Wednesday, February 13, 2013

(W)REC(K) A BOOK: Shatter Me

Juliette thinks she has a disease that turns her into a monster. One touch, skin-to-skin contact, and people die. And she has every right to believe she is a monster. After all, she killed a little boy.

Locked away in an asylum, unwanted by her parents and the rest of the world, she exists- rather than lives -for 264 days without human contact. And then on the 265th day, Adam is put in her cell. He's familiar, she recognizes his blue eyes from a past she wants to forget, and then she's taken out of the asylum.

Warner, the guy who takes her out of it, is the son of the Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, and he's very interested in her. So interested, in fact, that it's on the verge of obsession. He thinks her power is a gift, a potential that she needs to live up to, but she doesn't want to hurt people.

And what about Adam? His being put in her cell was not an accident, and now that she's been reunited with a boy she thought she'd lost in the past, will she be able to have a second chance?

Side Note:
Tahereh Mafi has an interesting style of writing that put off a lot of people, but I thought it added to Juliette and her mostly fragile state of mind.

...Mild Spoilers Ahead...
...And Maybe Swearing...
...And Slight Rants...
*Seriously, I don't know why you warn them. Everyone knows what spoilers look like.*

The Rant:
Juliette is not the stubborn, slightly fowl mouthed and strong-willed Dhampir named Rose Hathaway who was "raised" by a stronger-willed mother. She's isn't the brainy and brilliant wizard who was raised by loving muggle parents and goes by the name, Hermione Granger. And she isn't Isabella "Bella" Swan, who was raised by a slightly eccentric, doting and loving mother.

So, as to why people are comparing her to "weak Bella", I'll never know, because everyone is different. When you review books, please; rate the book. Reviews are about the book and the story it offers. Reviews aren't a popularity contest or a general poll of what appeals to people's preference. Edgar Allen Poe, one of the most depressing people you will ever hear about, has work that is brilliant, but not everybody enjoys morbidity. See? There's judging someone's work, and then there's stating your preference.

If every book was judged based on its style of writing, the reading world would be a boring place.

Just because we prefer stronger girls to look up to, it doesn't mean we judge a book harshly because it tells the tale of a girl whose mind is momentarily cracked, or has not matured to be what most YA paranormal girls are in their first books.

Be nice to the stories, and don't judge them on things that you don't like. You don't like the story? That's different. If the style of writing bothers you, then simply read another book. But don't give it half-arse stars because you didn't like the writing. You didn't even finish the book. How can you judge?

And if you don't like girls like Bella and Juliette, then maybe you should look out for books that advertise the strong type, eh? Because not all girls charge through things like bulls on crack, they react to the same experiences differently. Some are shy, some are observers, and sometimes, their narrators begin to tell their stories before they have a chance to grow up.

The Spoils:
Shatter Me was great! I loved it so much. It certainly was different, with her sometimes confusing the heck out of me using the text with crossed out lines to represent how Juliette thought, which I suspect was her writing in her journal. She crossed things out, and it gave me the impression it was Tahereh's  way of showing Juliette's lack of confidence in herself or indecision. And if you paid attention, you would see that as the story began to end, there was less and less of this and this and this and this and this and this, until at the very end, almost everything she said or thought weren't crossed out. I took it to mean she'd gotten some gumption and "hells-yeah-I'm-ready-for-this-shit".

When Adam came pushing their beds together, I knew I was going to enjoy this book. He was so forward and hilarious in his actions, and poor Juliette felt like a lamb in the lion's den sometimes maybe most times until she got used to him.

The only thing that bugged me at first were her lack of commas as she put describing words together, but then again, I think it'd irritate me more if there were a lot of commas. It was fun having to fall into her way of writing, certainly an interesting way to get to know a character.

Allycat recommended this to me, pulling me in like a fish on a hook the moment she compared it to X-Men. Unfortunately, the comparison of Juliette and Rogue's powers is all that is like X-Men to me, but she does end up in a 'safe house' with other people who have abilities!

...End of Very Short Spoiler...
*Snort. Hell, your rant was longer*

I enjoyed being in Juliette's head. Looking forward to reading the next one!

Happy Reading!

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