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Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi

Goodreads Synopsis for Shatter Me: 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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Before I get started, I’d like to apologize for doing these full trilogy reviews. I lost all my reviews when a blog I co-ran with someone was deleted and I’m too lazy to type up new reviews for each individual book I’ve read recently. Anywhoooo…

The main character Juliette, naïve, whiny, and annoying Juliette, has the ability to kill people by touching them. Her parent disowned her so she spent a majority of her life away from the real world.

One day Juliette gets a roommate, his name is Adam and he ends up being a soldier sent by Warner, the son of the leader of the Reestablishment. Warner wants to use Juliette as a weapon to help take over what little is left of the world. Warner has spent SO much time watching Juliette on surveillance cameras and reading all her files. He is obsessed with her and he’s not afraid to show it.

Adam ends up being an old acquaintance of Juliette, and he’s the only person she can touch. So of course Adam and Juliette fall in love and escape together. After escaping, they run into Kenji, another soldier, and they try to find Omega Point, a place for people with superhuman abilities… and that’s the end of book one.

Book two takes place at Omega Point and there’s lots of training and relationship issues, and book three resolves the superhuman/human dispute. In my honest opinion, all three books could have been cut down and combined into a 500-600 page book. I just felt like there was A LOT of unneeded relationship drama.

What I didn’t like:
1) The storyline is way predictable and unoriginal.
2) The characters are your typical YA characters that fall in instalove with a love triangle.
4) You know as much about the world as the protagonist Juliette does, so you’re left clueless and eager for more information. Get used to it because there isn’t any world building at all and a lot of things are left unexplained.
5) Warner is so creepy. He was creepy the entire series. Adam was creepy to me too, but not as creepy as Warner. Like, he got Juliette’s journal and obsessively read and reread it. WHY DO GIRLS FIND HIM ATTRACTIVE!?
6) The only character I liked was Adam’s little brother. Kenji would start to grow on me then get annoying.

Things I liked:
1) The concept of humans with superpowers is something I’ve loved since I was a small child, sadly you don’t get to see much of that because the story revolves around the romance.
2) The writing style is beautiful.
3) Juliette had a lot of character development, which if you read the books you’ll see in book three.

Although I wasn’t a huge fan of the characters, the non-romance side of the story kept me interested and was pretty fast paced. Although it didn’t get the best review, this trilogy did help me get out of the awful reading rut I was in.

Overall Series Rating: tumblr_inline_nbptlpV9ce1qdokuq tumblr_inline_nbptlxaJcu1qdokuq tumblr_inline_nbptl5RKBV1qdokuq

Spoilers below!

Warner and Adam are half brothers, and both of them can touch Juliette. Warner sort of absorbs powers and Adam blocks them. Blocking Juliette’s powers nearly kills Adam, bringing in a lot drama and ending their relationship. Since both boys like Juliette there’s even more problems… Typical annoying love triangle stuff. Juliette ends up with Warner, and Adam turns into the biggest jerk ever.

The ending: Juliette shoots the Supreme Commander, who is Warner and Adam’s father, in the end of the last book and becomes the new leader. It was so sudden and it just ends there. She shouldn’t be the new leader! Not even with Warner at her side. Such an unsatisfying ending.

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