A lot of people have many opinions on this book, so I will put in my two cents. I couldn't put the book down. The tension between Bella and Edward wasA lot of people have many opinions on this book, so I will put in my two cents. I couldn't put the book down. The tension between Bella and Edward was so palpable. Great Read....more
Read it in two days. Great book! Don't know what took me so long to read it, but very glad I did. Will definitely be reading the other books in the seRead it in two days. Great book! Don't know what took me so long to read it, but very glad I did. Will definitely be reading the other books in the series....more
This book was awesome. I borrowed this from the library last year and didn't get past the first chapter because I couldn't get past the slang that DasThis book was awesome. I borrowed this from the library last year and didn't get past the first chapter because I couldn't get past the slang that Dashner used in the book. But that was a mistake. Last month, I picked the book up again and decided to get to the end, and I'm so happy that I pushed on. Wow! That's all I can say. The the action, the plot twists, the suspence. Just wow!
This was also a book where I connected more with the secondary characters than with the main character, like Minho and Newt. They just jumped off the page with how real they were. I liked Thomas too but he didn't have a strong enough personality for me. I know this was probably because he had just arrived at the Glade and his memory was still a little funky. He will probably develop more personality and character in the second book, The Scorch Trail, which I'm definately reading....more
WOW. A beautiful book. I just want to say that I just felt like I was a part of Lennie and her crazy and amazing family. I wanted to be there and haveWOW. A beautiful book. I just want to say that I just felt like I was a part of Lennie and her crazy and amazing family. I wanted to be there and have breakfast with Lennie, Gram and Big. I wanted to have Big give me a great bear hug. I wanted to be in the Sanctum with Lennie and just talk to her and hug her and tell her everything would be okay. I wanted to have Joe bat his amazing eyelashes at me. I just loved this book. Read it. That's all I can say. Just read it....more
Shatter Me is an utterly captivating and engrossing novel. It is intense and highly addictive with beautiful and lyrical prose. Definitely a must read.
Juliette has been in isolation with no human interaction for 264 days. Her life has been reduced to 4 walls, a window, a bed and a single forbidden notebook that she writes her thoughts into. She thinks she’s going to die alone, forgotten, discarded, but her isolation is broken when she is given a cellmate, Adam.
Adam is all lickable tats and muscles and mesmerizing blue eyes and spine-tingling smiles. And when he comes into Juliette’s cell, she doesn’t know whether she can trust him or not. But Adam wants to talk to her, touch her. Juliette is desperate for the companionship but also terrified that she will hurt him if he gets too close. They build a kind of trust but soon that trust wavers when Adam’s true identity is revealed.
Then, Juliette meets Warner, a commander in The Reestablishment army. He is gorgeous, ruthless and mysterious. Juliette’s fatal touch is something that he wants to use for his own gain and he is determined to make sure that she cooperates. If it’s by force, then so be it but he really wants her to choose to be by his side.
Even though Warner is truly ruthless in this book, he has a sort of vulnerability. He reminds me of Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender (the cartoon not the movie, and if you haven’t seen this cartoon then you are missing out). I think a lot of Warner’s actions and motivations stem from his childhood and his father. We don’t learn much about his father in this book, but we probably will in the second book. I have a feeling Warner is a very tortured soul, and I can’t wait to learn more about him.
Even after Adam’s true identity is revealed, he and Juliette develop this intense romance. In fact, there are a lot of sexytimes in this book. *fans self* I know a lot of people have complained that it is a romance in the guise of a dystopian. But I understand why Mafi started the series this way. Juliette meeting Adam is what brings her out of her shell, makes her believe that there are still good people in the world. So many people in her world have lost their humanity. She herself has been treated very badly all her life. When we first meet Juliette, she has given up. She is ready to die. But after meeting Adam and finding out she's not alone anymore, this realization gives her the strength to fight back. And when she truly understands how bad it has gotten on the outside, and realizes that the very power she has been ashamed of can actually be a gift and not a curse.
Juliette's story is a great story but it is amplified by Mafi’s prose. I think if this story was told in a more traditional way it wouldn’t have had the impact it had on me. Mafi has a way of immersing you in Juliette’s thoughts and emotions until you are swept away by them.
Here is Juliette describing her fear of her power but also her want for touch:
"He inches forward and I’m almost scared to breathe. His fingers graze the starchy fabric of the only outfit I’ll ever own and I manage to exhale. As long as he’s not touching my skin. As long as he’s not touching my skin. As long as he’s not touching my skin. This seems to be the secret." (p. 16) Kindle Edition
"He sits down next to me and leans against the wall. His shoulders are so close too close never close enough. His body heat does more for me than the blanket ever will. Something in my joints aches with an acute yearning, a desperate need I’ve never been able to fulfill. My bones are begging for something I cannot allow. Touch me." (p. 37) Kindle Edition.
And you can see from the snippet that Mafi uses strikethroughs throughout the novel. It took awhile to get used to them, but soon you realize that they are brilliant. Here is a girl who hasn’t been able to express herself, even when she had her so called freedom. She can’t express the way she really feels about her life and what has happened and is happening to her. So she strikes those thoughts out. But as the novel progresses the strikethroughs lessen when she finally starts to voice her true feelings and gains confidence in herself.
The story ended in an action-packed way and I think the second book in the series is going to be phenomenal. I want to learn more about Juliette and her new companions and the war that is brewing.
I definitely recommend Shatter Me. I will say give it a chance. Once you get used to the strikethroughs and the lyrical prose it is a very engaging story with intriguing characters in a dangerous world.