Shatter Me Series

The Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi consists of three main books called Shatter Me, Unravel Me and Ignite Me, but also two companion novellas which are called Destroy Me (the POV of Warner at the end of book one) and Fracture Me (the POV of Adam at the end of book two). The novellas can be bought in one book called Unite Me. Did I confuse you enough with that? Good! Then we’ll go on with the plot of the books.

The series is about a girl called Juliette, who can’t be touched by anyone, because her touch inflicts an indescribable amount of pain and can be lethal. Of course, this means Juliette has lived her entire life in isolation, too afraid of hurting the people around her. Shunned by society, you’d think that Juliette turned out to be bitter and angry person, but she’s not. In fact, she never once fought back! And that’s what the book is about! Sure, it does involve a heck of a lot of romance and superpowers and stuff, but it is mainly about the transformation of Juliette from a whiny and crying girl to a confident woman.

This book series was nothing like I expected! It took me a little until I got into the story, but then I couldn’t stop reading. The style of writing is unusual and oh, all the things left unsaid. Things, that Juliette doesn’t even allow herself to think. The writing also changes as she gets more confident – it was beautiful!  I laughed and I was surprised, it really gripped me!

Everything that happened; I’m sometimes still so overwhelmed! After the first book, sort of everything started to collapse and I did not see it coming how much the characters would change throughout the series.  At some point, though, I really felt like I was reading this sort of dystopian version of X-Men. Juliette somewhat reminded me of Rogue and there are also people who can turn invisible and who can control things with their mind – I get that those are like standard superpowers, but still, something really reminded me of the mutants and their restistance.

In the end, I would say that Unravel Me and Ignite Me were better than Shatter Me, but of course, that’s just my opinion. I also enjoyed reading the companion novellas, although I felt as if Fracture Me revealed much more about Adam than Destroy Me did about Warner. I can already see people building teams, which I find very unnecessary for this book, but who cares. I like all the guys, but especially Warner and Kenji, because Adam seriously started to piss me off in the end.

I would have liked to read a little epilogue about what happened to the earth after the finale, but you can’t have everything. I am excited to hear that 20th Century Fox bought the film rights, before the book was even released. Let’s hope they don’t drop that one, like they did with Legend.  Did you read the series? What did you think about it? If you haven’t read it, do you think you might check it out?

UPDATE 6/19/2015

So, Tahereh Mafi just announced that after the movie didn’t happen, ABC Signature Studios now optioned the TV rights for the series. I actually think that a Shatter Me would work better on TV so I am massively excited about it! You can watch the full announcement and her fellow writer and husband Ransom Riggs talk about his book (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) getting adapted by watching polandbananaBOOKS (aka Christine Riccio) video here.

29 thoughts on “Shatter Me Series

    • I wouldn’t say true meaning of life, she’s quite certain of knowing what’s right and what’s wrong. But she has to be able to live with herself and see that she can do good with her powers and not just hurt people. I like that sort of stuff, but then again Juliette wasn’t even my favourite person in the series haha.

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  1. […] Tahereh announced on a BookTube video that the series has been optioned for TV and I just got SO excited! I am cautiously optimistic that it will happen and keep thinking about who may be cast for some of the characters (I might do a post for that soon!). I loved that world so much and I think I would’ve been sad if they just pushed all the content in 3 or 4 movies, this way they can go on even beyond the ending of the books. […]

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  2. I’ve heard so much hype about this book so I decided to pick it up. I absolutely love her writing style, it’s so poetic, but sadly I’m having a really hard time getting into it. I’m nearly finished with Shatter Me but I put it in hold because I just could not stand the characters, minus Warren, and the insta – love. Her writing is so beautiful and her characters are so bland..I find myself rolling my eyes most of the time instead of swooning. Do the other books get better? How did you feel about the first one? Everyone is talking about how this is one of the all time favorite series and I’m having such a hard time getting through it!

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    • Hmmm … that’s a tough one. I mostly adore the books because of the writing style. I think it’s absolutely beautiful and remains that way. However, the books are not so much about the story and more about the characters. If you want to see Adam sort of become the “bad” guy and Warner to be the hero, then you should read on, but those books aren’t for everyone. I don’t know if you are interested enough in Juliette’s transformation to keep going :/

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      • Your comment has intrigued me. Maybe I went into with the wrong idea.. That it was going to be this epic adventure.. I’ll try and look at it from a different perspective!

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