Let me tell you something about this series. Juliette will get inside your head, and she’ll never leave. Her voice is real, it is heart-wrenching, and it is powerful.
You will never forget. You will always want more of Shatter Me. Everything that I ever want a YA dystopian story to do, Tahereh Mafi does that thing. Every type of romance that I want to occur, Tahereh makes it happen.
The Shatter Me series is everything I’ve ever wanted in a dystopian romance, and then some.
Shatter Me is the story of Juliette, a prisoner of the cruel Section 45 leader, Warner. Juliette lives in a world past the brink of disaster. The Reestablishment has taken over the U.S. and is lead by the cruelest of men, Anderson, who is also Warner’s father. Juliette must escape her prison, she falls in love
falls in lust with a soldier named Adam, and later becomes a member of a group of rebels with superhuman powers. While the plot is very well done, the world-building is fascinating and complex, the superpowers are just the right amount of cool and creepy, the best part of the series is simply the characters.
The Shatter Me series is mostly a story about characters. About self-discovery and confidence. About being who you are and
hating it being okay with it. About getting stronger, and hurting helping your friends, and being accepted by them. The drama between Juliette, Warner, and Adam centers around Juliette changing from a terrified, weak, pathetic, yet sweet little girl into a confident, strong, outspoken, and wild woman. Yes, she has changed, but here’s the thing: Juliette wasn’t herself before. Adam didn’t fall in love with the real her. Warner was able to see who she really was all along, and he did terrible things to try and help Juliette realize that herself.
And you know what? He did it. “You were right all along,” Juliette says to him in Ignite Me, the final installment in the series. It is amazing how Tahereh made us hate
want Warner at first, and so fiercely. Yet now. . .now he is so dear to me. Warner has made an incredible impact on me throughout the Shatter Me series. More than Anderson, more than Juliette, more than Adam or even Kenji, Warner has had the most powerful and complex emotional experiences. I respect him so, so much, and I love Juliette for loving him respecting him, too.
Alright, can we talk about Tahereh’s writing style? Because it is the best thing ever in any YA book. I am so serious right now. Juliette’s stream of consciousness, free-thinking prose is simply incredible. I cannot get enough. It is so powerful, so compelling, and so real. I don’t know how she does it so well, but I know I don’t ever want this series to end. Lately I have been a little fed up with trilogies that could have told the story better in a single novel, but this is not one of them. This story needs even more than 3 books to be complete, and to be told well.
Thankfully there are 2 novellas, first published as ebooks and now available in the Unite Me paperback collection, which give readers a little extra. Destroy Me tells what happens after Shatter Me, and from Warner’s point of view. I was floored by this novella, by Tahereh’s perfect picture from inside Warner’s head. Fracture Me is from Adam’s point of view, and tells what happens after book 2.
So if you haven’t read Shatter Me, you need to go get it right here and now. And make sure you get the second one right away. And have access to an e-reading device so you can read the novellas. Because you
need to stop won’t want to stop.