Juliette reminded me of X-MEN’s Rogue (except that she can’t absorb other people’s powers – as far as I know), and SHATTER ME reads like an X-MEN origin story. The novel is grim and dystopian, but with a paranormal twist. I’m not always the biggest fan of mixing paranormal and dystopian (see Michael Grant’s GONE), but at least in this installment, debut author Mafi keeps the otherworldly elements to a minimum (based on the ending, it seems like this will change in the sequels).
SHATTER ME takes the reader on a wild ride, with an exciting plot and intriguing characters. Juliette’s relationship with Adam goes beyond insta-romance and there’s so much chemistry between the two, the steam rises from the page. You’d think there'd be a lot of sexy-times with a set-up like that, right? But there are so many roadblocks thrown in the pair’s way, it starts to get a bit ridiculous, honestly.
Even though it afforded us with a glimpse of Juliette’s thought process, I wasn’t overly fond of the frequent strike-outs in the text (after a while it began to feel gimmicky). Mafi’s writing is often achingly lovely if somewhat more ornate than you’d expect to find in a dystopian thriller.
SHATTER ME will be released on November 15, 2011. Find out more about it at the author’s website.
Zombie chickens say:
Well worth reading. No really! Well worth reading - especially if you like a side of paranormal with your dystopian reads.
Song for the Ultimate Dystopian Playlist: Human Touch by Bruce Springsteen. Sample lyric: “I just want someone to talk to, and a little of that human touch.”