but it almost ruined the book for me. The love interest had no faults, none that I could see anyway. Adam was one of the only people to be able to touch her, he was a gentleman in every way but was able to remain passionate, heroic, and beautiful all at once. It made him less real. Sure I loved him, what’s there to not love? But that’s exactly it. Faults make characters real and he wasn’t to me.
But then again, maybe it’s a fine line that an author must stay firmly on. For example, I couldn’t stand the fact that Juliette’s favorite hobby was to blush at inopportune times. She also loved to gasp at any comment, surprising or not. When she wasn’t gasping, she was blushing some more. Whether the situation called for it or not, that was beside the point.
As a courageous, supposedly brave, and powerful character, this was an odd personality trait. One second she’s aiming a gun at someone’s face, the next she’s looking away, blushing at a trivial comment.
I feel like I’ve ranted about all the reasons why this book shouldn’t be read when in reality, I enjoyed it wholeheartedly. It was a good book with a captivating story line, good characters, and had me up in the early hours of the morning finishing it.
The second installment in this trilogy, Unravel Me, comes out February 5.