- Publisher: HarperCollins
- Publication date: 2/4/2014
- Series: Shatter Me Series , #3
- Format: Audiobook
- Length: 9 hours and 50 minutes
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- Source: Digital audiobook provided by the publisher for review
*This is the third and final book in this series. My review may contain minor spoilers from the first two books, but will be spoiler free for this one.
The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, called "a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love."
With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn't know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won't keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that's not all he wants with her.
The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Tahereh Mafi has created a captivating and original story that combines the best of dystopian and paranormal, and was praised by Publishers Weekly as "a gripping read from an author who's not afraid to take risks." Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and satisfying end.
It seems like so many times the final book in a series isn't quite what you were hoping for. That is not the case at all for this one. I loved this!! I thought that it was a brilliant conclusion to an awesome series. The lyrical writing was one of my favorite things. Then there are the characters!! OMG Kenji and my love for him! He is just made of awesome. And, I don't think an author has ever turned my opinion of a character around so much. Warner was a character that I despised!! Even when others were falling for him in the second book, I still couldn't fathom liking a psychopath killer. Well, at the end of this series, I loved him!! I had so many feels reading (actually listening) to this book that I would find reasons to go run an errand or something just to get into my car and get to hear a few more chapters. I was completely wrapped up in this final installment and I thought that it ended perfectly.
Juliette is a character that has taken time to really love for me. She is in a bad place in the first book, starts to know herself better in the second book, but really grows to trust herself and others in this one. Being in her head is beautiful, ridiculous, and harsh at times. I loved every second of it. I loved how she didn't give up. Even when faced with what seemed like impossible situations, she found a way. She has been thrown some super rough things, and had a crap life, but that didn't break her forever, it shaped her to be the person she was in this. She went from being afraid of herself, to trusting and embracing her power.n To trusting others. To knowing how to control herself and to take down the Establishment once and for all.
Onto the love triangle. One that I actually really enjoyed. For anyone who read my review for the second book, you know how irritated I was with Adam. I thought he was a whining child for most of it. Well, in this one I just thought he was an ass. He let his anger and jealousy get the best of him and was absolutely horrible. I know that he loves Juliette, but I couldn't stand him in this one. Then, there is Warner who I swore I would never like because even though I felt bad for him and how he grew up, I couldn't like a psycho killer. Juliette is pretty much the only soft spot he has. That is still mostly true in this, but while we get to know him more, I began to love him. I couldn't believe it!! I will say it, Warner is amazing!! Anyways, this little love triangle is good, because it's not ridiculous. I can understand Juliette's confusion, and even more, I understand why she makes the choices she does. And there is no shortage of HOT in this. ;)
The audio of this was fantastic. The reader had the perfect voice for Juliette and put in all the emotion. She captured the story so perfectly. She did the different voices well, and most of the time I was sure of who was who. She brought the lyrical writing to life in a way I could have never read it myself and I just couldn't stop listening. This goes on my list for one of the top audiobooks I have listened to.
This book was pretty much perfect to me. It gave me all the emotions, and kept me needing to continue until the very last word. The way things progressed, the desperation, the angst, all of it. And oh the swoon factor!! There were so many lines that I ended up bookmarking in my physical copy just to go back and melt over. I also loved the way that it ended. It felt perfect for the series. This series as a whole was amazingly awesome and is one of my favorites. I am so sad that it's over, but I hope that whatever Tahereh Mafi writes next has her same gorgeous writing style. Of course no matter what, I will read it anyways. She has a solid spot in my favorite authors list.
*An audiobook copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.