Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: (Shatter Me #1)
Published: November 15th 2011 by Harper/HarperCollins

Riveting dystopian world? Not much. A thrilling superhero story? For now, hardly. An unforgettable heroine? Almost.


I like this book. I still think that it didn’t live up to the hype but it did exceed my expectations. Frankly, I was bit surprised that I ended up liking it. I didn’t find any resemblances to the Hunger Games but I agree that there’s a bit X-Men going on with the story. Think of them as mutants, with various powers; from deadly touch to invisibility. But that part (about them, these special humans) wasn’t detailed—yet.

Now going back to the description from the back cover of the book. It wasn’t really a riveting dystopian world for me. I think whatever that was here are pretty much tackled—a lot of times. Chaotic? Authoritarian? And rebellion? These were also much present in other dystopian books. So I find the world a bit bland. Like ok, so it does have the same problem as the others. What’s new? The only thing that made a bit different for me is people like Juliette. So world building for me is quite average. Not bad but definitely not riveting as it claimed it to be.

And just like other book series, first book is just an introduction. So I find the first half a bit slow. Juliette moping, feeling horrible for herself, then the whole Adam love sick internal monologues. One thing I like about their relationship it wasn’t love at first sight. Well, according to Adam he was observing her back when they were kids and he saw how kind she was to others without expecting kindness in return. I still find it…unrealistic. But what the heck, ok, Adam I’ll pretend that I get you, so just to establish that your love is not skin deep. And hormones.

Juliette is just too…lyrical. I mean she want to bath her soul to the blue of his eyes??!! (And that’s just tip of the iceberg, there far more profound than that one). I was like whoa, that’s deep girl. I mean, I’m ok with metaphor but man, this one got millions of it, to the point I find it ridiculous. Can you please cut it down? Even a little bit? Pretty please.

On the bright side, this made her memorable for me. Yep, the metaphor. But as a heroine she’s not that striking. For someone who has deadly touch she’s pretty weak for me. But I’ll forgive her. So maybe this is only the start, but can’t blame me drawing that conclusion. Pretty much half of the book was about her feeling sorry for herself.

But you know why I gave it for four stars despite I’m saying a lot of negative things about it? Because what I really love about this book were the characters. I gave it four solid stars because of them. Yes, Juliette is pretty bland for me, as well as Adam. Typical hero/heroine but I can see potential in them. That they could grow. I want to Juliette to grow a pair; the later part showed she’s capable of that. So I’m clinging to that. I want Adam to have more personality rather than what he was here—typical male lead. And please wear shirt. Thanks.

Now Warner. Yes, he’s evil. He’s the bad guy. But I like him. He’s a type of character just will leave a huge impact on you regardless what he did, or how little you’ve seen him. He acts like a douchebag but he’s not. Like he owes it. You want to hate him but you can’t. Because there’s something more to him. His character was too authentic that it made him favorable. And he obviously got my vote.

Now Kenji, he’s funny. And no, he isn’t just a comic relief. He, for me, stand out more than Adam. Like Warner his character was well crafted. Even if I just read the dialogue I know instantly who was talking. Because I knew him. I knew Kenji. That’s made him memorable (as well as Warner).

I find it ironic that supporting characters have more personality than the lead ones. But like I said, I’m giving them a chance. I’m kind you know.

Shatter Me is a good read. In spite my nitpickiness I can genuinely say I enjoyed it. Perhaps, you could too.

PS. And I thought you can’t overuse strikethrough...until I read this!