Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #2
Publication Date: HarperCollins
Publisher: February 5, 2013
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 465 (ARC)
Source: Borrowed from a Friend
tick, tick, tick, tick, tick
time for war.
Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.
She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.
Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.
In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.
I am at a loss for words with this one. It took all my hopes for a strong sequel and left me completely dumfounded because of the sheer creativity and unforeseeable surprises that were littered throughout the novel. It literally ripped out my heart, stitched it back up, and tugged on my heartstrings again and again. And I have no idea how to properly put my love of this novel into a coherent and intelligent review.
I'll be honest and say that as I first began this novel, I was incredibly disappointed. For the solid first hundred pages of the book Juliette reverted back to the scared, reclusive girl we met at the beginning of SHATTER ME. All of her growth, her new knowledge and self-esteem, was completely thrown out of the window and, I'll admit, it was slightly frustrating having to see her get built up a second time around. Her irrationality is always part of her as a character and it is one of the many things that makes her endearing to me, but my excitement for this novel began to waver as I had to watch these sequences unfold. But when it became increasingly apparent that despite Juliette's need to be built back up again, the plot of the trilogy was easily going to continue with new twists and ways to bring her out of her shell, I was easily relaxed. And let me tell you, the rest of the book more than makes up for the temporary set back that the beginning presented.
Watching Juliette's growth was amazing. Picking up a mere two weeks after SHATTER ME ended, our characters at the very beginning, aside from Juliette, do not change much. The immense growth among them all was fascinating to me as a reader and easily held my interesting. It truly made the novel for me. Kenji, as always, provided a large portion of comic relief.
But the biggest surprise, for me at least, was Warner. Warner does play such an important role in this novel, and man, do we learn a lot about him. Is he a psychopath? Without a doubt. But does Mafi somehow find a way to show his vulnerabilities and soft side, so much so that we actually learn to love such a twisted character and maybe even want to clone him for ourselves? HELL TO THE YES. His entrance into the whole of the novel set a new tone for the series and made this book not only stand out among the love triangles and dystopians, but set the bar even higher for a series that I never thought could get any better. I admit that I couldn't fathom why so many people were switching teams upon reading this novel, but Mafi is a literary genius that shows even those who are undoubtedly certifiably insane can experience a passion so intense that it is indescribable. With her unique writing style, Mafi is capable of amazing things, and she does not disappoint. I cannot even begin to describe how much I have missed her writing style before I was able to read this book. And the swoony moments that made my heart beat double-time because I simply could not fathom what I was reading is that amazing cheery on top of that already delicious hot fudge sundae with extra whipped cream.
In conclusion, this is one novel that surpassed all expectations and completely blew my mind. The ending unfortunately is a cliffhanger, but it's the type of cliffhanger that makes you eager for the next book because it clearly hints at the large character development that Juliette will experience in book three. I am eagerly anticipating its release and highly recommend this series to anyone. And I also feel obligated to apologize for this review. This book blew my mind so much that my brains have turned to mush and I simply cannot comprehend and properly describe my extreme love of Tahereh Mafi's amazing mind.
And now... to regale you with some of the quotes that I really enjoyed. They had me thanking the heavens to be immersed in Mafi's world. Though I have to say that my true favorite quotes are so amazing that you simply have to read them for yourself
and maybe ten more times after that like I did.
"I am nothing more than the consequence of catastrophe."
"It's the kind of kiss that makes you realize oxygen is overrated."
"Hope. It's like a drop of honey, a field of tulips blooming in the springtime. It's fresh rain, a whispered promise, a cloudless sky, the perfect punctuation mark at the end of a sentence."
"I want this up...and I want these down."
That last one...Oh. My. God. Use your imagination.