November 28, 2011

Latest Read: Shatter Me

Here are the basics ...
Book: Shatter Me (#1)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Bloghttp://stiryourtea.blogspot.com/
Category: Young Adult - Science Fiction 

(For the record, I'm not a fan of the cover.  At all.)




My thoughts ...
One sentence summary:  Juliette hasn't touched anyone in 264 days because she's been locked up for a murder she didn't mean to commit. 

The good:  
I love how the story is told.   Juliette's mind is teetering on the edge - from loneliness, lack of human contact, love and compassion.  Her touch has been fatal her whole life and as a result, everyone has shunned her including her own parents.  The author writes Juliette's thoughts in a stream of conscious manner - using text with strikethroughs and extremely descriptive prose (which I admit can get a little over the top at times). This may turn some people off but I enjoyed her unique take on Juliette's perspective.  

The bad:  
The chemistry between the two main characters was definitely hot hot hot (the author sometimes repeats Juliette's thoughts like that) but they were a little too quick to fall in love.  Then again, when you've never been able to touch someone without killing them and have to run from the government - I guess emotions tend to run a little high.  

Do I recommend?:  
Definitely.  It's officially been described a cross between The Hunger Games and the X-Men and I think that's pretty accurate.  I enjoyed it a lot and if you like dystopian society fiction, mixed in with a little science fiction, this should be on your list.

Happy reading!

1 comment:

  1. I won this book in a giveaway and have been meaning to read it. It sounds really good - and I may just have to skip a few books and start reading it NOW.

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