I am blown away by Shatter Me. Honest to God, blown away.
The writing is beyond brilliant. I loved how Tahereh Mafi made the words flow. Not only that,I am blown away by Shatter Me. Honest to God, blown away.
The writing is beyond brilliant. I loved how Tahereh Mafi made the words flow. Not only that, but it’s insanely descriptive- in a good way. I’ve gotten chills so many times, I’ve lost count. It’s beautiful the way things are described. It made me question my sanity at times. Reading through the eyes of Juliette is addicting. The way she thinks, the way she acts, it’s scary.
“My skin is cold-sweat, my fingers trembling with disgust, my legs unable to withstand the waste the waste the waste the selfish waste in these 4 walls. I’m seeing red everywhere. The blood of bodies spattered against the windows, spilled across the carpets, dripping from the chandeliers.”
I just can’t get over how crazy she is at times, it’s part of what makes me like her so much. Juliette has been locked up for a year and because her touch can be lethal, well, it’d make anyone go a little coo-coo. I didn’t really develop an opinion about Adam, I think he’s hunky and I wish I were his cellmate, but that’s about it. Warner, on the other hand, I felt loads of sympathy for him. Despite him being a real jerk, I can’t wait to see more from him. (I’d almost call myself Team Warner…almost.)
The ending left me feeling unsated. Compared to the rest of the book, the ending didn’t make a huge impression on me. In fact, I’m a little frustrated by it.
All in all, I really don’t have a bad thing to say about Shatter Me. It was terrific, from the characters, to the plot, it’s all just weaved together perfectly. I can hardly wait to see what’s in Juliette’s future. I definitely, definitely, recommend picking this one up. ...more
Specials is by far the best in the series. I can't wrap my brain around how awesome it is...and that's saying a lot.
Tally gets another operation thatSpecials is by far the best in the series. I can't wrap my brain around how awesome it is...and that's saying a lot.
Tally gets another operation that she doesn't want and ends up a special Special. Dr. Cables group of specials, that is. Along with Shay, Fausto, and other Crims (all of which are now specials and are now called Cutters) they're out hunting Smokies, trying to stop the spread of the cure. At least, that's how it is up until their plan goes awry.
This time, Tally really confused me. She has so much going on, so many things conflicting, it was hard to decide if I liked the new Tally or hated her. She didn't have Zane to keep her grounded. She had only the Cutters to rely on. Even though she's a special, deep down, she's always Tally and I couldn't help but like her. Zane, my cool cat, isn't a special. I don't want to say too much, but he still has cognitive problems thanks to taking the wrong cure pill in Pretties. Zane doesn't have much face time in Specials and neither does David for that matter. That's truly the only problem I have with the Uglies series. Her love interests don't have enough time in all the books. I like David, I like Zane. Tally likes David, Tally likes Zane and vice versa. Do you see the problem? Tally has been cut up, manipulated, and she still can't get a decent kiss in with a love interest. Now that, my friends, is just criminal.
Once again Tally is tromping through the the wilderness and saving people and trying to 'rewire' herself. The girl can't catch a break no matter what she does. Tally's adventure this time is actually my favourite out of all three books. She has so much to get over and I feel so terribly sorry for her because of it. All throughout the book you can see the change that being a special has done to her as she's trying to cure Zane, find the New Smoke, it's all just breathtaking (and heartbreaking) at what she has to do.
There's a lot of stuff blowing up, people jumping off of buildings, causing trouble, and basically just trying to save the world from being brainless Pretties. You definitely won't be disappointed in Specials....more
As if Tally's story wasn't enough, we're introduced to Aya, a young Japanese girl, who lives in, well, Japan. Aya is looking for a good story to 'kickAs if Tally's story wasn't enough, we're introduced to Aya, a young Japanese girl, who lives in, well, Japan. Aya is looking for a good story to 'kick' in order to get her face rank up and stumbles upon something bigger than she could ever imagine.
I'll say it right now: I wasn't impressed. Aya in particular was unrelatable and whiny. Frizz, a manga-head pretty, was even worse with his "radical honesty" surge. The two of them combined made one head-aching story. I honestly didn't buy their relationship, at all. The story started off pretty good...until it just started to drift away in pieces. This is one of those books where a certain event is built up and you think something major is about to happen only to be let down with the sunshine and rainbows. It really killed me that the plot was so long and drawn out and in the end nothing happened.
