Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Shatter Me occurs in a dystopian world where a myriad of events have ravaged the land and its people. Juliette has been incarcerated because she has a rare condition where, if she touches someone, she can cause pain and maybe even kill them. Thus, she has not touched anyone in 264 days, the same ones she has been locked up. We are then introduced to Adam, the male lead with whom Juliette quickly falls for (too quickly, I know she is starved for love but jeez).
I have so many issues with this book, I scarcely know where to start.
The narration: It took a great deal of self control not to throw this book at the wall. The idea was interesting, the purple prose was not. It got old really fast. Although the writing is beautiful, poetry really, it is just too much in a book. A page or 15 of it I could take, not the entire book! It was a never ending stream of consciousness with heavy (read: the entire page) doses of purple prose. The author seems to believe commas are evil or contagious because she barely uses them.
“My body is a carnivorous flower, a poisonous house plant, a loaded gun with a million triggers and he’s more than ready to fire.”
“The bed under my back is filled with broken clouds and freshly fallen snow...”
Every page is like this. It was infuriating. Every sentence had a metaphor, every page was purple prose.
And then there is the story. In the beginning, I was very interested. I was looking forward to this book when I first heard about it. After finishing it, I am so thoroughly disappointed by the complete lack of originality in this book. SPOILER: This story is exactly as that of Rogue in the X-Men. Exactly. So, when they say in the back of the book that this is a “superhero story as thrilling as the X-Men” they should replace “thrilling as” with “this is a re-telling of.”
The story had so much potential: a broken girl that is unable to touch anyone, living in her own inner world. Psych majors would have had a field day. But, this is merely a teen romance book about an boring protagonist that was just blah.
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