Book Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Young Adult > Dystopia

(Shatter Me #1)

Juliette 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.

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…is there a Team Kenji? I’m crazy for this guy!

I’m not gaga about it, but Shatter Me was kinda fun, considering I’m in the mood for romance. My first problem is this: too metaphorical. I didn’t mind the strikethrough texts (I actually liked them), but the metaphors were darn distracting. My second problem: Juliette was repetitive. She was too disbelieving! Didn’t Adam just said why he’s doing what he did? And yet Juliet still had to ask the same freaking question 2-3 more times. Gah.

Adam was undeniably hot – a prime soldier, with tats (ahem). *beams* And he’s very kind, and I was like, aw, hell. Hot and kind, that’s a pretty dangerous combination. And yet I asked myself: Can I really believe that Adam was both? But I liked his quiet strength, his tempered emotions. It was invigorating.

This book was okay, but when Kenji appeared, oh my. He’s so irritatingly charming! I have these bursts of laughter when he’s goading Adam and hitting on Juliette. It’s just the right mix of fun, you know? I say, I’m team Kenji if there ever was one. Ha!

Shatter Me could be good. The ending was an irking reecho of a popular movie installment. And please lessen the metaphorical overfill. It shatters the bottle of emotions I could’ve enjoyed while reading. Pun intended.

#5 Dystopia Challenge 2013

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SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi

Ebook, 248 pages

Published November 15th 2011 by HarperCollins

3.5/5 stars

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Book Review: Benny Imura #3: Flesh and Bone by Jonathan Maberrry

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Young Adult > Dystopia | Post-Apocalyptic

(Benny Imura #3)

Reeling from the tragic events of Dust & Decay, Benny Imura and his friends plunge deep into the zombie-infested wastelands of the great Rot & Ruin. Benny, Nix, Lilah and Chong journey through a fierce wilderness that was once America, searching for the jet they saw in the skies months ago. If that jet exists then humanity itself must have survived…somewhere. Finding it is their best hope for having a future and a life worth living.

But the Ruin is far more dangerous than any of them can imagine. They are hunted by fierce animals escaped from zoos and circuses. They must raid zombie-infested towns for food and medical supplies. They discover the very real truth in the old saying: In the Rot & Ruin…everything wants to kill you.

And what is happening to the zombies? Swarms of them are coming from the east, devouring everything in their paths. These zoms are different. Faster, smarter, infinitely more dangerous. Has the zombie plague mutated, or is there something far more sinister behind this new invasion of the living dead?

In Flesh & Bone, Benny Imura, Nix Riley, Lou Chong and Lilah the Lost Girl are pitted against dangers greater than anything they’ve ever faced. To survive, each of them must rise to become the warriors Tom trained them to be.

Book 1: Rot and Ruin review     Book 2: Dust and Decay review

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…after reading this third book in the series, I’m not sure if there’s a happy ending for Benny Imura. and that kinda sucks.

I would’ve finished this sooner if I didn’t lose my Kindle last December. *sadness* Anyway, I’m not that quite elated when I finished Flesh and Bone. Sure there’s still gore, fanaticism, and heartbreak. But the characters are aggravating, and add to that, that their situation seemed to be stuck at perpetual bad luck, I was crestfallen.

Well, I did like Benny‘s bizarre conversations with his brother, Tom. It was fitting. I understood Benny’s ‘craziness’. What I did not get was Nix. Man, I was so put out by her misplaced touchiness. Was she the only person who lost someone?!! Benny has more right to grieve and yet, he always end up consoling her. So not cool, Nix.

Lila and Chong are the biggest surprises of Flesh and Bone. Her POV was intense, while his was… funny, but aching with worry and regret. I felt so lost with those two, as they are lost in their unbounded feelings for each other. Now I’m wishing zombies doesn’t exist in Rot & Ruin. It doesn’t have to be so tragic! 😦

A new villain has come out and he’s more creepy and dangerous than the previous bad guys. There is always something menacing for idealists and fanatics. *goosebumps* But there also new allies that warmed my already desolate heart.

Snarky humor and amazing action scenes are ever present, and there never was a dull moment with Benny Imura and his friends. I need more hope though. Seems to me too much despair and anguish has been thrown their way in Flesh and Bone. Now I’m thinking too, that maybe there’s nothing good to live for anymore in Benny’s world.

#2 Dystopia Challenge 2013

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FLESH AND BONE by Jonathan Maberry

Ebook, 363 pages

Published September 10th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

4/5 stars