Review: Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi
Titles: Shatter Me, Unravel Me, Ignite Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publish Date: (Shatter Me) November 15, 2011
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Shatter Me Synopsis:
I have a curseI have a gift I am a monsterI'm more than human My touch is lethalMy touch is power I am their weaponI will fight back
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
I didn’t want these to be three separate books so I waited until I had finished all three books to write my review. (That is why I haven’t been around much- been reading this series.) This review will contain a few spoilers because this series has been completed for a few years now. (Get with the program.)
The series as a whole is pure gold. I loved every page, every chapter, every book. I cannot believe I hadn’t read this series before now. Each book was a step up from the last. They kept getting better and better.
First off, the covers- the PAPERBACK covers- are absolutely gorgeous! (Sorry, but the hardback cover? Ew.) The color scheme is beautiful and everything is so eye-catching. Get it? Eye catching? Cause there’s an eye on the cover…. Okay, I’ll stop. Anyways, these covers are just to die for!
Tahereh Mafi’s writing style is beautiful. If it was a dress, it would be the prettiest prom dress in the boutique and I would wear it everyday. Weird analogy, but it gets the point across. There is something so original about her writing style. Unique writing styles always get me, but this was one of the best. It conveyed the message of the story so well. Also, it didn’t confuse me. Sometimes with unique styles, some of the meaning is lost. But that was not the case for these books.
Juliette is one of my favorite heroines of all time. I loved her mentality and watching her grow as she was introduced to human contact. Her character is the very definition of character growth. She goes from girl who counted the days since she last spoke to a human being to destroying the leader of the Reestablishment and becoming the new leader (so we are led to believe). It was intriguing seeing into her mind.
I loved Adam… at first. I thought he was the greatest thing and he was going to be Juliette’s savior. Don’t get me wrong, I still like him but not as much as I like Warner. Adam turns out to be a douche, and I really don’t like his personality. He wants a sweet, quiet girl. Sorry, but that’s kind of awful that he would be mad at Juliette when she’s grown as a person. My liking for him was almost nonexistent once I met Warner (because hot dang!).
Warner, Warner, Warner, I’m obsessed with him. He’s amazing in every way. When I was first introduced to him, I thought he was awful but I couldn’t help but secretly like him. I wanted the baddest of the bad. (Isn’t that what every girl wants?) I knew Adam was nice and sweet, but Warner was just Warner and I fell for him early on. There are so many levels to his character, and it was fun unraveling each one. He is definitely not who I thought he was when I first met him. (He’s a fashionista!)
I was extremely fascinated with the gifts. They reminded me a lot of X-Men. Actually, everything that had to do with Castle, the safe place and whatnot, reminded me of X-Men. It made me happy :)
The books kept getting better and better. I thought Shatter Me was amazing, and then I couldn’t handle Unravel Me. You can imagine what happened after I read Ignite Me. I have no idea how the books could even possibly get better because they were at the top already, but somehow they managed to do so.
I HIGHLY recommend the Shatter Me trilogy. (I get that isn’t the proper name but whatevs.) If you are in dire need of a Dystopian novel (and are sick of them being all of the same), you should check them out. I bet you’ll be fascinated with the writing style if not the plot.
About the Author
She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California, where she drinks too much caffeine and finds the weather to be just a little too perfect for her taste.
When unable to find a book, she can be found reading candy wrappers, coupons, and old receipts.