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Shatter Me Hardcover – Nov 15 2011

4.3 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (Nov. 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062085484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062085481
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.6 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #263,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PRAISE FOR SHATTER ME:“Addictive, intense, and oozing with romance. I’m envious. I couldn’t put it down.” (Lauren Kate, New York Times bestselling author of FALLEN)

“Rip-roaring adventure and steamy romance scenes, with a relationship teens will root for as much as they did for Bella and Edward. Inventive touches propel the story, such as strikeouts that reveal Juliette’s inner thoughts. The final chapters leave Juliette, Adam, and Warner well poised for round two.” (Booklist)

“Mafi combines a psychological opener with an action-adventure denouement in her YA debut. This is a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Fans of Cashore’s Fire, Oliver’s Delirium, and, yes, Twilight will find this addictive.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

“Teens will feel satisfied yet wait impatiently for more.” (School Library Journal)

EARLY PRAISE FOR UNRAVEL ME:“Unravel Me is dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense. I dare you to stop reading.” (Kami Garcia, New York Times bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures novels)

About the Author

Tahereh Mafi is a girl. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Orange County, California, where the weather is just a little too perfect for her taste. When unable to find a book, she can be found reading candy wrappers, coupons, and old receipts. Ignite Me is the final novel in a trilogy about Juliette.

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Format: Paperback
Pros: brilliant writing, sympathetic protagonist, open to sequels, very fast read, hard to put down

Cons: some plot twists depended on remarkably good luck/coincidence, ending implies Juliette made a choice she didn't actually make (yet)

For Parents: some sexual content (kissing +, but no actual sex), some language, some violence

Seventeen year old Juliette can't touch people without causing them pain and ultimately killing them. Three years ago she forgot this truth and had an accident that still haunts her and sent her to solitary confinement at an insane asylum.

Her hellish life changes when she's given a cellmate, a boy named Adam who looks familiar.

This is a book about power, control and sanity. Juliette is surprisingly strong for a woman who's close to losing her sanity due to this power she cannot control. When she comes under the power of the clearly insane Warner, who wants to use her ability to torture and kill those who defy the Reestablishment, the new global world order, she has to make some tough decisions.

Mafi's dystopic world is horrific, one in which people have given up what freedoms remained to them after the plants and animals became so polluted that eating them meant poisoning themselves. The Reestablishment promised hope, but delivered a totalitarian regime in which a few live in luxury while the rest suffer.

The writing is brilliant. Like with Patrick Ness's The Knife of Never Letting Go, Mafi knows the rules of writing and breaks them in delightful ways. Each word is chosen with care, as the protagonist makes the most unusual - but intelligent - metaphors.

Juliette is an intriguing character who is immediately sympathetic.
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I loved the way the book was written! I loved the striked text, and I especially loved all the things that didn't make sense. The woman had been locked up for almost a year, I would've been disappointed if she were totally normal. Even the lack of commas and the repetition worked for me - she was going crazy. It wasn't supposed to make sense the whole time.

But it just got worse as I kept reading. The reason why I didn't put it down was because I couldn't go to sleep without knowing whether or not the story got better. I was really praying it would.

Well, it didn't.

I finished it and I have no urge to purchase the second one. Movin' on.

If you really loved Divergent (like I did), don't start here to cure your Tris/Tobias/Dystopia hangover. I didn't care about the characters. I didn't care about the world they lived in. It has many of the same elements but it's nowhere near comparable.

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Format: Hardcover
***3.5/5 Stars
Though I enjoyed reading Shatter Me, I don’t quite understand all the hype surrounding it. Tahereh Mafi’s writing style struck me as pretty standard – aside from the crossing out of words which I was only indifferent to. There was just nothing that wowed me about her writing, it was just…good. It made me want to keep reading, yet didn’t give me the I-can’t-put-this-down feeling.
The story itself has been told before. It’s the Hunger Games meets the X-Men. Including the Hunger Games world where citizens are supressed and living on a dying earth, and the X-Men as Rogue is identical to Mafi’s character, Juliette, and “Omega Point” is a blend between Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters and District 13.
With all of these parallels, I still enjoyed reading this story. It presented some plot twists but nothing completely spectacular, it was not entirely predictable, though some parts were very obvious, and all of the characters seem to be standard YA paranormal romance characters: Juliette is insecure about herself but is crucial to the fate of the world because of her power, Adam is mysterious, incredibly capable (even though he is 17 years old), speaks in a “husky” voice at times, and very easily and quickly falls completely in love with the heroine.
I know it sounds like I’m ripping on this book, but I really did enjoy reading it. I just don’t understand all of the hype about it – it’s not THATTTT original or suspenseful. It’s just “pretty good”.

Also, if you are planning on buying the entire series, make sure you get the newer cover for this first book (the one with the eye on it) just so that it matches the other covers in the series :3
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Format: Paperback
Okay, wow, this cover is absolutely gorgeous! I'm soooo glad that I have a hardcopy of this book and not an eBook. Now that that's out of my system...

Shatter Me was a very good read. I was instantly into the story and kept turning those pages. The story was very interesting and kept me guessing, while always keeping me on my toes and intrigued. I have heard many, many, many great things about this book, so my expectations were definitely high. I felt that Shatter Me (mostly) lived up to my expectations.

The characters were good and well-developed. I really liked Juliette (the narrator and main character). She felt so real to me. I felt like I knew exactly where she was coming from at every moment. A very well developed character, for sure. Though we don't know too much from her recent past, we discover hidden truths from her childhood and are able to really grasp who she is as a person. And who she is is a teenage girl who is afraid of her own touch. She can kill people with her touch. She has killed with a mere touch. She starts out as this afraid girl who has been locked up all by herself in this very strange-sounding place. But, she is able to get past her fears and grow throughout the novel.

Adam, the love interest is not as well developed. But, I feel like we get a decent sense of who he is. He is strong, yet sensitive, and really seems to care about Juliette. Though, at times I found myself questioning his motives. Whether this was intentional...I won't say anything else because of possible spoilers. I did like his character though, but I wish he would have been slightly more developed.

The writing is unique and different. It was refreshing. There is a lot of strikethroughs and a lot of repetition.
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