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text 2016-09-23 17:16
Review: Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me - Tahereh MafiUnravel Me - Tahereh MafiIgnite Me - Tahereh MafiUnite Me - Tahereh Mafi      

Goodreads 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.

 

My opinion:

I really, really liked this series. After I saw some reviews I wasn't sure if it would be worth it to buy it, so I borrowed it from a friend (I'm glad I can haha!), but it was really good! I don't think I will reread it though, because then I wouldn't be as hooked as I was now and the things that happen will stay with you.

 

There were only two parts in this series that were slow for me and also not that great: the beginning of the second novella (2.5, called Fracture Me), because that was just a recap of the last part of the second book, but then in a different point of few and it seemed pointless to me. However, I liked the 1.5 novella and the last part of 2.5 is still really important, so if you're going to read this series I highly suggest to read the novellas and even read them in between the novels (just as they'e supposed to). If you don't read them you will miss out a lot in the upcoming novels.

The second part I didn't like that much was the first third in the second novel. That part was really slow and a bit annoying, but after that it got much better.

 

While I was watching some reviews I saw that some weren't that found of Juliette, but I really liked her character development oh and that Adam vs Warner thing: why do readers still choose between a triangle in a dystopian series? That's not the most important thing that happen in dystopian series haha. Ps. I liked that part of Juliette as well. 

 

Overall this was a great and unique dystopian trilogy and if you haven't read this one yet but still want to read a dystopian series: please read this one! I love the unique aspects and plottwists a lot (and the writing style, I can't even!). 

 

Now I'm not so sure which dystopian series I'm going to pick up next (whenever I'm in the mood to read one), because I've read all of these: The Hunger Games, Divergent, Chaos Walking, The Darkest Minds (didn't like TDM that much) and this one and I have no idea what to read next. I'm not that interested in The Maze Runner or Uglies (convince me if you think I should). 

 

What is your opinion about the Shatter Me trilogy?

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review 2015-04-17 00:00
Fracture Me
Fracture Me - Tahereh Mafi Initial thoughts: Underwhelmed pretty much sums up my thoughts. Fracture Me comes off as a novella that was written merely for the sake of it. It has little rhyme or reason to exist. In the same vein as Destroy Me (#1.5), Fracture Me was written from an alternative perspective to Juliette. This time round it wasn't Warner's though; it was Adam's.

The thing is, Fracture Me hardly brought anything new to the table. Readers already know what happened in Unravel Me (#2). Yet Fracture Me was bent on providing a recap, albeit from the perspective of Adam. Since I hardly gained any new insight into the character of Adam, I felt it was all very superfluous.

The only reason this novella earned 2 stars instead of 1 or even 0 is Mafi's consistency. Her writing style remained solid and I did believe that the story was told from the perspective of Adam. Sadly, I ended up liking him much less than I did in the previous books.
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review 2015-02-04 00:00
Fracture Me
Fracture Me - Tahereh Mafi This novella picks up around chapter sixty-three from "Unravel Me". We learn about the events surrounding the battle between The Reestablishment and Omega Point from Adam's point of view.

I love how Tahereh Mafi reveals her characters through layers. This novella doesn't disappoint. It's not the same reveal that we got with "Destroy Me". You're not going to walk away with a total understanding of Adam Kent. You will understand why he's not a totally likable person.

In Fracture Me readers learn about Adam the big brother. You'll love his admiration for James. Mafi describes his pain in great detail when Adam thinks he's lost him. Be sure to read carefully. Adam reveals something very important about his relationships with James and with Juliette. If I had read too quickly, I would have missed it.

Mafi reveals just how badly Juliette hurt Adam when she broke up with him. You feel sorry for Adam for a minute. But, then, you want to tell him to grow up. He's on the fence about her and won't fess up.

At the end of this novella you learn that Kenji, Adam's friend, is more concerned about Juliette. Adam loves her, but, his love is suspect. I never got the feeling that he would sacrifice his life for the girl he loves.

I found this an interesting novella. At first, I thought it was a waste of time since it rehashed a lot from "Unravel Me". But, it reveals a lot about Adam and how he feels about Juliette. You'll need to read carefully to find that detail. Once you find it, you just might jump ship and start pulling for Warner or even Kenji.
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review 2014-11-19 16:59
Fracture Me - Tahereh Mafi

Writing-5
Storyline/Plot-5
Characters-3

Overall- 4.3

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review 2014-10-14 19:02
Fracture Me
Fracture Me - Tahereh Mafi

This is a short novella of the Shatter Me series that bridges the gap between Unravel Me and Ignite Me. It is told from Adam's point of view and I think it is a truly important part of the series.

 

Adam, Adam, Adam. This novella really digs into his head and leaves me with such mixed feelings about who he is, both for himself and for Juliette. I don't want to give too much away, but I think it makes you wonder about the depth of his love for Juliette... maybe even if it is truly her that he loves or the idea of her that he has created in his own head. There is a fine line between loving someone for who they are and who you think or want them to be. How he sees Julietee is so very different from how Warner sees her and that really adds a whole new dimension to it all. It is also a story about choices, hard choices. Not just in love, but in life.

 

I think this is a story that will change opinions on Adam, whether for better or worse. But my rating isn't on the character, it is on the value of the story and I loved it.

 

My Recommendation

 

Regardless of his character, I think this is a big part of the series to really "get" Adam. I gave it 4.5 mugs.

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