Series: Shatter Me #1
Published by HarperCollins on October 2nd 2012
Genres: Dystopia, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
(Part of Review Backlog 2013)
Ah Shatter Me, you either hate it or you love it. I was already preparing myself and tried to keep an open mind but from the first page, I couldn’t take it seriously. Sorry folks, I’m not a fan *shrugs*
Juliette’s touch is fatal and the Reestablishment threw her in a cell after her parents sent her away. But now it seems the Reestablishment has a purpose for her and wants to use her touch as a weapon.
Juliette, put quite simply, was a Mary Sue to me. There was little to her character and dimension. Her flaw didn’t even seem like a flaw and she was constantly dragging herself down about how her touch was devastating but we saw little of it and only in two circumstances. It downplayed the effect of her touch and I really didn’t feel her power was really scary at all because of it.
We have her two love interests – Adam and Warner. Adam is someone from her past who I can only say is Gary Stu. There was no chemistry between them at all and the romance was eye-roll inducing. Then Warner who is a little bit more interesting but a bit crazy too because he’s in love with Juliette – a girl he barely knows and has only read about. I didn’t really understand and get why they both even liked Juliette.
Now I had a lot of issues with the purple prose, it got to a point where it was making my head hurt and I really didn’t enjoy it. I am not against it but the execution of it in Shatter Me just didn’t make sense. A lot of the sentences and phrases did not need to be even used, I didn’t see the purpose for their addition.
Raindrops are my only reminder that clouds have a heartbeat. That I have one, too.
I don’t get how raindrops mean that clouds have a heartbeat?? It doesn’t make sense.
His eyes are two buckets of rainwater: deep, fresh, clear. Hurt.
Aside from the writing, the world building was nearly non-existent. We know little about the world, there are a few details about how the Reestablishment took control over the world. Disappointing, everything was mainly concentrated on Juliette, Adam and Warner.
I couldn’t take Shatter Me seriously and I do regret buying it. The purple prose and characters were unbearable to me. However I do own Unravel Me in my mistake to purchase this based on an assumption from the hype so I will be reading that although don’t expect me to change my mind.