Do not read this review unless you have read Shatter Me
Synopsis: 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.
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
Cover: Once again, these covers for this series never failed to look utterly flawless. The silhouette of the bird in the eye which was a large part of the book was placed in the perfect place not to be completely obvious. Tahereh Mafi’s book covers are probably on my top favorite covers for their beauty that could draw in any reader.
My thoughts: The second installment of the Shatter Me series picked up right where the first novel left off. Adam, James, Kenji, and Juliette were in Omega Point, a secret facility, where people with powers learned to control them and live a normal life. This was also where Adam and Juliette learned that her touch had the potential to hurt him if he didn’t learn to control his ability to disable powers. This revelation put a gigantic damper on their relationship, straining it to the point where it was about to break. Throughout this novel, Juliette was trying her hardest to come to terms with her powers and learned to control them in case there was a war between Omega Point and the Reestablishment. This was also the part in the series where Juliette and Kenji grew closer as friends. He was able to give her the blunt advice she needed during rough times while also giving her an escape from the stress in her life due to her powers. He provided the comedy in this book that was a relief considering Juliette’s mind was so incredibly sad and needed some source of happiness.
This installment in the series also introduced new characters such as Winston, Brendan, and Castle who tried their hardest to assist Juliette and Adam deal with their powers that caused a deep rift in their relationship. It actually hurt my heart to see them grow apart as a couple and see Adam be so cruel to Juliette at certain points. Warner also played a bigger role in this story which caused Juliette to wonder which boy she really cared about at the end of the day. He showed Juliette a deeper side of him that changed my thoughts on him. Learning about his past made me pity him and learn to love his character as much as I loved Adam. He had a dark side to him that was somehow beautiful in the way he expressed himself to Juliette so poetically in a way that Adam never seemed able to. All in all, this series was more focused on the romance side of a dystopian novel with the backdrop of an impending war that Omega Point was preparing for. It was incredibly interesting to see Juliette and Warner relate and grow closer together in a way that I never imagined to happen.
Once again, Tahereh Mafi wrote in such a beautiful, fluid, and unique way that no other author could ever replicate. She had a way of grasping the reader and bringing them straight into the dark world Juliette lived in. Reading Juliette’s narration was interesting to read again with certain thoughts crossed out as if she was still writing in her journal. The action Tahereh Mafi provided in the end of this book wasn’t confusing like some dystopian novels. It had the right amount of plot twists to make me cling to this book to see where the plot was going to go next. The romance in this book was indescribable with the perfect metaphors and dialogue the characters used to describe their feelings to one another. This series is addictive and unable to be put down until it was finished. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves romance with a smaller dosage of dystopian than usual. This was definitely a unique novel that I completely in love with.