Who wants to dislike a book?! Come on! No one! But this horror does happen. Personally, Shatter Me ticked all the boxes for awesome while simultaneously ticking all the boxes for annoying. I’m very confused.
Therefore, I will make a list. Why I disliked it. And why I liked it.
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.
1. I loved Juliette!
Sometimes (okay, a lot of the time) I like the secondary characters more. But not in Shatter Me! (Though I did like Adam. Who couldn’t?!) But Juliette, the narrator, steals the show. She’s so sweet and multi-dimensional. I love her voice! It’s like being inside her head. Her train of thought is SO natural.
2. The writing…kind of.
I did like the writing. I admit it was odd and weird and often sounded like the author was trying WAY too hard. (Some of the metaphors were crazy.) But I felt really connected to Juliette. At the same time, though, the writing would get really fluffy. It just dribbled and waffled and drove me nuts. I liked the crossing-out affect and all the numbers.
3. Juliette and Adam’s relationship.
I didn’t feel like it was insta-love! I felt it was ungrounded and fast, but not insta. I liked how they cared about each other and had loved each other (silently with no communication) since they were 8 years old. It was Peeta and Katniss again (except Katniss shoved Peeta into a vase, and Juliette just kissed Adam. Katniss and Peeta were way better).
4. Everyone was psycho!
There’s nothing like a good dump of psycho characters. Love them. The badie had no background except that he was psycho (his character was a little unfounded). But I loved how Juliette spent the whole book questioning if she was insane or a monster or…what? Like I said earlier, she was beautiful.
1. It ripped off X-Men.
Maybe I’m to harsh! (Am I too harsh?) But I like the originals of movies/books. I don’t like rip-offs of The Hunger Games or X-Men. I don’t like different versions. I don’t like super-hero books/movies that can’t think up anything new so therefore borrow from already established and famous ones.
I love superhero stuff! Honest, I do! I’m a wild Avengers fan (Iron Man over Captain America any day). I’m an enthusiastic X-Men fan! (Magneto!)
So when Juliette turns into a superhero with the spandex outfit, living in a “safe place” of mutants like her…I sobbed quietly. It’s not new. It’s not fresh. It’s exactly the same as every other superhero movie/book. Are we suddenly in Professor X’s mansion? Everyone’s a mutant! Yay!
2. Who the heck is Kenji?
He appeared on page 236. Did I miss him earlier? (I read this book in 2 days, so I don’t understand how I missed him.) He seemed to be all-of-a-sudden a big deal, and I don’t know who he is! What did I miss? Help me, blogglings.
3. If life gets you down, you know what you got to do? Just keep kissing…just keep kissing…
I don’t like this message at all. I get that Juliette needed love. She’d been starved of it her whole life! She was desperate for love and human affection. I get that. I loved that part of the book. But, nearing the end, every time something scary happened, she just smooched with Adam and — BOOM — the sun smiles and their escape plans work out.
4. Cut the dribble and get on with the story.
I don’t like fluffy writing. I realise this is my preference. Maybe I’m the only one who doesn’t like wading through pages of fluff to discover the story. But, personally, I. do. not. I like imagery. I like interesting writing and styles and prose. I had no problems with the odd prose in Shatter Me. It was interesting. I had problems with the way Juliette waffled (for pages) about scenery and feelings and something else I-have-no-idea-what-you’re-talking-about. Every feeling/thought was lost in a paragraph of dribble.
5. Juliette was basically Rouge from X-Men
Um. I guess it’s better then flying or being super-strong. Buuuut, this is Rouge’s superpower.
6. It was too easy!
When you get to a book’s climax, you expect things to go wrong, right? You expect the escapes to be hard, loyalties to be questioned, blood to be shed (heh, well I expect that)? RIGHT? Enough of this rainbow gunk. I know this is a series, but what on earth is happening in the next books?! Too much treacle pudding at the end of this one.
It was violent, yes. It was freaky, yes. But it was EASY. There were so many lapses of chapters were things were easy, comfortable. It freaked Juliette out because she knew it was a lull before the storm. But where was the storm? It didn’t hail. It rained softly. Adam got hurt, but Juliette got a supersuit. I hope she gets a mask later. A mask will make things better. (No capes.)
So they just pulled Adam out of the mess? They just trusted random-Kenji-who-drugged-the-10yrs-old-and-then-took-them-to-a-super-awesome-safe-place? Now they’re happy? They’ll get better? They’ll all get a lolly and a pat on the head and that’s it? What about all those soldiers? So there’s a “maybe” that the bad-guy is dead, but didn’t he have officers to command? Doesn’t he run all those soldiers? Is no one interested in chasing the runaways now? Just — poof — stop all pursuit?
Yes, I loved this book and simultaneously hated it. I think I was shocked it was a superhero book. I didn’t expect that at all. I loved the prose style and Juliette’s voice. But the plot was a shocker — shockingly boring/slow/average, that is.
Will I read the next ones?
Yes. I want to see where this is going. I definitely do.
Note: Before you go! If you liked this book a lot of a lot, I honestly don’t mean to attack you! This is just one out of a billion bookworms’ opinions. (And I respect you!)