Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Reading update - touch me and die.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

My Take: 

"Dystopic novels are all the same," a friend of mine said. Sure, take a repressive society and a character's awakening and voila' you get the simplified recipe for a dystopia.
But that's only the frame.
It's the picture Shatter Me paints that is so very unique. I devoured the book in one reading. It's fast-paced, with a twist-laden plot that has as much action as heart-wrenching emotional scenes.
Not only does Mafi spell bind with a character so emotionally broken and yet strong at the same time, but the antagonist is deliciously deceptive yet intriguing. Shatter Me is complexity at it's finest told in a unique first-person narrative.
For any book addict, this is the perfect crack fix for the day.

What they said: 
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. 
In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting asThe Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices,Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.

You SHOULDN'T read this if: 
Boring, lamesauce books are your thing. This one will give you a coronary.
You're my friend Rob Code--I've heard enough of your opinions on first person narratives and dystopic novels to know this one just isn't for you.
You're illiterate. For obvious reasons.  


Leigh Covington said...

I've heard good things about this book and I'm dying to read it! I need to make sure it's on my TBR list! Thanks for the review. I really like dystopian novels.

Jay Noel said...

You had me at "crack fix."

Not that I'm a crack addict or anything. But I do love a great book.

Dystopia is really taking off these days, and I love what authors are doing it. 1984, Brave New Word, Fahrenheit 451, Blade Runner...all great. But made you feel like crap afterwards.

Contemporary Dystopic novels at least have some sort of a light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe it's Katniss. Or maybe it's Juliette.

Cristina said...

I've wanted this book forever, and I've been so excited about it, that now that is out, I'm afraid it's not going to live up to my expectations. I hate it when I do this.

but YOU say it's awesome! so I must put my fear aside and just do it :)

Chantele Sedgwick said...

I am DYING to read this! Look at that cover! Gorgeous! Yes, I usually judge a book by its cover. *guilty* I'm glad you liked it! :)

Jennie Bennett said...

That sounds really amazing! Except I really like boring Lamesauce books:( j/k! I'll have to take a look :)

Patti said...

Wow, sounds like a great read. I'll be adding to my to be bought list.

Amanda Olivieri said...

I keep hearing great things about this book! Your description makes me want to read it even more :)

Unknown said...

Haha! I love your reason not to read this book. I'm looking forward to reading it. It sounds so good!

Peggy Eddleman said...

I cannot wait to read this! And I'll make you something yummy if you talk Rob into reading it.

Nick and Emily said...

ok so here's the prob with your suggestions. I was looking for a good book to pick up the other day and so i went through like 20 pages of your blog hunting down all your suggestions and guess what??? when i went to the library i had an entire list. all in good faith that at least one would be checked in. alas, no!!! you are too popular with your book choices and now i'm on 5 different waiting lists and didn't even bother to try getting on the other ones. :(

So in conclusion. Tell me, before you tell the rest of the world and i'll go to the library before everyone else. ha ha

Meredith said...

I absolutely must read this book! I've heard such amazing things. Thanks for the recommendation!

Maggie said...

I've followed her blog for awhile and I'd love to read it!

Sarah Tokeley said...

I am so so desperate to read this book. I can't wait :-)

Heidi W said...

I'm adding this to my list! Thanks for the rec!

Precy Larkins said...

I am dying to read this. Love your review!

Btw, I have a blog award for you. ;)

JoMamma said...

Just added it to my list at the library.

keishkaylaaazzalea@gmail.com said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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