Friday, 15 November 2013

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi








Well, first of all, I have to say that_ for me_ this story isn't really a dystopia. It has traces of it. But it reads mainly as a romance.

As a dystopia the world building is pretty weak. We are told that a totalitarian regime is trying to abolish all traces of societies as they were known. No more pluralism, no more multiculturalism.

The world as we know it, is shattered, so it's time to get back to a somewhat simpler concept of life.

People, animals are dying. There has been some pretty harsh climacteric changes in the world. As so, famine, war,  are constants.

And that's all we know regarding this dystopia.

We don't see the characters living that reality because, through most of the plot, the characters are inside four walls!! I felt that this choice limited the story.

The romance  isn't that bad, if one doesn't mind the apparent insta-love. Of course it's a convenient love "arrangement", since Juliette has the "small problem" of killing everyone she touches... except Adam!

SPOILERS!!!!.

Well to be quite honest, they already had "little hearts flying around each other" when they were colleagues back in school. But since "they were acting" according to a mute film, they never talked to one another!!
Kids!!

 But now, here they are all grown up, and  there's sparks flying every single time Juliette and Adam are in the same room. Good chemistry...



The secondary characters, namely James (what's with this post-apocalyptic books in which there's always a younger brother/sister to take care?) and Kenji, were able to bring more depth to the story, so that was good.

We got some darn good action scenes! :)

The writing, well I had heard so many things about it, that i didn't know what to expect. But honestly, most of the time I didn't have a problem with it.  In fact, the initial part is one of my favorites.
The times when I found the writing poetic, were more numerous that the times I thought it to be a little... strange.

For instance i love this quote:
"The sun is an arrogant thing, always leaving the world behind when it tires of us. The moon is a loyal companion.
It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.
Uncertain. Alone."

Then there's quotes along the lines of this one...that...are a little more...different!
"Killing time isn’t as difficult as it sounds.
I can shoot a hundred numbers through the chest and watch them bleed decimal points in the palm of my hand. I can rip the numbers off a clock and watch the hour hand tick tick tick its final tock just before I fall asleep.(..)"

But to each its own...

In the end, I think that the downside to this story was basically the route it took.

SPOILER!!
There's this sort of X-MEN scenario with super powers and outfits! *hits head against wall*

Not so crazy about it...
 Even so, I'm curious to see what is going to happen in the next book.

Also the constant references to how pretty Juliette is, were a little too much. Hopefully this won't happen in the next volume.

Then there's Warner, who is the bad guy, and who wants Juliette to join him in his... hum, world domination scheme?!
Sometimes i can't help being baffled at the obvious lacking of mental help institutions in these Ya books....honestly! The word would be a safer place with them!!

  SPOILER!!! let me just say that i wish Juliette had a better aim so she could have killed him!!
 He's a psychotic bastard. Please "lets not create" a deranged love triangle!!

Oh, and I just love the cover!! Beautiful!!

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