A review by emmastential_crisis
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi


I am a notoriously slow reader, and I sort of regret seeing this book through to the end.

Maybe it’s just me, or maybe it’s Juliette’s whiny, overly poetic first-person view. I don’t like the fact that after reading this book, I still have a very limited idea of what this world is like.

And that’s why I don’t love first-person writing, because Juliette is used to this apocalyptic/dystopian world, and so are we, the readers, through her view.

All I know about the Shatter Me world is that: birds are dying/dead, crops are scarce, and weather is wacky. That is pretty much it.

I also felt as though nothing happened in this book, even though tons of stuff did actually happen. Honestly this book was constantly, oh hey, this place isn’t safe, let’s go here instead. Rinse and repeat that four times, and you’ll have finished Shatter Me.

I thought that there would be more tension between Juliette and Adam over the fact that they cannot touch. Oh, wait, he’s immune to her power. Of course he is. It felt cheap and unearned.

I know that the ending was supposed to make me excited for what comes next for the characters, but I really couldn’t care less. I hate to say it. We’re introduced to way too many characters in the last twenty pages or so, that it felt like I was getting whiplash.

I loved the beginning, with the way she would strike through her truest thoughts, but even that went by the wayside in the last half of the book.

Idk, I think I really wanted to like this series, but I’ve learned the hard way to not force myself to read more of a series if I don’t vibe with it.

Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh. I have no idea what to read next.