Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Narrator: Kate Simses
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
Date Read: February 2014
Genre: Dystopian, YA
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.
Series: Shatter Me #1
Also by this author: Unravel Me, Ignite Me br> br>
Also in this series: Unravel Me, Ignite Me
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the overall rating)
Part 1 of the Series Review
First Thought when Finished: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi was different, interesting, and engaging! Bring me the next one please!
Part 1 Thoughts:
I picked up Shatter Me for 2 reasons:
1: Most of my friends (even the non-YA readers like myself) enjoyed it
2: It was on sale at Audible
I have to say that overall I found the world different, interesting, and engaging. The story was slow to start but once it got moving, I was invested. The world building was fantastic! I could picture the world in my mind’s eye and while I have no desire to travel there, had no problem picturing the characters maneuvering around. The characters are what drew me to the story though. I thought Juliette was equal parts fascinating and damaged. Her life experiences made her both wise and foolish. I was intrigued by Warner and what made him tick. Was he just this bad ass nut case that was truly evil or is there more there? Adam was a little one dimensional to me but he did fulfill an important role: he gave Juliette someone to count on. That role is significant because she could begin to bloom. The pacing and action were a little uneven in the beginning but once the story hit it’s stride the speed, urgency, and desperation of the characters was on par with the action. For a first book in a trilogy, it was fantastic!
Narrated By Kate Simses / Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
This is the first book I have listened too narrated by Kate. I thought she did a great job with Juliette, Adam, and Warner. I was a little surprised there weren’t two narrators for this book (as the guys got as much page time as Juliette) but Kate (for the most part) pulled it off pretty well.
Final Thoughts: Interesting and engaging I will be continuing this series.
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