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Shatter Me

Shatter Me

Scritto da Tahereh Mafi

Narrato da Kate Simses


Shatter Me

Scritto da Tahereh Mafi

Narrato da Kate Simses

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Nov 15, 2011
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9780062111234
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The gripping first installment in New York Times bestselling author Tahereh Mafi's Shatter Me series.

One touch is all it takes. One touch, and Juliette Ferrars can leave a fully grown man gasping for air. One touch, and she can kill.

No one knows why Juliette has such incredible power. It feels like a curse, a burden that one person alone could never bear. But The Reestablishment sees it as a gift, sees her as an opportunity. An opportunity for a deadly weapon.

Juliette has never fought for herself before. But when she's reunited with the one person who ever cared about her, she finds a strength she never knew she had.

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Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling and National Book Award longlisted author of An Emotion of Great Delight, A Very Large Expanse of Sea, the Shatter Me series, Furthermore, and Whichwood. You can find her online just about anywhere @TaherehMafi or on her website, www.taherehmafi.com.


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  • (4/5)
    3.75 stars. I enjoyed this overall, even though I found the beginning a bit slow. There were parts of the book that I found quite beautiful. The following quote is my favourite:

    “I spent my life folded between the pages of books.
    In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”


    I found her style of writing quite interesting, the strike outs were different, suggesting her desperation at the bleakness of her surroundings, the loss of freedom etc. The line a stark, black strike through, like a prisoner counting off their time in captivity. Interesting.

    Will definitely read the second in the series. Great titles too, and fantastic art work on the cover - love the eye!

  • (3/5)
    Juliette is loopy and is imprisoned in a dark post apocalyptic future. She's got a special power that fuels the books obsession with touch that segues into the not on all sides love triangle. It's overwrought but weird enough to lead me on.
  • (4/5)
    Read the full review hereA wonderful, gripping read that I tore through in under three hours. Shatter Me is a different kind of dystopian novel, set some ten years after the collapse of human society due to climate change, fuel shortages etc. The story is riveting - starting with Juliette’s isolation and then slowly revealing the circumstances under which she was imprisoned. I think this is a great way of telling the story because it hooks the reader in.Juliette is an interesting character because her isolation has made her borderline insane. She is deeply untrusting and closed off to the world (and to be honest I can’t blame her). Her disjointed thoughts and damaged thought process are effectively portrayed by alternating short, halting sentences with paragraph long sentences. Striked out sentences are also used to signify the thoughts that Juliette doesn’t want to have or doesn’t think she should have. It takes some time to get used to this writing style, but it’s worth it.
  • (5/5)
    This book blew me away.

    Shatter Me has undertones of dystopian fiction, but it is really its own entity. How do I explain this? Imagine that your favorite paranormal, superhero, and dystopian books were put into a blender to make one single book. That right there? That would be this book.

    Now I think it's important I start off with the writing style in Shatter Me because that seems to be the one thing that might keep people from falling in love with this gorgeous book. I'll admit, Tahereh Mafi's writing style is unlike anything I've read before. It's eerily prosaic, wonderfully descriptive, and oddly disconcerting, all at the same time. Replete with strikethroughs and repeated phrases, it feels sometimes like you might be going crazy yourself. I think it's important to remember that the reader is inside Juliette's head during the story. This is a girl who hasn't seen another person, hasn't touched another person, for what seems to her to be an endless amount of time. Being in Juliette's head can be off putting, or it can be beautiful. It all depends on how much you allow yourself to be immersed in the girl, and the world, that is built here.

    Juliette's character is what really brings Shatter Me to life. Constantly fighting a battle between the madness that she thinks still might consume her, and the giving person Adam knows her to be. Juliette is equal parts strong willed and vulnerable. The knowledge that her power can harm others cripples her, and she constantly wavers between feeling like a monster and a normal girl. Juliette truly has a power that can be used for good or evil, and both opportunities are presented to her. It might sound cliche at first glance, but I assure you that the girl on the pages is anything but that. Juliette's wariness at trusting others, her need to help even if she isn't sure if she should, her constant questioning of herself even when she's fairly sure that she is right, is all the product of her past. Tahereh Mafi builds up a girl who is believable and unique wrapped into one package. Juliette isn't perfect, and I loved her for that.

    Shatter Me is definitely dsytopian, and the world that is built around Juliette's story is amazing. Cities crumble to the ground in the wake of The Reestablishment. People cower in doorways as what is left of society is patrolled, and essentially owned, by the soldiers who are loyal to the movement. The explanation as to how this came about hit very close to home for me. To say that this world is possible, well that's an understatement. I won't spoil anything, but I will say that there is a distinct possibility we really could get to that point. It made me ponder that, and that made me fall even further under the spell of this book.

