Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I'm sure I'll be in the minority here, as everyone is looking for the next dystopian trilogy but, well, I didn't like this. The premise started out interesting: Juliette is in solitary, in part because people think she's dangerous (when she touches people, she electrocutes them and accidentally killed a toddler three years previously). Then one day Adam is brought to be her roommate, and she teaches him about the food and showers and so forth. Adam, it turns out, is the boy she fell in love with back in third grade. They're brought to a military compound, where it turns out that Adam was actually spying on her for Warner, the power-happy commander of this sector. Warner wants to use Juliette's power for evil, but Adam knows that Juliette is pure good. Hijinks ensue, and we end up in the rebel encampment. To be continued...
Ok, we've read that before, right? Then there's the bird - birds don't fly in this world, but she's dreamed of a white and gold bird that does fly, and just happens to be tattooed onto Adam's chest. Hmmm. It's not just the overly familiar elements that made me cranky, it was the writing. Poor Juliette is either choking, paralyzed with fear, quaking, trembling, breathless, shocked, desperate or just plain petrified. Much of the writing is overly adjectived and as a result, the action and the characters suffer.
ARC provided by publisher.