View from the window seat:
Juliette’s touch is fatal. That’s why the Reestablishment locked her up in an asylum, after she accidentally killed someone. The world has bigger problems than Juliette, though. The world is dying: crops won’t grow, animals are gone, people are dying, the weather is chaotic. The Reestablishment claims it’s the only salvation for humanity. But with whispers of rebellion, the Reestablishment decides they might need Juliette. She can be their weapon, or she can fight to choose her path for the first time in her life.
This is going to be a difficult review to write. I’ve heard so many people raving about this book (including two of my book club BFFs). I wanted to instantly love it…and I didn’t.
I think it was hard for me to get into because the writing style was so different from what I’m used to. There are a lot of hyperboles and similes and I kept getting lost in the long descriptions.
I get it, though. Juliette has been in isolation for so long, of course she’s going to sound a little crazy in her narrative. She uses numbers to keep herself sane and she’s obsessed with words, so naturally she uses as many as possible. I think it’s just such a different way of writing, especially with the cross-outs, that it threw me off a bit.
I didn’t love Juliette either. She was very goody-two-shoes. She redeems herself when she shoots a douchebag, but most of the time I wanted Adam to stop praising her and start making her stand up for herself.
I really think I stuck around for the superpowers, because superpowers are awesome. When Kenji is introduced, things start getting interesting. So even though the writing threw me off, I’m going to stick around for Unravel Me. Because…superpowers.
Though the writing style isn’t my thing, the ending of Shatter Me left me wanting to find out what happens next.