Wednesday, November 9, 2011

ARC Review and Giveaway- Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me
Author – Tahereh Mafi
342 Pages
Publisher – Harper Collins
Date – November 15, 2011

Shatter Me introduces us to Juliette as she sits in solitary confinement in what seems to be a mental asylum, counting the days (264) since she’s seen, heard, or been touched by another human. The world outside those four walls (with 14 cracks) has gone insane, people starving to death, whole species of animals no longer exist, and the people in power call themselves the Reestablishment. The Reestablishment…these are the people who drug her away to this place for a murder she didn’t mean to commit, to a fate she’s sure she deserves, to be trapped by her guilt as much as by the prison walls. The power she holds within her very skin is one she doesn’t want and she will do anything to disprove the notion that she is a monster, even though she herself believes it. She maintains her tenuous hold on sanity by writing in her notebook and refusing to allow herself to acknowledge the thoughts that sometimes overwhelm her. When she awakes one day to find herself with a cellmate, her entire world begins to change.

The writing style of Shatter Me was like none I’ve read before, both haunting and at times a bit overwhelming. Written in an almost lyrical or poetic prose, Juliette’s inner thoughts and feelings were often uncomfortably intense, which would be understandable considering the situation she was in. Many of her words/thoughts were written and then struck out, as if she were refusing to allow herself to acknowledge those thoughts. I thought this was a powerful way to show how she was struggling to hold onto her sanity. As she began to have more human interaction, the strikethroughs became less common. It was such a fascinating progression. While, for the most part, I thought the writing was beautiful, there were also times when it felt like overkill and it became a bit tedious. Overall though, I enjoyed the unique imagery and the flow of the words.
“I always wonder about raindrops. 
I wonder how they are always falling down, tripping over their own feet, breaking their legs and forgetting their parachutes as they tumble right out of the sky toward an uncertain end. Its like someone is emptying their pockets over the earth and doesn’t seem to care where the contents fall, doesn’t seem to care that the raindrops burst when they hit the ground, that they shatter when they fall to the floor, that people curse the days the raindrops dare to tap on their doors.
          I am a raindrop.
          My parents emptied their pockets of me and left me to evaporate on a           concrete slab.”

The story itself was intense and reminded me very much of Xmen. Juliette’s power is reminiscent of Rogue and many of her characteristics also reminded me of Rogue from Xmen. The plot was action packed and thrilling. The villain, Warner, was out of his mind and made an even more effective bad guy because of the hint of a hidden past that may explain why he is the wicked boy he’s become. Happily, this did not become a love triangle since Warner is simply too psychotic to engender much sympathy from Juliette. The interplay between Juliette and Adam was extremely well done. This is a romance that I can believe. Things between them tend to get pretty steamy a couple times, but Mafi reins it in and manages to keep it PG. The ending also reminded me a lot of Xmen and has me incredibly excited about the sequel.

Overall, I think that Shatter Me has lived up to all the hype. Most readers will enjoy the intense and original writing style as well as the exciting premise, a steamy romance, and a villain you love to hate. In the sequel, I hope to see more details about the dystopian world and how it became that way and more about the two factions, the Reestablishment and the people who are not ready to succumb to that tyrannical rule and of course more Adam and Juliette! I would recommend Shatter Me to readers who enjoy dystopian or post-apocalyptic fiction, fans of Xmen, and anyone who enjoys a thrilling YA adventure.

Rating- 4

The Giveaway

I somehow ended up with two ARCs of Shatter Me so I decided to give one away to one of my lucky readers. I will be shipping this myself so this will be US only. You do not have to be a follower to enter but following is appreciated! Extra entries for sharing the giveaway on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, etc. (leave me the link) and for commenting on yesterday’s discussion question located here.
You have from today (November 9) until Monday (November 14) at 11:59 PM to enter. Winner will be announced on Shatter Me’s release date, Tuesday November 15. Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form, if you have any problems please email me. Good Luck!!


Rie Conley said...

That writing snippet is heartbreakingly good prose.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Nora Weston said...

Shatter Me sounds terrific! I enjoyed the review too. :) Rogue is one of my favorite characters from if Shatter Me is kind of like that, it must be good.

Anonymous said...

Great review of Shatter Me. I can't wait to read it. Thank you for the giveaway.

JLynn said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I've been wanting to read this!

Lora1967 said...

I would love to win this for our school library.

Abby Fowers said...

Fun GIVEAWAY! This book sounds awesome! I definite MUST read!

Also - thanks for stopping by my blog and and leaving me some pen name ideas! They are wonderful.

Katie Dodge said...

Awesome! I can't wait to read this book! It sounds fantastic:)

latishajean said...

Thank you for the great giveaway!

Angiegirl said...

No need to enter me in the giveaway, but I just wanted to say I'm happy you liked it! Looking forward to the sequel.

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Shatter Me has been on my wishlist since I read the first blurb and saw the cover.

Anonymous said...

I have seen Shatter Me on various blogs lately and I always think the same thing...This sounds like a really good book! I must read this book.

Jesica H said...

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Julie said...

I messed up on the form! Under the space where you share the giveaway I accidentally put my twitter link and I meant to put that I Google +'d the giveaway! Sorry about that :)

K*D* said...

Sweet Deal!!! Thanks!



Amy said...

loved this book so much! I found myself not wanting to leave the house just so I could finish it :P Thanks for stopping by! I'm a new follower :)

Amy @ Following The Reader

Isolabella said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

I have to say I would probably pay a little more for an electronic version accompanied by the paper version.

(but I would probably end up selling or trading the physical book after awhile, like if I need space for other books)

C.E. Hart said...

I'm a new RSS follower. :)

I've heard a lot about this book. Thank you for the opportunity to win it. :)

LisaILJ said...

Funny, I left you a comment on the discussion question before I even knew there was a contest. Does that mean I post too much?

Thanks for the review on this, I have been hearing such good things about this one.

Mary @SweepingMe said...

Thank you for the great review and giveaway. I have been wanting to dive into this one. I am glad to hear it is action packed! I love books like that.


Noely Jeleen said...

I really want to read this book!
Your review made me all the more excited to grab a copy of this. :)

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