Shatter Me is a tense, surprising book that absolutely rocks. Mafi allows you to really get inside of Juliette's head with the stream of consciousness narrative, which is very revealing and fascinating to read. You really understand Juliette's pain and struggles in how she trains herself to think that she somehow is deserving of her cruel treatment because of deadly mistakes in the past, and that because of her frightening ability, she doesn't deserve humanity. Her views are shattered when Adam appears and he and Juliette struggle to trust each other; once they do, their relationship is intense and their romance smoldering. Mafi skillfully builds suspense throughout the book as the world Juliette lives in is revealed to be dark and destructive, with secrets and danger in every nook, and as Juliette struggles to stay out of the grasp of Warner, a smart, calculating young man with too much power and a dangerous fixation on Juliette. However, the central conflict throughout Shatter Me is really Juliette's struggle with her ability and touch, how it has shaped her, what it means for her enemies, and for any possible future she might have. As the drama unfolds, Juliette learns that she may be capable of more than she ever could have imagined. Despite all of the fear, confusions, and danger in the uncertain ending, there is hope for a strong new heroine who is just beginning to come into power. Fans of Shatter Me will have a hard time waiting for a sequel.
Cover Comments: Even though the white dress doesn't really appear in the novel, I like how bright and eye-catching it is, especially against the silver back drop and the "shattering" effect in the background! So awesome! I am also in love with the way the title is slashed through!
ARC picked up at BEA.
This one will be out on November 15th, 2011!
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