I did a buddy-read in January with two of my close bookstagram friends on this series and it was an amazing experience because I got to share my reactions to the books with them and they could share their reactions with me. The series took me on a roller coaster of emotions and I am glad I got to experience it with Mathilde and Tika.
The review might contain mild spoilers.
Juliette has been isolated for 264 days. Isolated for something she has no control over.
She was locked up for murder by the Reestablishment after the last person she touched died. No one can explain why her touch is lethal and no one cares that she never wanted to hurt anybody. The world is too chaotic to care anyway.
The Reestablishment claim that they are the only ones who can save the world, yet with rebellion brewing they are changing their minds. First, they put away Juliette because of the supposed threat that she posed, now they plan on weaponizing her.
But Juliette has to decide if she will be a puppet in their hands, or a warrior fighting for a better future.
What I liked about the book: Shatter Me is essentially a book where X-Men meets 1984 and Divergent. I really enjoyed the world-building and some of the characters (read: Kenji, Warner, James) and had difficulty with the main cast of characters (Juliette and Adam). Sometimes the book really reminded me also of the Grisha trilogy, and I found a lot of similarities between Adam and Mal, although I can claim that Juliette is way better than Alina. Warner, however, won me completely, as did James and Kenji.
What I didn’t like about the book: Adam is absolutely insufferable from the very beginning and I could barely get through his moments and Juliette is pretty difficult to understand initially.
It took me two weeks to get through the book, but I am glad I got into the series and listened to my friends to keep reading.
A quote: “I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”
My rating: 2/5 stars.
Have you read the books? What do you think about Juliette?