“Just like Heroes, the TV series”
First of, let me just say that the covers of this series are just AH-MAY-ZING! I mean, just WOW!
The Shatter Me series is 3 books and 2 novellas (haven’t read those yet) is an audiobook I picked out when I was waiting for my holds to be available from the library. I really did not have many expectations of this series but the blurb sounded really interesting, and did I mention those gorgeous covers?! When I started listening to it, I was taken in by the awesome narration (more on that later) and the vivid imagery.
The story is about Juliette, a girl who has been in an asylum for about a year because she had killed a little boy by touching him. Oh, did I mention that Juliette’s touch is deadly and causes extreme, excruciating pain? One night, a boy was put in the same cell she was held at. And what do you know, it was a boy that she had known when she was a child. His name is Adam and he is immune to Juliette’s touch.
I really loved the relationship between Juliette and Adam. The flashbacks to when they were in school really enhanced their feelings and made me feel that Adam was the perfect guy for her. Unfortunately, we meet another character in the story – Warner, who was ALSO immune to her touch. I immediately smelled a love triangle and I almost, ALMOST lost interest in the whole series.
Juliette’s inner conversations were perfect and added to the overall feel of the story. I liked listening to her voice and her thoughts and insecurities all throughout the first book but the second and third books made me think of Juliette as a spoiled brat.
I liked Juliette’s character development throughout the series, minus the periods of brattiness in the second book. I love the strength that she had to learn as the months went on and by the third book, I could see her as someone who can defeat the baddies.
By the second book, I already knew Juliette was going to end up with. I had hoped that I was wrong, but sadly, I wasn’t. [spoiler]I could not imagine how she chose Warner instead of Adam! I hated that the author changed Adam and Warner’s personalities in the second and third books. I felt it was just too ridiculous. Warner was already portrayed as an insensitive bastard and he just did a whole 180?![/spoiler] I did not appreciate that at all.
This whole series felt like the TV show Heroes (which I loved, by the way). The people residing at Omega Point where people with abilities, anomalies that they cultivated and mastered. Despite enjoying the series, I was just disappointed at the ending. I appreciate the shocking twists and revelations of the story but I still cannot come to terms with who Juliette chose in the end.
THOUGHTS ON THE AUDIO
Narrator: Kate Simses
I loved Kate Simses narration in the story. Her tiny voice felt like Juliette’s and I liked listening to it, especially since there were a lot of Juliette’s inner monologs. I expected to be irritated by Kate’s voice and narration but I felt that it added a dose of reality to the story.
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