Our Special, Tally (plus Shay and Fausto), makes a surprise appearance, and I really, really hate to say it, but everything after she appears is just bogus. I love Tally to death, but she made the book go downhill. Imagine the language barrier. Aya can barely speak English. Her brother can say a few words and his best friend is no better. But, for some odd reason, toward to the end of the book everyone is having a conversation...in English. Their chatting happily with Tally and I'm left wondering what happened. I'm sorry, it just didn't work for me.
I can't say Extras was absolutely terrible, the Sly Girls were pretty awesome and Moggie is pretty cool, but everything else? Not so much. It was just alright and it felt it was like an 'extra' in the series. I recommend borrowing or checking Extras out at the library before committing to a buy....more
Tally finally gets what she wants and becomes a pretty. Unfortunately, pretty Tally reminded me of Ugly Tally. I didn't really see a huge personalityTally finally gets what she wants and becomes a pretty. Unfortunately, pretty Tally reminded me of Ugly Tally. I didn't really see a huge personality swap. At times, I could tell she was a pretty, using all that annoying slang, but mostly, I felt she was too...there. Unlike the pretties we've read about before, Tally just doesn't act like them and I'm slightly disappointed.
The story this time around revolves around Tally and her escape from New Pretty Town. Not too different from Uglies, but this time she throwing some serious tricks. Tally has teamed up with Zane, leader of the Crims, and together, they're trying their best to escape and raise awareness about the New Smoke. I didn't enjoy the beginning, I liked some parts, but I didn't really get into it until about 80 or so pages in when the action started to happen.
I did like Tally better in Pretties than I did in Uglies and I think it's mostly thanks to Zane. He's pretty much a cool cat in my book now. Peris on the other hand...I just don't see how they were ever best friends. He just seemed to be some kind of plot device (if you could call him that) and he had no real personality or interaction with Tally. His purpose in Uglies was to lead her over to New Pretty Town and meet Shay. In Pretties, he's just there for her to meet more new characters. He just has no real purpose other than being a tool.
I'm beginning to see a trend: have Tally jump off high things, have Tally tromp through the wilderness by herself, and have Tally save people. Not that I particularly mind any of that. In a way, I sort of wish Tally wasn't such a strong character. She deserves a break every once in awhile.
I definitely had fun reading Pretties, especially cause there were a bunch of things that I absolutely did not see coming (and that twisted ending...gosh). I'm dying to read Specials now and see what Tally is going to get herself in to....more
If I could name any one book that had everything I looked for in a good, fascinating read, this would be it.
All ugly Tally wants to be is pretty andIf I could name any one book that had everything I looked for in a good, fascinating read, this would be it.
All ugly Tally wants to be is pretty and join her best friend Peris in New Pretty Town. I'll admit, the names just sound silly. Uglies, Pretties, Littlies, New Pretty Town, Rusties, they remind me of something my four year old cousin would say. There's a lot of other slang that takes some getting used to, but don't let it put you off! Uglies is set in a society where everyone has an operation to become pretty by a certain age. Peris has already became pretty and Tally makes one last trip to see him before her operation in 3 months. Uglies and Pretties don't mix, so you can imagine she gets into some trouble which is just the start of her adventure.
I like Tally, she's not my favourite character ever, but she's not overly annoying. The only thing that bugs me is her obsession with being pretty. She goes on and on a few times about it, but she's been brainwashed to think anyone who hasn't been made pretty is automatically ugly. I guess I can forgive her for that, because she does, eventually, start to see the world differently.
I don't want to go into the story of Uglies, or what Tally gets herself into, but in a nutshell, she has to decide if becoming pretty is worth the price of betraying her friends. I like the adventures she has, I like the cast of characters, I like the setting, basically there's nothing about this book that I dislike. I am really surprised at how gender neutral Uglies is, I was not expecting that and you could say I got a little frustrated with the lack of romance. Westerfeld's writing more than made up for it though.
With the ideas presented later in the story, it's almost eerie to think about something like that happening in the future. I definitely recommend this one to anyone....more