Queen of Tarts Review of
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Yay! This book is out in paperback today! I own it in hardback, cause I’m a sucker for pretty covers and unique sounding plots. I remember starting this story and thinking I would read a few chapters and go to bed, then getting sucked into the storytelling and not looking up until I finished Shatter Me at 1am! It hooked me within the first few pages.
This paranormal young adult novel is set in a not too distant dystopian future where The Reestablishment controls peoples lives. Animals are dying, crops aren’t growing and the weather is a mess because of pollution. The Reestablishment promised safety and security. Its a shiny hope and once people believed and turned control over , the rights of the individual were chipped away in the name of peace. Sounds scarily possible.
Juliette sucked me into her world. I haven’t read a book with this storytelling style before, but I just went with it. Shatter Me is written in first person and it feels like you’re in her head. Her thoughts skip around a bit and there are repetitive parts that drive home a point, and the strike out tool (where words are actually scratched out) when Juliette is trying to forget something or correct a thought. I felt it was effective in showing how her mind works. I liked how lyrical and poetic her thought pattern could be.
Juliette thinks she might be crazy, She’s been locked in a mental institution for 264 days. 264 days of silence, no one to talk to, no one to touch. Not that touch was something she got much of before… Her touch causes other people pain, and even death. Then into her silent prison comes a cellmate, Adam, and she starts to wake up.
“I thought everyone in here was insane,” he continues. “I thought they’d locked me up with a psycho.”
I take a sharp hit of oxygen. “Funny. So did I.”
3 seconds pass.
He cracks a grin so wide, so amused, so refreshingly sincere it’s like a clap of thunder through my body. Somethings pricks at my eyes and breaks my knees. I haven’t seen a smile in 265 days.
The story follows her journey to freedom, to discovering who she is and what she can become. I enjoyed the ride. I got swept up in her futuristic world, where the earth is extremely messed up and people are suffering without hope for a future. But there is always hope. Give Shatter Me a try. Go along for the trip. I did. And I am eagerly waiting for Unravel Me out in February and I while writing this I saw that I missed the novella! So, I fixed the uh-oh and downloaded Destroy Me just now 🙂
The Queen of Tarts
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Release date: Oct. 16, 2012 |
Publisher: HarperCollins | Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Tahereh Mafi (Author)
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