Hey guys! I apologize for not updating for a while. I understand that I am a bit late on some of my weekly posts, but I’ve been having a couple medical procedures and have been dealing with health issues lately that I hope will no longer be affecting my ability to write for all of you. But since I do have a couple of chronic conditions (ones that will not be going away for a very long time–if ever), so I cannot promise anything to you guys, though I wish I could. But moving on with why you’re here.
This week, my weekly recommendation isn’t just one book. It’s an entire series.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
About the Author
Tahereh Mafi is an aspiring, relatively young author for the fame she has acquired. She was born in Connecticut, succeeding four brothers, and lived in many places across the United States before she even graduated high school (something I can relate to), some examples included Connecticut, North Carolina, and California, where she completed high school and attended college. She also spent a semester in Barcelona, where she completely submerged herself in the Spanish culture and language. This added on one more language she can speak, which now makes 8 different languages she knows! Amazing, right?
About the Book(s)
The first book of the series–Shatter Me, is about a young girl residing in a cell by herself in essentially an insane asylum of their time. This takes place in the distant future, but never gives an exact date, year, anything. Juliette (the young girl) has the ability to kill anyone, as long as they touch her bare skin. But, just as it is a great strength for her to have, it is also her greatest weakness—she can never be touched. Not by her parents, not by doctors, not by anyone. So, The Reestablishment (their so-called ‘government’ at the time) locks her up and throws away the key. Until Adam Kent shows up, and is sharing the same cell as she is. Thus, chaos ensues.
The first book I read when I was younger, and I really didn’t fall in love with it ASAP. It was a time in my life where you had to hook me right at the beginning of a story to make sure I’d read the entire thing. Unfortunately, I just didn’t have the patience to sit through the first or second chapter for it to get really good. But, thankfully, one of my friends recommended that I go back and read it again (this time I had matured a bit and finally had some patience), and I’m so glad I did. It is a bit of a cliché plotline, but being so well-written and relatable makes it worthwhile.
Plus the fact that there are three more books that follow up on it, and more on the way (YES!), makes it even more captivating because you know that there’s so much more ahead. Just as a structure for you guys on here, this is a list format of the order. I myself accidentally read the third one before the second and screwed myself up completely about a month ago.
- Shatter Me
- Unravel Me
- Ignite Me
- Novellas Destroy Me and Fracture Me* (Also titled Unite Me)
- Restore Me
*The novella Destroy Me takes place between the first and second books, from a different character’s perspective, and Fracture Me is also a completely different character’s POV, but is set during the final events of Unravel Me and for a short time after. They’re still nice books to read, though.
Also, since there’s Thanksgiving break coming up soon, and with Winter break in about a month’s time, there’s plenty of time to read them. Or, if you and your family celebrate Christmas during that time of year and you have a little book nerd in your family, I promise this makes a great present. So, just for you guys, I’ve included links to Amazon for the best prices on these books individually AND the box deal as well. Unfortunately, the box deal doesn’t come with Unite Me, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy that, too.
Good luck guys. Thanks for visiting and reading, and I wish you all the best! Keep reading!