    If you can't tell from my musings above, I fell madly in love with this story. Devouring 120 pages in half an hour let me know that I was in for the long haul. I admit that I know that it won't be for everyone. As I mentioned, the writing style is different and might put some people off. However I can honestly say that if you give it a chance, if you allow yourself to fall wholeheartedly into Juliette's world, you might just find a story that will immerse you like it did me. Shatter Me is a refreshingly unique read that I enjoyed thoroughly. If there is indeed a sequel coming, I can't wait!
  • (3/5)
    I quite enjoyed this book and liked the almost lyrical nature of the the writing style. I also liked the phrases that were crossed out as it gave the reader an insight into Juliette's inner-most thoughts. At times, though, the use of metaphors annoyed me and I found that there were parts that were overly descriptive to the detriment of the action and character development that should have been included."Shatter Me" reminded me a little of "Graceling" by Kristin Cashore. Both female protagonists being killing machines, but I felt Juliette lacked the feistiness and sassiness of Kasta although I think she has the potential to become so in the next book. The romance between Juliette and Adam is corny and mushy, and the girls will love it. With a cliff-hanger ending, I will be looking forward to the sequel.
  • (4/5)
    I had been putting starting this series as I thought I was going to hate it. I was wrong! I am not normally a fan of Science Fiction and Dystopian, but I ended up enjoying the plot on this one.I was intrigued with the story right away, especially with Juliette being imprisoned. However; I was not a huge fan of the writing style or the scratch off sections. This did not come off as a journal, so to me it did not make sense. I know Juliette is carrying a journal, but the story is not written from the POV of the journal. I did not think it brought anything to the story, and I could have gone without these parts. I also do not love when words are reported over and over again in a sentence. The author did that very often.I ran through the first few chapters, then did not feel like picking it back up as it slowed down. I started reading this in physical copy and then switched to audio to help get through the middle. I ended up loving it on audio, and recommend giving it a try if you have been wanting to read this. I think the narrator for the audiobook brought the character and emotion to life, and I enjoyed her.I know others had issues with the lack of the development within the world. I actually liked that it was not complicated or something that half the book described. I did not have a hard time understanding the world. The ending reminded a lot of The Hunger Games. Hoping the rest of the series is as good and does not go downhill like the Hunger Games though.
  • (5/5)
    Here is another one of those books I don't know why it took me so long to read. I loved it. Love the concept. Love the story. Love the characters. As for the style of writing, by the end of the book I decide I actually really like it. I can honestly say it was interesting and refreshing.

    Juliette Ferrars cannot be touched without causing bodily harm and in some cases death. She grew up without the love, and support from her parents and was ostracized at school. At the age of 14 she was put in an asylum that's more like a prison. She has no one to talk to and thinks of herself as a monster. But with all these experiences in Juliette's life she is strong and has an unbroken spirit. I love Juliette, she's so brave, she stands up for herself and is not afraid to speak her mind. Her interactions with Warner were the most fun for me, I was always afraid for her but loved that she told him what she thinks of him without fear.

    It's normally not necessary for me to have non-literary books with imagery and prose. Especially para-normal, sci-fi types, I don't believe those genres always need it. Shatter me being dystopia and sci-fi themed would have probably been fine without all the creative and imagery writing; but with the theme of the story it really helped to show the turmoil Juliette has held inside her all her life. To me the style of writing used showed Juliette's way of dealing, she didn't get to speak out loud much to anyone even before the asylum, and was probably mostly in her own head all the time. I think some of the things she thinks is things she wants to forget, take back, afraid to say, or wish for. Juliette used to read a lot and writes in a book to not forget words, I think she loves words, and life and nature and her thoughts show that in the writing style used.

    I love Adam, he's a sweetheart and he's really good for Juliette and brings something she's been needing all her life. Can't wait to see what he learns about himself from the Omega Point (A rebel organization).

    Warner confused me, mostly my thoughts and feelings about him. It's clear he's a dangerous guy, but he was so charming and sweet at times, I have to snap myself out of incoming swoons. He's really scary but some of things he did for Juliette when she first arrived at his headquarters I believe did help to keep her safe.

