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Shatter Me Paperback – January 9, 2018
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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PRAISE FOR SHATTER ME: “Addictive, intense, and oozing with romance.
I’m envious. I couldn’t put it down.” (Lauren Kate, New York Times bestselling author of FALLEN)
“Rip-roaring adventure and steamy romance scenes, with a relationship teens will root for as much as they did for Bella and Edward. Inventive touches propel the story, such as strikeouts that reveal Juliette’s inner thoughts. The final chapters leave Juliette, Adam, and Warner well poised for round two.” (Booklist)
“Mafi combines a psychological opener with an action-adventure denouement in her YA debut. This is a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Fans of Cashore’s Fire, Oliver’s Delirium, and, yes, Twilight will find this addictive.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“Fast-paced action scenes convey imminent danger vividly....Part cautionary tale, part juicy love story, this will appeal to action and adventure fans.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Teens will feel satisfied yet wait impatiently for more.” (School Library Journal)
EARLY PRAISE FOR UNRAVEL ME: “Unravel Me is dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense. I dare you to stop reading.” (Kami Garcia, New York Times bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures novels)
From the Back Cover
The moon understands
what it means to be
h u m a n.
i m p e r f e c t i o n s.
No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but the Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.
But Juliette has plans of her own.
After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.
In the electrifying first book in the Shatter Me series, Tahereh Mafi presents a riveting dystopian world, a thrilling superhero story, and an unforgettable heroine.
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How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways.
I hate thee for thine bizarro, unpunctuated, over-the-top prose that peppers this story from page one on.
'I hate the lackadaisical ennui of a sun too preoccupied with itself to notice the infinite hours we spend in its presence.' P. 26
I hate thee for talking about a bird, every couple of pages, thereby adding a mysterious, crazy-girl ambiance when the reader already knows Juliette is a tinfoil hat away from crazytown.
'There will be a bird today.' P. 9
'There will be a bird.' P. 11
'Maybe a bird will fly today.' P. 28
'Birds used to fly.' P. 36
I've dreamt about the same bird flying through the same sky for exactly 10 years.' P. 36
'I don't know how to find the white bird.' P. 113
'I glance at the window and wonder if I'll ever see a bird fly by.' P. 115
'A white bird with streaks of gold like a crown atop its head. It's flying.' P. 120
'I'm the bird and I'm flying away.' P. 121
'I need to see the bird.' P. 176
I hate thee to the level of shoving this book into a composter, after finishing a particularly silly part about Adam's manly chest and Juliette's need to snuggle.
'My face is pressed against his chest and the world is suddenly bigger, beautiful - -the entire universe stops in place and spins the other direction and I'm the bird.' (Gah, that darned bird again!).
I hate thee with a passion put to use with my trusty highligher pen as the story veered from events and people into waiting and Juliette's 'pulse pounding romance' (back cover of the book) which wasn't very romantic or pulse pounding.
'the sun and the moon have merged and the earth is upside down. I feel like I can be exactly who I want to be in his arms. '
I hate thee with a bitterness that seemed to grow as I had to read almost 51 pages of purple prose before something really happens.
'Warner Stops walking. "I want you on my team."
'We're in the middle of a war,' he says a little impatiently.'
With my lost time, the hours I spent on this book can never be regained, and so, I think, even unto death, I shall hate thee more.
I will say that Tahereh Mafi is an absolutely beautiful writer. It flows and ebbs like water and she has the ability to elicit real emotion from me without much apparent effort. Her use of symbolism is unmatched. And, something new that I discovered about her – this woman knows how to write romance. Face-fanning, lady-bit tingling, jelly-legged romance. It’s good stuff.
And, seriously, the covers of all her books in the Shatter Me series are orgasms for my eyes. They are the most beautiful series covers I’ve ever seen.
So, on to the spoilers. If you haven’t read Ignite Me, you will want to stop now.
Seriously – stop reading if you don’t want to know who Juliette picked.
My feelings on whether I “liked” or “did not like” Ignite Me are not wrapped up in whether my team won or lost. It’s not nearly as simplistic as that, although some might dispute that. Certainly, I’ll be the first one to admit that I wish Juliette had chosen the other guy, and that fact does color my overall opinion of the book to some degree. How could it not?
We, as book fans, become so involved in our favorite characters’ lives that we create Twitter handles and websites dedicated to them. We passionately advocate for our favorite crushes and couples in tournaments and create badges and buttons announcing our allegiances for our blogs and Facebook pages. Of course the outcome of love triangles are going to affect our overall impressions of the books in which they are found, and there is nothing wrong with that.
