Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi

 Title: Shatter Me, Unravel Me, Ignite Me

 Author: Tahereh Mafi

 Series: Shatter Me Trilogy

 Publisher: HarperCollins

 Genre: Paranormal, Romance

 Age Range: 14+


Shatter MeI have a curse.
I have a gift.
I'm a monster.
I'm more than human.
My touch is lethal.
My touch is power.
I am their weapon.
I will fight back.
No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever.

Unravel Me: Juliette is still haunted by her deadly touch. But now that she has teamed up with other rebels with powers of their own, she'll be able to fight back against The Reestablishment to save her broken world. With the help of these new allies, she'll also finally learn the secret behind Adam's—and Warner's—immunity to her killer skin.

Ignite Me: With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn't know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won't keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that's not all he wants with her.


     Just a quick little disclaimer before I begin: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS. I will try to have a nonspoilery section before the spoilery section, but regardless, there will be spoilers. I have warned you, so now you may read at your own discretion.
     Wow. Just wow. First off, while I may not have loved the actual plot of this trilogy (more on that later), I did love the writing style. Tahereh Mafi has some of the most gorgeous writing that I have read in a long time- maybe in forever. Everything is so lyrical, and, honestly, her writing is just really nice to read. I put off reading this series forever because of all the hype surrounding it, but now I would read the author's grocery lists if I could. I really hope to read her mini-stories from Warner's POV. Tahereh Mafi has become one of my favorite authors.
     Now is where things get spoilery. So, the first book's plot was great. Juliette is in jail, Adam comes, Warner comes, things go to hell in about six seconds, and, in the middle of this all, Juliette finds the time to fall in love with the first guy who looks at her twice (more on the romance later). The second book kind of drags along a little for me. Sure, we have great fighting scenes, but Juliette is in the middle of her transformation. She's still mopey, and whiny, and, well, safe. The third book was probably my favorite out of all of them. We have so much action, so much drama, Juliette finishes her transformation, and things just happen right after each other.
     Juliette changes so much throughout this trilogy. In the first book, I absolutely loved her. She was a girl learning to be around people after so many years of seclusion. Well, and ya know, the whole not-being-able-to-touch-people thing. In the second book, Juliette got on my nerves a bit. She became more whiny, more self-absorbed, and more reckless and stupid. In the the third book however, Juliette got so much better- she was kick-butt, was much more involved in the actual war, and was so AMAZING.
     Juliette was the main character, by far, but she also had an amazing cast of secondary characters. I won't talk about Adam and Warner yet, because they're a whole new topic of discussion. Kenji was probably my favorite character from the whole trilogy. I absolutely loved him. He made me laugh so hard, and I was constantly shaking my head at his shenanigans. Besides my baby Kenji, I loved the two S's that took care of Juliette and roomed with her- Sara and Something Else That Starts With An S. They were sweet, and I really wanted to learn more about them. Castle was also a pretty okay character. He was a pretty solid leader of an underground rebellion.
     Something that I didn't exactly fall in love with about this trilogy was the romance. Yes, it was nice and cute and troubled, but I felt like it was unnecessary drama for Juliette to go through. That being said, I am so torn. Adam is the sweet, boy-next-door, your-best-friend kind of guy that I love so much. But Warner is funny, kind of evil, and has the bad boy vibe that I love. I hated Warner for the first two books because I fell for his tricks. In the third book however, he slowly became more and more... okay with me. I never really loved him, but Warner is okay. Adam, I fell in love with very quickly. About three-quarters through the  second book, I began disliking him more and more. I loved Adam, but he began acting like an absolute brat! He said some really rough and hurtful things towards Juliette, but he was really hurting, and Juliette did dump him for his arch nemesis.
     In conclusion, this trilogy is definitely worth the read, and I can't wait to see what Tahereh Mafi writes next. Just a quick side-note, these book covers are GORGEOUS. The second one is my favorite.

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