Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Cover Art: Loving the mirror-esque quality of the cover, even in paperback – this fits in with a few quotes from our main character. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t have a fondness of girls in dresses on the front cover – nothing special about that.
I had a difficult time putting this book down, which is the main reason for giving it 5/5 stars.
If you love the style of writing and enter the character through this style of writing, you will love this book. It captures you from the start. As soon as you enter Juliette’s mind, you can imagine as if you are there with her though the entire story. There are sentences throughout the book that are crossed out in Juliette’s mind, and therefore on the pages, and replaced. I found this to be a unique feature that has a certain realism to it – how often do we “edit” what we say to each other or to ourselves? The use of metaphors can be a little much at times, however. I did not find it to be overwhelming, but that aspect will bother a few readers. I found the metaphors helpful in describing what Juliette was seeing/experiencing, even though it may seem unrealistic to think like it is written.
As for the characters… Juliette is difficult to relate to at times, even though you’re basically inside her head. However, she was interesting to get to know. A broken past because of a power she cannot control [very X-Men]. The first interactions she had with Adam were fun to read and unique, considering how long it had been since she had basic human contact. I pictured Adam as Clark Kent [keeping with the whole comic book hero theme, I suppose], looks-wise, not personality. His personality, to me, fell a little flat, but maybe there will be more character development in the next book. The journey with him through the story is interesting and when you get their backstory, you can appreciate why they fell for each other seemingly quickly [or I might just be a hopeless romantic]. I absolutely loved the character of Warner, the “villain” in this story. He reminded me of Eric Northman [who is super hot!… ahem], from HBO’s True Blood, minus the fangs and thirst for blood [hmm, no comic reference there]. You can definitely see more to this character than what he appears as to his soldiers.
The story is slow to move on, but the development is so great, it’s like you are living in the world Mafi created. There are a couple of action scenes, but for this first book, it is mainly setting the story and introducing the characters. I cannot wait for the next book in this series, hoping it will be just as enrapturing as this one was.