REVIEW: Shatter Me (novel) by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter-Me-coverShatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

My rating: 3 of 5 stars (more like 3.5, really)


Let me just say that I actually care about grammar and punctuation. I don’t like to shorten words out of laziness (twitter has apparently made it essential at times), and it annoys me when other people don’t bother to correct their mistakes.

With that said, it took me a while to get into the writing style of this book, basically, because, being that this is in first person perspective, the character is known for describing things in run-on sentences. Constantly. Constantly. Constantly. Oh yes, and the repeated words or phrases were hard for me to get used to as well. Actually, I might not be quite used to them even now. Plus, there’s the strikeout phrases/words that I’ve never seen before in a book that’s unique, interesting, and a little annoying at times. I’m not sure how I feel about those either.

Still, I found myself interested in why this girl, Juliette Ferrars, was disregarded the way she was and why she was able to do the things she was able to do.

I found myself wondering why she was connected to Adam Kent in various ways and how it couldn’t have been a coincidence that he was immune to her.
(How dreadful to know that the only way to find out if someone was immune to her was to have to physically find out.)

There were many times where I had to control myself and remember that the girl is only 17 years old and that she’d naturally have major insecurities about herself, because I wanted to yell at her to stop being so doubtful of herself. Especially when it came to Warner.

Oh Warner. What a painful person, in more ways than one. Sure, he’s bitter and hateful and willing to torture children and we shouldn’t feel sorry for him, but somehow you know there’s something he’s hiding that once you find out what it is, your heart might just hurt for him. It’s thrilling in a way to see that there’s more to these people than just being evil – that they’re still human beings.

But Warner isn’t Adam. And knowing about Adam’s past, you’d think he could’ve been just like Warner. Now there’s something that the author wants you to wonder about, I think. How is it that despite Adam’s childhood, that he still seems to be a really good person, whereas you can only assume that Warner had just as bad a childhood (but you don’t know what exactly that entails)?

What I love about this story, and you don’t find out about it until the final few chapters is the element that got me really excited for the future books, because really, I love the fact that it looks like this is going into the superheroes/X-Men/Avengers field because I love all that, but I actually don’t read the comics (sadly).

It’s like she’s Rogue from the first X-Men movie finding out there’s a bunch of others like her! I know the author probably won’t go exactly in that same direction, but still, I’m really excited to see if this will all come together in a fabulous ensemble-like way, especially when it comes to any battle scenes.

Or if it will just be Juliette having to fight off Warner on her own (in her sexy form-fitting superhero purple outfit, I might add). Will Adam come into play in this? Does he have a power that he has yet to manifest? How about Warner? Does he have a power, too? Will Juliette ever tell Adam about what happened with Warner or will he find out on his own? So many questions.

I’m almost afraid to say that it’s not truly a complete book because it has so much story left to tell. But at least it’s not a cliffhanger, so I give it that much credit.

The only reason I didn’t give it 4 stars here is because of all that I said in the beginning of this review. Fortunately, the second half of the book is not as inundated what all that because Juliette’s thoughts become more clear and centered. I suppose that was the whole point of it, so you can understand how scrambled it got in her head, and maybe she was going a little insane.

Luckily, Adam was there for her. Thanks, Adam, you wonderful boy, you!

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By Nat, the Geek Girl

Southern California native who likes movies, books (Shadowhunter Chronicles, NA, YA fantasy, Red Rising series), TV shows (The Sandman), and San Diego Comic-Con. I also like to write, but don't get to do much of that aside from on here. I fell into the BTS rabbit hole, and I refuse to leave.