I have always said that the worst way out of a love triangle is to kill off one of the choices. And, I realized after finishing Ignite Me that that is exactly what Mafi did here. Granted, both Adam and Warner were physically alive in the end. But, all the qualities that made up the Adam that was introduced to us in Shatter Me died a fiery, horrible death over the course of this 408-page book, and frankly, it makes me more angry than anything else.
Adam captured my heart from the very beginning. The story of how this boy helped this girl and became her only friend when no one else would dare brought tears to my eyes. Then, after spending years trying to find her, he risks everything to free her from both her physical and mental prison. He loved her practically his whole life, and the greatest gift was when he heard that her love was returned. He naturally wanted to protect her from all the bad scary things (love kinda makes you want to do that), but he also believed that she could be so much more.
That man was nowhere to be found in Ignite Me.
I appreciate that Juliette wanted to stop hiding and start living. But, didn’t she do that the second she jumped out of her bedroom window with Adam? Wasn’t she standing up for herself when she pointed that gun in Kenji’s face while in Adam’s apartment? Didn’t she take charge of her life when she made the decision to take Adam and James to Omega Point in the first place? And, didn’t Adam support her and go along with it all?
The Adam that was presented to us in Ignite Me was bitter, cold and hateful. He was indecisive and angry. It was almost as if Mafi was trying to force her choice down my throat. I hate to break it to her, but I could’ve gotten behind her decision to put Juliette with Warner if she had given me a good reason why. But, vilifying and demonizing Adam in order to paint a more radical contrast between he and the now angelic Warner felt so wrong to me. If two characters are going to completely switch personalities over the course of a series, I want a solid reason why, and unrequited love isn’t one. Not for these two guys.
In the end, I just didn’t believe any of it.
Sadly, if you put all the relationship drama aside, there isn’t much left in Ignite Me. Whereas Shatter Me and Unravel Me focused a lot on the development of Juliette’s powers and how they might take down the Reestablishment, Ignite Me was all angst and guilt and hormones. There was very little said about Juliette’s, Warner’s and Adam’s powers, and almost nothing about the secondary characters’ powers (so little, in fact, that I forgot what they were until about 85% through).
All three books were leading up to the final showdown between Juliette and Anderson. We didn’t even see Anderson until the final pages of the book. And, then it was over. Just like that. All the waiting and anticipation was over so fast, and I literally said out loud, “So, that’s it then?” I wanted so much more! I wanted to know what was beyond Sector 45 and how the destruction of it and Anderson was going to affect the rest of the country. Is there even a country? What does the world look like? The world-building has always been a little weak for my liking, and I was thinking we’d finally fill in those holes in Ignite Me.
Now that it’s all said and done and I’ve had some time to reflect on my true feelings regarding Ignite Me, I realize that I just feel cheated. What I thought was the whole point (taking down the leader of the regime that has been oppressing people for years) ended up being buried amid the unrealistic destruction of one character loved by many and the unbelievable elevation of another to one who could do absolutely nothing wrong. The shaping of Juliette’s budding abilities and personality was squashed by her constant indecision in the “I love him, I love him not” game.
Or, maybe, I missed the point entirely.
- She uses one of the following words: dying, thaw, touch, bird, hundred, billion, million, ACHING (bonus drinks if her body actually IS aching and she isn't just feeling emotions through her joints)
- She's "surprised" that some ridiculous, impossible thing HASN'T happened ("I was surprised he didn't explode into a billion pieces," "I was surprised I wasn't covered in blood")
- She says she wants to inflict deathly violence on someone but instead continues throwing a tantrum
- She says "no one had EVER [done that to me]" or "it was the most [adjective] thing I have ever [seen/heard/felt] IN MY ENTIRE LIFE"
- The author uses "gentles" as a verb (as in - "he gentles me onto the bed).
- It is revealed that a character's parents abused them (because every. single. character. has abusive parents)
- A sentence like this pops up - "My body is in a blender." ... "A steam train goes through my head." ... "I am slapped with a two by four." - to jarringly describe emotions
Two shots when you reach these actual quotes in the book:
- "Her life was too glamorous for the leashed legacy of her loins."
- "He was wrong. He was SO wrong. He was more wrong than an upside-down rainbow."
- "His face was a forest of emotions."
- During the "don't the clouds realize that the raindrops SHATTER when they hit the ground? that it BREAKS them?" speech
- "Why are you touching me?" ... "Because... BECAUSE I CAN."
If you ever start wondering "wait wasn't there supposed to be a plot somewhere in here?" DRINK. just keep drinking.