I would just like to take a moment here and rage…
OUT OF ALL THE PSYCHO VILLAINS WE COULD PICK FROM…THERE’S A TEAM WARNER? WHAT. AND A TEAM KENJI?
GUYS STOP PLEASE.
Just because Kenji makes a move once in a while, we don’t want to be having any love decagons here.
Sorry Team Castle, Team Brendan, Team James.
There is only space for Team Adam.
Okay now that we have THAT out of the way, let me quickly tell you ’bout my mixed feelings on Shatter Me.
Annoying things about Shatter Me:
How everything is written like this
Obviously, it’s extremely annoying for the reader to see this every few paragraphs, especially when I’m getting myself settled into this new setting. But I can see why she did it, because later I realize that its’ way better than giving us a whole page on background info, or like descriptions on feelings and thoughts (which I just really really hate when a character goes all soliloquy on us, because honestly I’ve had about enough of those throughout my high school lit course.)
2. The customary YA “why me?” speech Juliette delivers to Adam during his declaration of love.
Okay, when a guy is proclaiming something like “There’s very little I wouldn’t do for you.”, that would be enough to melt me into a puddle, without having him mentally make a venn diagram about why he loves me. I don’t know, maybe I watch too much action movies these days, but when the next few pages is of Adam recounting why he insta-loved (sorry I keep forcing things into adjectives!) with Juliette- for example in seventh grade Juliette told the teacher she was cheating off on a test in order to cover up for somebody- snore snore– in fourth grade when Molly Carter- snore snore- in fifth grade when Dana came without lunch- snore snore. Yes, I think you get my point.
Redeeming qualities of Shatter Me:
1. Juliet can punch through five feet of concrete.
Even though in the beginning Tahereh Mafi makes her sound all vanilla, I think that it is absolutely insane that hot hands (quote Kenji) over here is basically a war machine, and she does things like shoot certain people in the chest and has got the skills to save certain guys.
He’s the hottest tamale on the rack, and I cannot- CANNOT fathom why anyone would vote for Warner, who is one of the sickest, most revolting villain, and anyone hanging out with him is instantly guilty by association. Adam also gets the insta-love pretty believable after the 40% mark, and what makes him stand out from other YA love interests is that he’s not completely obsessed with Juliette, and he knows his duty.
3. Kenji and James
These two are absolutely hilarious, and when fixed up with Adam, make a trio worthy of a radio station. Although Kenji always hits on Juliette (and the Team Adam in me wants to scream at him to back the hell off) he’s got me snorting milk up my nose every time.
“I don’t think you should decide until the swelling goes down,” Kenji continues matter-of-factly. “It’s only fair. I have a pretty spectacular face.”
So yeah, that’s the skimmed breakdown on Shatter Me. From the reviews I’ve read on Goodreads, I can see that this series is either a hit or miss with readers- Juliette is either too whiny, or the story is too slow. Although I am absolutely clueless about the latter because it seems to me the plot was set high on turbo most of the time and there was not a chapter that didn’t end without me having to physically restrain my hand from flipping the page.
The writing style turned out to be a hit with me as well. I know this is weird to say, but Tahereh Mafi’s style is pretty distinctive, and I’m sure I’ll be able to tell her voice apart from someone else. She chucks in a whole lotta spice by putting funky breaks in paragraphs or fragments of sentences, or just by repeating things- like
“A mechanical sound creaks/groans/cranks in the distance”
3 seconds pass.”
“Five Five Five Five Five heartbeats.”
The Dystopian setting was not like Legend or Hunger Games since there wasn’t a dominant rebellion going on- it was actually a pretty reasonable projection of the future, y’know all the bright and beautiful things like global warming, genetically modified animals, war for water, food, brainwashing etc.
However, there seems to be a slight echo of X-men at the end of the book, and that might end up really pissing me off although I haven’t read the next two books.
At this point, I just really want Adam to
I have absolutely NO REGRETS picking this up.
The Permanent Monday