Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: An X-Men Tale Masquerading as a Dystopian

I’ll admit, I’ve been putting off this review for quite some time. Probably because I’m lazy. Whatever. But I’m getting around to it FINALLY, so that’s the main thing.

I think I’m just going to list this one out. Because it’s easier and that’s how my brain thinks.

But before I get to that, a little background with this book. I tried reading it when it first came out. I was in high school and I DNFd it at around 30ish pages (this was a while ago, so I don’t know how accurate that page guess is). But recently I had a few people telling me that I should give this series another go, and I was looking for a quick read. That lead to me giving this book another try and actually being able to finish it.


  • The writing style. Which is surprising for me, because this was the reason I DNFd this book before. But it was interesting and intriguing. You just have to go into the book knowing that it’s quite different. Poetic almost. I loved the insight it gave us into Juliette’s personality and who she is as a character. At times, it did feel like she was trying a little too hard to be poetic. But, you know, I think it really would have helped if I had known to keep pushing through and let the style grow on me.
  • There was a nostalgic aspect for me. This is probably because these books are dystopian and the last time I read dystopian was high school. So it was like a blast to my past. And it was an interesting premise.
  • Everyone was nuts. But really. All psychos. All of them. I’m excited to get more into all of their craziness throughout the series.

  • Juliette and Adam. Because it felt like insta-love. And insta-love makes me cringe. I don’t know. I get that they have a history together, but I feel like their relationship was quick and instant and I didn’t really see why they liked to each other (I mean, they never even talked to each other).
  • The cover is hideous. It looks like a dramatic teenage Shania Twain. I’m glad there was a cover change. Not that I’m a huge fan of the creepy eye on the cover, but it’s definitely an improvement! (I know, I know. I’m vain and shallow.)
  • I feel like I wasn’t always sure where this novel was going. Maybe that’s because I wasn’t quite grounded in the world. This was probably because Juliette has been locked up for so long, so she doesn’t know much of what’s happening. I get why it’s done. I just felt like the plot was a little all over the place at times.
  • The ending was too easy. Like, way too easy. Sure there was “conflict,” but it all got conveniently resolved by the end. Which would be more acceptable if this was a standalone (but not entirely acceptable). But this is a series. I don’t want things to be convenient. I want struggle and tears!
  • This was maybe X-Men? I won’t give anything away, BUT WHY?!? Juliette is Rogue. No one can touch her. If you’ve read this book, think about it. Because it’s totally a thing.

I did finally finish this book after my long break from the moment I DNFd it, but it’s definitely not without its flaws. I’m really hoping the second one will improve. I was told the insta-love gets more understandable and less awful, so here’s to hoping! I’ll definitely continue the series (especially since they recently announced a fourth book), but I’m in no rush to get to it.

Have you read this series and does it get better? Did you feel the X-Men vibes or am I just crazy? Did you feel like Adam and Juliette had insta-love? Do you like her writing style?

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