I'm so glad I picked up book 3 today... Reading will commence at 7.55am sharp.
I don't know what I expected but it cerOF COURSE I finish this at 11pm.
I'm so glad I picked up book 3 today... Reading will commence at 7.55am sharp.
I don't know what I expected but it certainly wasn't what I got. I don't mean that in a bad way, though. I'm thoroughly sucked into the world Ness has created, and I'm loving every second of it....more
Like others have said, the ending was a little too 'neat' and abrupt for my liking, but the story was fast, full of action and kept my atte4.5 stars.
Like others have said, the ending was a little too 'neat' and abrupt for my liking, but the story was fast, full of action and kept my attention throughout. I loved the characters, many of whom carried on / resurfaced from book 1 (Inside Out) although the continual wavering of loyalties was irksome. A good baddie is always interesting, and the Outsiders were that indeed.
An awesome series by Maria Snyder, I cant wait to read more of her work! I do wish this series wasn't over though... Ah, the downside to addictive books ;o)...more
*Please note: The quotes used below are taken from an Advanced Review Copy of the book. The content may differ in the actual published version.
When I*Please note: The quotes used below are taken from an Advanced Review Copy of the book. The content may differ in the actual published version.
When I began reading 'Shatter Me' I wasn't too sure what to expect. It helped that only two of my fellow Goodreaders had read the book, one who loved it and one who didn't love it, so I went into it feeling fairly neutral and open minded.
I will say here and now that I was absolutely hooked from the very first line. This review will be a long one - there are so many passages that gripped me, and I want to share them with you. Tahereh Mafi has such a beautiful writing style - it was lyrical, so different and unique and utterly original. I loved the way she was able to convey Juliette's conflicting emotions, you know, head versus heart, or "this is what they tell you but this is how it is", with the way she struck out words or lines, for example;
It's a home, a center for troubled youth, for neglected children from broken families, a safe house for the psychologically disturbed. It's a prison.
The way she described emotions and feelings by comparing them to nature conjured up some gorgeous imagery, and she did it in such a great way, constantly leaving me entranced. A couple of examples;
The sun drops into the ocean and splashes browns and reds and yellows and oranges into the world outside my window. A million leaves from a hundred different branches dip in the wind, fluttering with the false promise of flight. The gust catches their withered wings only to force them downward, forgotten, left to be trampled by the soldiers stationed just below.
I step into the slight breeze and clutch a fistful of wind as it weaves its way through my fingers. Bliss unlike anything I've ever known. The air is crisp and cool. A refreshing bath of tangible nothing that stings my eyes and snaps at my skin. The sun is high today, blinding as it reflects the small patches of snow keeping the earth frozen. My eyes are pressed down by the weight of the bright light and I can't see through more than just two slits, but the warm rays wash over my body like a jacket fitted to my form, like the hug of something greater than a human. I could stand in this moment forever. For one infinite second I feel free.
Sometimes sentences are long and without commas which I had initially thought was a grammatical oversight, however I was quick to realise it was just a tool to allow the reader to grasp Juliette's reactions and better understand her emotions. Words were repeated when she's nervous, excited, scared etc.;
His lips his lips his lips his lips his lips
(go figure which of the three this is, ha!)
I think this is something that readers are going to either love or hate. I personally am for the former, I just felt as though it made Juliette feel that much more real, it was clever. Everything flows, the transitions are easy, I just couldn't get enough of it.
When we are first introduced to Juliette, she is broken. She has been kept locked away, in solitary confinement, for 264 days. She was trying to help an innocent person and despite her good intentions, they ended up dead. She feels so alone, her thoughts are filled with sorrow and fear - my heart broke for her. Despite everything she's been through, though, she's so good. She doesn't hate, yes, she's confused, but she is still so human. She doesn't wallow in self pity, she just wants change. She wants to love. She wants to feel wanted.
I always wonder about raindrops. I wonder about how they're always falling down, tripping over their own feet, breaking their legs and forgetting their parachutes as they tumble right out of the sky toward an uncertain end. It's like someone is emptying their pockets over the earth and doesn't seem to care where the contents fall, doesn't seem to care that the raindrops burst when they hit the ground, that they shatter when they fall to the floor, that people curse the days the drops dare to tap on their doors. I am a raindrop.
Sometimes I think the loneliness inside of me is going to explode through my skin and sometimes I'm not sure if crying or screaming or laughing through the hysteria will solve anything at all. Sometimes I'm so desperate to touch to be touched to feel that I am almost certain I'm going to fall off a cliff in an alternate universe where no one will ever be able to find me. It doesn't seem impossible. I've been screaming for years and no one has ever heard me.