    With well thought out characters, and captivating writing, Shatter Me has set itself up to be a very compelling series. Shatter me was a beautiful story all on it's own, I was drawn in immediately and was riveted to the pages. It was sad at parts, made me angry (for what Juliette had to experience), made me tense, made me relax, but most of all it made me smile.
  • (5/5)
    This book is not for someone who dislikes tragedies. The first book to the series is full of pain. I really enjoyed this book not only for the sadness incorporated into it, but also because of the imagination and quotes the author included.
  • (3/5)
    3-3.5 Stars:To me, this book seemed a little bit like a cross between The Darkest Minds and X-men, which I enjoyed! I found the storyline interesting and did not expect the ending whatsoever!The only thing I did not like is the constant repeating of things 3x all throughout the book. Maybe I only found it annoying because I was listening to the audiobook and had to hear the repetitiveness out loud? I found myself needing a break every once in a while because it became too annoying to me.Kate Simses did a beautiful job narrating.
  • (4/5)
    This is an engaging read. It's essentially another one of those dystopian tales where people develop special abilities to attempt to fight back against the bad forces that have come into play. So, the plot is, admittedly, not terribly original, but it's handled in a very nice way here. The characters are engaging, there are some unexpected twists, and the wider world making the narrative into a promising series is crafted well.
  • (4/5)
    An unusually lyrical book. I quite enjoyed it, particularly the actual stakes (people being really killed or injured) as opposed to the more gentle approach of The Selection, which fits into the same sort of apocalyptic-romance genre.

    Interested to see where this story goes.
  • (4/5)
    Why did I read this? I had heard it was written in a unique style and that intrigued me. Turns out it was just a lot of strikethroughs.

    Thoughts: The strikethroughs got on my nerves and here is why. The book is written in first person, so the main character is really already telling us all of her innermost thoughts. There isn't another layer to that. I found the strikethroughs to be unnecessary and even found myself getting irritated. If that's what you really are thinking then just say that! I hate when people just don't get right to the point! Luckily this tactic appears less and less as the novel advances.


    I was also, at times, irritated by how flowery yet awkward some of the sentences were. Then there were moments where I was like, "Holy amazeballs this is the most amazing this ever and I can completely relate to everything she is saying! How is Tahereh able to put this into words so freaking well?!" Example?

    "I spent my life folded between the pages of books. . . My world is one interwoven web of words, string limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together" (70).

    What a fabulous bookish quote! That was the moment I just suddenly connected with Juliette and I knew I was sticking around to find out what was next. Speaking of characters, how awesome is Warner? There may be something wrong with me because I just love evil characters. They seriously crack me up! Warner was sick and twisted and I really hope he sticks around awhile longer.

    The story itself is fun and exciting. I was okay with getting lost in this world and I want to know why people are the way they are and how the world got to where it is. I'm not sure what else to say except that I really liked Shatter Me and you better believe I'll tune in for the next installment which will arrive at a bookstore near you 10.2.12!!!!

    Advisory: I may have just made this up but I believe there was some cursing.
  • (5/5)
    Loved this book! X-men sort of feel to some parts. Can't wait for the next book!
  • (3/5)
    I enjoyed this book and I'm interested in reading whats in store next for Adam and Juliette. However, I do wish the author would have spent more time character and world building. I didn't feel myself connecting much with either of our two main characters because I feel like I didn't have much to go on with them. I wanted to learn more about this world they were living in and how it came to be the way it was. There were only little anecdotes about the world but not much detail. Granted, this is just personal preference as I always prefer more character development and world building, especially in this genre, opposed to dialogue. The love story was pretty cliche for YA: obvious and sudden. The premise of the story is interesting enough for me to go on, but not enough for me to rush to read the next installment.
  • (4/5)
    For exactly 264 days, Juliette has been imprisoned in a small room because she touched someone and that person died.


