Welcome to a Fictional Reality

Welcome to a Fictional Reality

Monday, February 11, 2013

Shatter Me

"Shatter Me" by Tahereh Mafi had some pretty scathing reviews, but I am happy to say that I disagree with them.  I've mentioned before that dystopians are, by far, my favorite reads, so I was really interested in this one.

"Hate looks just like everybody else until it smiles.
Until it spins around and lies with lips and teeth carved into
the semblance of something too passive to punch."

When you open the book, your first thought is that this is an unedited copy since the pages have sections that are crossed out.  But don't worry, you do not have an unedited copy... it is supposed to be this way.  It is Mafi's way of showing you Juliette (the main character)'s conflicting thoughts.  Once you get a few pages into it, you start to feel the rhythm and purpose of these crossed out ideas.

Mafi has moments that are nothing short of pure literary brilliance, especially in her descriptions.  However, there are also parts that seem to be moving at a snail's pace.  It can be a frustrating book to start, but keep pushing through, and it will grow on you.

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1 comment:

  1. I found your great blog through the WLC Blog Follows on the World Literary Cafe! Great to connect!

    Syl Stein