Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series is an incredibly unique, somewhat polarizing experiment in teen angst combined with dystopia and science fiction. I’ve been a fan since the first book, which won me over with its unique prose and sense of immediacy. The series comes to a close with Ignite Me, a book I can basically say nothing about without spoiling major plot points. So I’m not going to talk about the plot – I’m just going to jump right in to my thoughts on the book, keeping this spoiler-free as much as possible! Continue reading
She may only be 24 years old, but Tahereh Mafi has already become a force to be reckoned with in young adult fiction. Her debut novel, Shatter Me, is a unique blend of emotional turmoil, dystopia, romance, and super powers. Mafi pulls all these elements into one suspenseful package tied together by her unusual and captivating style of writing.
Unravel Me, the next book in the Shatter Me series, hits bookstore shelves and e-readers February 5th. A big thank you to Tahereh for taking the time out of her busy schedule to answer a few of our questions about the Shatter Me series.
Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, with its unique spin on YA dystopian, was one of my favorite books of 2011 (Read my review). After what felt like a very long wait for my impatient mind, the next book in the series, Unravel Me is finally out and fans can catch up with their emotional heroine, Juliette, and her stoic significant other, Adam. As always with sequel books, there will likely be some spoilers for the first book in my review. Continue reading
I’m not even really sure how to begin to summarize Shatter Me, because there is just so much. We meet our protagonist, Juliette, in an insane asylum. Juliette has unique powers, similar to Rogue from X-Men: when she touches people she sucks the life out of them. As a result, she’s locked up in the asylum. In this setting, we learn about Juliette’s past, as well as the fairly recent shift in society that has led to the country being run by something called “The Reestablishment.” It’s your usual dystopian stuff – something bad happens, powerful people take advantage of it, even worse things happen as a result. Since the Reestablishment is still fairly new, neither the reader nor Juliette totally knows what’s happening outside of the asylum walls. During this section we are also introduced to Adam, a boy from Juliette’s past who is now a soldier for the Reestablishment. Continue reading