Review: Shatter Me Trilogy

13455782Title: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Published: November 15th 2011 by Harper

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Dystopian, Romance

My Rating: 5/5

“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.”

Title: Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2)13104080

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Published: February 5th 2013 by HarperCollins

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Dystopian, Romance

My Rating: 4/5

“The truth,” he says, “is a painful reminder of why I prefer to live among the lies.”

13188676Title: Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3)

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Published: February 4th 2014 by HarperCollins

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Dystopian, Romance

My Rating: 3/5

“And we are quotation marks, inverted and upside down, clinging to one another at the end of this life sentence. Trapped by lives we did not choose.”

This may be less of a review and more of my thoughts on the series as a whole. There may be slight spoilers, so be warned in advance.

The Shatter Me trilogy is a dystopian and paranormal teenage love story. The world is broken and The Reestablishment, with promises of fixing it, has taken over and left more destruction in its wake. 

But while the world is going to hell, Juilette Ferrars is escaping it. She is broken, weak, and highly dangerous. But if she wants to fight, and wants to see the world change, she must change herself. 

If I had to pick one word to describe this series is would be beauty. From the gorgeous covers that portray so much of each stage of the story, to the every word that fills the pages, this is pure beauty.

Mafi is nothing short of an artist who has mastered the perfectly constructed sentence. I have no doubt that every period, every letter, every syllable has its purpose exactly where it is.

Character development is such an easy thing to miss throughout a series. You can begin with the same average girl that you end a story with and some people would be none the wiser because the action was good. Mafi, on the other hand, has taken character development far beyond what we would ask of someone.

Not only does Juilette, a young girl thrown to the wolves by her parents after realizing she has a dangerous ability, change how she feels about herself and how she will handle the world around her, but she actually shows change. You can watch it happen, literally see the words change on the page.

When her world is an unraveling and disastrous mess, her sentences are slightly insane with her. The scratched out words hold true to her cowardice to say the truth, her run on sentences and constant word repeating illustrates her never ending mind.

But it subsides, slowly. She calms, she grows more confident, and with  that the writing style changes. Like I said, it’s beautiful.

With all that said, I do find some things hard to like past the first book. For instance, where Juilette’s character develops, so does bookish boyfriend #1, Adam. This transition is rather annoying. I feel like some of the same serious conversations were happening over and over again. His anger, his whining, it was all tiresome after it happened more than once.

And that repetitiveness continued some in the last book. Kenji had the same conversations with Juilette about Adam at least twice, Adam was beyond angry at least three times, Juilette and Warner had their intimate moments, like, three times. Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset

I felt it could have condensed book 1 and 2 into one and then book 3 could have been cut down a little. But then, where would our beloved trilogy be?

One thing to realize while going into the books, is that at times this seems it could be a series about fighting a war to regain control of the world, but truthfully that’s just the backdrop. The real story lies with Juilette and Warner, our characters with the most development. And I must say, it’s good development.

I definitely would recommend this series because I think it is so well done. It really is a piece of artwork and I’m thankful I finally got around to it. If you find yourself a little stuck getting through the second and third book, push through, because it’s a phenomenal story.


4 thoughts on “Review: Shatter Me Trilogy

  1. I haven’t read the second book yet, because the first one bothered me a lot, mainly because of the main character, I couldn’t really stand her most of the time…I might give it a chance, though, because I like what you said about it being more of a book revolving character development rather than fighting wars. I’m all for that.

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    1. If Juilette annoyed you in the first book, then please continue. She gets to be pretty badass. Characters like Adam on the other hand…I wanted to punch his pretty face in. Not gonna lie.

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      1. Oh jeez…I kinda liked Adam. I wasn’t too crazy about him, but I know most people are Warner-lovers.. But if Juliette gets less annoying, I’m going to read them FOR SURE.


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