The world is flat. I know because I was tossed right off the edge and I've been trying to climb back up for seventeen years but it's nearly impossible to beat gravity when no one is willing to give you a hand. When no one wants to risk touching you.
As you would expect, there is, of course, a bad guy here. His name is Warner. He's evil, he's manipulative, he's sleazy. His father is the leader of a group called The Reestablishment - the group who have taken control of the population, the food, resources and government. The Reestablishment had come in guns blazing, taking over in an effort to convince the masses that their way was the only way to survive. Without much else to do and having little way to fight back, society crumbled - what with diseases destroying the population, food being hard to find, the absence of birds that fly, and clouds that are the wrong color.
Warner believes that by 'saving' Juliette from a life in a cell, by convincing her to help him torture trouble makers, he will gain better control over the people. He is cold and harsh and craves power. Everything a bad guy should be. The thing is, he's 19 and incredibly good looking. If you weren't so repulsed by him, you'd be attracted to him. I personally hated the guy. As the book progressed though, his layers (if you will) are peeled back and you begin to understand him and the reason for his actions better. I actually ended up feeling a little sorry for him.
His glassy green eyes glint in my direction. "Are you not hungry?" Words dipped in sugar. His gloved hand touches my wrist and I nearly sprain it in my haste to distance myself from him. I could eat every person in this room. "No, thank you." He licks his bottom lip into a smile. "Don't confuse stupidity for bravery, love. I know you haven't eaten anything in days." Something in my patience snaps. "I'd really rather die than eat your food and listen to you call me love," I tell him.
"I like my clothes," I tell him. I'd like to punch you in the eye, is what I don't tell him. Warner's smile slides back into place. "No one asked you what you like, love. Now eat. I need you to look your best when you stand beside me."
I'm very interested to see where things go with him in book 2.
Of course, what good is a young adult book these days without a swoon worthy male? Cue Adam Kent. Adam is a complex individual, with a past as emotional and upsetting as Juliette's. He's gorgeous, sensitive, toned and tough. He’s compassionate and caring and has secrets of his own. He and Juliette have a past, not the kind you may think. I don't want to delve into it as it was such an emotional story, revealed in bits and pieces, something that I want everyone else to have the opportunity to learn themselves.
Two tips of two fingers graze my cloth-covered shoulder for less than a second and every muscle every tendon in my body is fraught with tension and tied in knots that clench my spine. I stay very still. I don't move. I don't breathe. Maybe if I never move, this feeling will last forever.
I open my eyes and he's standing right in front of me. My heart is a field of lilies blooming under a pane of glass, pitter-pattering to life like a rush of raindrops. His jaw is as tights as his eyes as tight as his fists as tight as the strain in his arms. "You've always known?" Three whispered words and he's broken my dam, unlocked my lips and stolen my heart all over again. I can hardly feel the tears streaming down my face.
I stare at the strength in his jaw, in his eyes, in his body. I try to understand the confidence he has in who he thinks I am and realise his reassurance is the only thing stopping me from diving into a pool of my own insanity. He's always believed in me. Even soundlessly, silently, he fought for me. Always.
I honestly loved this book. I cannot wait for more, I mean, the ending was great but wow! Hurry up book 2! Such a great debut for Tahereh Mafi, I can hardly believe that it is only her first published book.
Wow. I definitely underestimated this book. So good!
I'm not going to say much, because it's not really a book you can review in detail without givingWow. I definitely underestimated this book. So good!
I'm not going to say much, because it's not really a book you can review in detail without giving much away.
Maria Snyder creates an intricate world which is so easy to get caught up in. I must admit, it confused the heck out of me at first and on several occasions I considered setting the book aside, but I'm so glad I didn't. I needed to do a few 'read-then-re-read's of sentences to make sure what I was reading made sense, but after you catch on to things, the language is easy to follow. I think pages 80-100 was where my attention was really 'captured' (pardon the pun).
I wasn't a big fan of Trella at first, but she grew on me as the book progressed. She's tough, and sometimes she came across as insensitive, but with the life / upbringing that scrubs have, you can't really blame her. Riley, Logan and Jacy I loved almost instantaneously - each personality had a witty, clever and easy to like aspect, and I was hanging to read more about them once the book was finished.
I can't wait to get my hands on Outside In - I know it's already released overseas but I'm hanging out until the Aussie Version is released in July (I've got a bit of OCD when it comes to having the same edition for each book in a series) ;o)
To anyone who loved The Maze Runner or Across The Universe - I'd definitely recommend this one for you.