Friday, 18 July 2014

Shatter Me (Re-Read)

Author: Tehereh Mafi
Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Dystopian
Type: Kindle e-book
Series: #1 in the Shatter Me series
Publisher: Harper Collins
First Published: November 2011
First Line: "I have been locked up for 264 days."

Book Description from GoodReadsJuliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior

My Review:  I first read this book back in December 2011 and really enjoyed it (see my original review HERE) but over the past few months I have bought a couple other books in the series and worried that since it had been so long since I had read it that it may be a good idea to reacquaint me with the storyline and main characters ... and I was right.  While the overall storyline slowly came back to me it was good to reacquaint myself with the dynamics between Juliette, Adam and Warner.

Do you know the adage 'you can never go home'?  This can also be true for re-reading books.  I can still see why I liked this book back in 2011 but only vaguely.  I guess time changes what we like and all that but I was surprised at how much more 'meh' I felt about a book that I remember really enjoying.

I still enjoyed Juliette's unique 'voice' and Warner's evil personality and his hint of humanity but overall this re-read was just a little lackluster from what I originally remember.  Still, it was good to remind myself what was going on at the beginning of the series because I have already read the next book (a novella) in the series Destroy Me (which focuses on Warner's view of things) -- review to come!

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars


Kathleen said...

Laurie same thing happened to me! I have always said that the Handmaid's Tale was one of my favorite books. Re-read it last month for the fourth time and wondered what all my hoopla was about. So interesting how we change.

Laurie@The Baking Bookworm said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one, Kathleen! I guess how you feel about a book depends on a lot of things. Like, your age, mood .... I have enjoyed re-reading some books but I guess others just don't match up to what I originally thought of them. And I guess that's OK too. :)

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