What the hell happened here?????
First of all, I know this review is an “Unpopular Opinion” but this is my own honest opinion, how I experienced that book that was one of my most awaited this year as I love the Shatter Me series.
Feel free to disagree of course and if you loved it, it will make me very happy as I think Tahereh Mafi is a great writer and a fantastic person.
But it just did not work for me and it left me sad and very puzzled!
I love Juliette/Ella and Warner/Aaron. They are among my favorite OTP. And Warner is one of my book boyfriends.
So imagine my disappointment when this book had mostly two POV: Juliette/Ella and Kenji!
I like Kenji but my beloved Warner just had a meagre saying in the epilogue.
Other things that bugged me enormously here: everything felt disjointed, distorted. I can’t explain precisely why but we jumped from Kenji’s somehow organised chapters to Juliette’s wholy surreal-nightmarish-all over the place chapters.
And yes I get why Julliette’s chapter would be like that, obviously but they rather felt like fillers as they all more or less repeated the same pattern, except when she was changed.
It gave an incoherent feel to the storyline. It probably fits the book perfectly but I hated that feel.
What is a “salvation” and where I bow low to Tahereh’s audacity is what she made Juliette do and how she made Juliette “be”. I won’t give spoilers here but let’s say that it was shocking and Tahereh went all in, while others could have sugarcoated some actions or avoided some behaviors, plain and simple, just to spare their readers. It was the hardest part to read, sometimes I wanted to scream in disbelief and puke but it was also something to admire. Tahereh was gutsy here!
The ending was rushed even if, on the other hand, I loved what Warner did in these scenes in the laboratory. It was also one part that I really loved in the story.
My big regret, Juliette’s incoherent and patchy thoughts aside, was the epilogue.
What’s that for an epilogue? I wanted more! I wanted Tahereh to see us through it all till the end!
I also think that we’ll maybe have a companion novella from Warner’s POV and I won’t read it! Because I hate companion novellas in series. It always feels like the author is trying to fill in something that should have been in the book, not out of it in a parallel story.
But again, that’s my own personal taste.
Will I read Tahereh’s books again? Absolutely as I am a big fan. But this one, the “style” and the storyline choice just did not work for me. And that’s a big disappointment as I had ordered that book months ago, as soon as it was available for preorder.
Okay now you can shoot me. Comments are welcome, disagreeing with me is also very welcome but only if you are respectful. After all, this is only a book right?
Thanks for reading!