A review by bisquii
Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi
- Plot- or character-driven? Character
- Strong character development? No
- Loveable characters? It's complicated
- Diverse cast of characters? No
- Flaws of characters a main focus? No
For a dystopia, the world building is very underwhelming, and for a romance, both of Juliette’s love interests are like walking Red Flags (not to mention they are only in love with what she represents to them tbh).
However, I really enjoyed Juliette’s character and her development! She’s consistent in her personality and, in the face of literally everyone and their dog telling her what to do, she calculates all her options and uses her own judgement to make her choices. That’s rare for a female character! I found her sense of loyalty and trust issues to be incredibly consistent and relatable! Her POV really elevates this series.
Graphic: Abandonment, War, Violence, Vomit, Toxic relationship, Toxic friendship, Torture, Suicidal thoughts, Slavery, Sexual harassment, Police brutality, Physical abuse, Panic attacks/disorders, Murder, Mental illness, Medical content, Kidnapping, Injury/injury detail, Gun violence, Grief, Gore, Genocide, Gaslighting, Forced institutionalization, Emotional abuse, Death, Cursing, Confinement, Classism, Child death, Child abuse, and Bullying