So, I recently finished Ignite Me, the third book in the Shatter Me trilogy. Usually, I suffer a little, then get out a review and slap it onto the blog. Today, though, I had zero motivation to do this. Instead, I’ve got a helpful little quiz for you to help decide if you should read it!
1. How do you feel about dystopia? Because this is a dystopia with magic people and a ruined world, and everything you’d expect from that kind of book
a) Hate em! (go to q2)
b) Eh, they’re okay, a bit overdone (skip to q3)
c) Love them! (skip to q3)
2. What’s the one thing that could make you want to put up with dystopia?
a) Fantastic writing
b) Great fight scenes
c) Really unique characters (and mostly great ones – but Warner guys? Really? What am I missing there??)
3. How do you feel about love triangles? Because we have one between Adam, Juliette, and Warner, and I’ll admit I was pretty angry with it by the end of the Ignite Me
a) Hate em!
b) Eh, they’re okay, I can put up with them
c) Love them!
4. What’s the best book you’ve ever read in terms of writing style?
a) Fault In Our Stars/Perks of Being A Wallflower (you like a lot of metaphors)
b) Illuminae/We Were Liars (you like the weird uniqueness)
c) Knife Of Never Letting Go/Book Thief (you like the unfiltered honesty)
5. How do you like your fight scenes to be played out?
a) Instense fighting ALL THE TIME
b) I hate them! Give me more romance PLEASE
c) A couple of fight scenes, not too many
So, should I read Shatter Me?
I answered mostly a’s: I don’t think Shatter Me is really for you. It’s your pretty typical dystopia, with a lot of romance and not a lot of fighting. I’d recommend A Healing Heart if you’re looking for a one-boy-meets-one-girl type of book, or Throne of Glass if it was the lack of fighting that put you off
I answered mostly b’s: If you’re really stuck for something to read, or you like listening to hype, you could give this a go. It has a lot of really great aspects, and a lot of not-so-great aspects. There’s fighting, but not a lot. There’s a love triangle, but it’s easy enough to put up with, especially by the time you get to the final book. And it’s written pretty uniquely, but not that constant weirdness that’s in Illuminae or We Were Liars. It’s sprinkled with your pretty standard style of writing at times. I’d say you’d enjoy this, but it’s definitely not going to be a stand out five star read
I answered mostly c’s: Perfect! GO AND READ IT RIGHT NOW. The romance is swoon-worthy, especially if you like the love triangles. The writing is gorgeous, it’s like peeking right inside Juliette’s brain. The characters are like nothing I’ve read before, especially if you take into account their powers, and the relationship between all the friends. Go forth, my friend, and fall in love with this series!