Monday, December 17, 2012

You Break Far Too Often

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Summary: 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.

Review: A traumatized girl, the obligatory extremely attractive boy, true wuv, and special powers. 

I am getting sick of true wuv between the girl who doesn't find herself attractive and the super attractive boy. It's lust, pure and simple. The girl always manages to convince herself she loves the boy even though they know barely anything about each other. It always manages to be about looks. Two people tell Juliette how beautiful she is. As another person has mentioned, considered her level of malnutrition and inability to take more than short two minutes showers, logically, she would have to look very unpleasant with pale skin, sunken in features, and lank hair. But no! She's beautiful. 

Juliette annoyed me. I know she had been traumatized, but either you survive or you thrive. Juliette is even worse than a mere survivor. She has no spine and is always so quick to collapse, either emotionally or physically. I feel that if it wasn't for Adam, she would have never tried anything damn thing and would have stayed right where she was. The times she did try to stand up for herself or fight back felt false and unbelievable. The setting was a pathetic excuse for a dystopian setting. I don't mind the X-Men like feel, but I worry that it will borrow too heavily from the universe in future books. 


Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that enjoy young adult romance with a dystopian setting. 

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