    Before I actually got around to reading this book, I had already heard a lot of bad reviews about it. Which is why I was hesitant to read it. But now that I've actually read it, I've realized that I really liked it. It was awesome, but it wasn't perfect, the book definitely had it's faults...
    Problem number 1 was this. The strike out thing annoyed me so much, I actually cringed every time my eyes over them. I understand that they were used to emphasize stuff or whatever but it was used to much, which made all of them quite annoying. And the occasional use of numbers (1,2,3...) instead of writing out the actual word was very annoying as well.
    Problem number two was Juliet. She was such a depressing person. And she was so... weak. I mean, she never even fought back. At least not until the end of the book. But most of the time she was letting people at her school, Warner, and her own parents walk all over her. I understand that she didn't do anything because she was "good" but I think its pretty unrealistic to let people walk over you, that much, and not say a word.
    Problem number three was Warner. Well, Warner wasn't really one of my problems with the book. He just confused me, a little bit. Because, honestly, I don't know if he really is an evil person or if he's just really confused. And it seems to me like he could be apart of a love triangle with along with Adam and Juliette because during the entire book Juliette never exactly treated him like he was the villain. She just sorta went along with whatever he said and went on about how cute he was. A part of me feels a little sorry for him because hes so confused but another part of me did a happy dance when Juliette shot him.
    But I absolutely, positively loved Adam. He was a pretty awesome character. Strong,hot, tall, tattooed, loyal, protective. He was just the perfect package (fans self). Adam really made the whole book worth reading. He was just awesome (did I say that already?).
    Even though, it wasn't exactly the Dystopian novel I was expecting, Shatter Me kept me interested enough to read it in all in a matter of hours and it defiantly left me wanting to know whats going to happened to these guys in the next book. Which unfortunately come out next year.
  • (3/5)
    So I'm torn...on one hand I really liked this story and on the other I hated the writing. The ridiculous amount of metaphors were distracting and the strikethrough sentences were annoying. I also didn't care for Juliette's character in the first half because she was just whiny and too self pitying, but thankfully she got it together. And as much I enjoyed the story I probably won't spend the money or time to finish the rest of the series.
  • (4/5)
    I really enjoyed the writing style of these book. As you can read from the back cover the main character is writing but also crossing out words so you have to weed through what it is what emotions the author is trying to convey. Which actually makes for an interesting read. Lots of movement combined with characters you want to know more about make for an enjoyable read. While some of the book is a little young - it is about teenagers and I haven't been a teenager for quite awhile and even when I was a teenager I was busy reading "adult" books so that's probably why I think the characters seemed a bit young. Even considering that it didn't take away my reading enjoyment. And I will be reading the rest of the series.
  • (2/5)
    I didn't find anything unique about this story. I felt as if I had read it all before. Even the whole Striking things out non-stop. Which is passed annoying, by the way.I felt like this was The Selection and Divergent mixed in to one with a few other books shoved in. I want to say I enjoyed the writing of the book, but that would be a lie. A major plus would have been if the strikes were left out. The strikes were completely pointless and most of the things she said made absolutely no sense. "I'm dripping red paint on the floor." ....Ummmm, what? Among other lines. I just couldn't get into it. I was looking for reasons to actually put it down so I wouldn't have to finish it. The only time it really got better were the last three chapters. I'm sorry, I personally would not recommend this book. Nor would I read book two.
  • (1/5)
    A poetic soliloquy of rubbish and a bit disgusting. I only made it through a third and when he compares pleasure to active desire and the main character buys it I am too disgusted to continue.
  • (1/5)
    This was the worst thing I ever read.. The audiobook was good the book was not
  • (3/5)
    it was ok but i didnt fall in love like i hoped!
  • (5/5)
    Its so damn good! I love it so so much! I have never listened to any audio book before. But this one makes me eager to listen more. I hope Scribd could provide other audio books as well, such as Illuminae.
  • (3/5)
    I want to preface this review by saying. I think listening to it on audio book was a mistake. The persons voice was just ... too whiny and it was very distracting. I think I would have enjoyed the book a lot more if I was just reading it for myself. I think I rolled my eyes quite a bit because I just get tired of the “frail fragile completely clueless girl who’s so beautiful and perfect yet somehow has n clue. Like Jesus. Give the girl a personality for crying out loud. I think Warner actually brought out more of a personality from Juliette than Adam did. Which was annoying because he didn’t get very much screen time. BUT I gave the book 3 starts because I really was thinking this book was so predictable and I was starting to lose interest. But towards like the 30th something chapter it got really interesting and I was paying closer attention. But right when it was getting good it ENDED AAAHHH!!? it’s decent and I’m planning to read the series because I’ve heard great things. Maybe it’s just a slow starter ?
  • (4/5)
    4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this novel. The writing was one of the best I’ve seen in a ya author. Mafi really takes the story in a direction that I fell in love with. Can’t wait to continue the story.
  • (5/5)
    Totally worth the read. I can’t wait to read the second installment
  • (5/5)
    Reread this one and still like it very much ?
  • (3/5)
    I would have loved more action like in the uglies series. I was a bit disappointed that the heroine was so weak, barely taking charge. Overall it’s a good story
  • (2/5)
    Would give it more stars if they focused more on the dystopian side of the novel instead of the romance or oddly specific imagery. The voice actor was great but the writing made me cringe at times. Didn’t answer a lot of questions in the first novel
  • (5/5)
    i’ve read this whole series about 5 times and each and every time i fall in love all over again.
  • (5/5)
    this book was insanely good i really really enjoyed it from start to finish