By Tahereh Mafi
Shatter Me – Book 2
Available February 2013
time for war.
Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.
She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.
Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.
In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.
This Blonde’s Review:
Juliette thought life at Omega Point would be better for her. She isn’t alone anymore, she’d fit in there. Except life isn’t perfect.
Juliette isn’t a changed person just for being at Omega Point. She still has doubts and she still isolates herself. Those doubts and her fears will keep her from accepting her powers or gaining control of them. As long as she’s so unstable she won’t trust herself and no one else can trust her when she doesn’t trust herself.
Luckily she has Adam. Even if he seems distant and distracted.
When she discovers that Adam isn’t as safe at Omega Point as she thought she is determined to do whatever it takes to protect him. Juliette is willing to do whatever it takes to help the people she cares about, even if they’re people she never expected to care about.
When Warner shows up in her life in an unexpected way and turns out to have unexpected talents, Juliette is more intrigued than she imagined she could be. We’ll also learn that there are more similarities between the two men in her life than we ever imagined, while some things are as opposite as can be.
As both sides gear up for war, Juliette knows she’ll have to make a choice. She’ll have to decide whether she can do what is expected of her.
I had mixed feeling about this one. Watching Juliette continue to act pathetic annoyed me. I had a hard time accepting how easy it was for her to curl up into herself. At the same time, I knew it couldn’t be easy for her to be alone all the time without anything to help with the hard thoughts, so the way she is was only to be expected.
Despite my mixed feelings for Juliette, I find myself wanting to know what’s going to happen. We do have a clear idea of who we should see as good and bad, yet some things aren’t as clear cut as we’re used to seeing. Our good leader is someone I have trouble respecting, since a leader needs to be stronger than I feel theirs is. I do look forward to to next book to see if he can make the kinds of decisions that need to be made without going too far.
And the boys…. I’m much less interested in the potential love triangle than I am in the choices that they’ll have to make in the situations they find themselves in.
If you enjoyed the first book then you need to read this one. It doesn’t give us any solid answers but it gives us a peek at the kind of girl Juliette can be when she learns to trust herself. As much as this is the story of supernatural powers and war in a world of ultimate control, it’s mostly the story of a girl and how she comes into herself.