Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Discussion Post #2 - Shatter Me

Hello lovely bookworms! If you're keeping up with the reading schedule, you've probably hit a pretty evil cliffhanger at this point. (*cackles madly*) I'd love to say that was an accident, but it wasn't. I love keeping you on your toes!

Let's talk Shatter Me!


Discussion Questions:

* Now that you've witnessed what Juliette can actually do, what are your thoughts on her character?

* There's a discussion of Juliette's past life in these chapters. Specifically of the crime she committed to end up incarcerated. How do you feel that this experience has shaped her?

* In these chapters we get to learn much more about Warner. His personality is starting to come through. What do you think of his character? Do you believe he is at all redeemable?

* Adam and Juliette interact more in these chapters. Their relationship is starting to shift. Where do you feel like it will go?


My Thoughts:

So Juliette's big secrets finally come out in these chapters! I remember, during the first read through, that I was stunned. Sure, it's alluded to that Juliette can't touch other human beings. The measure of what she can do though, is so much larger than that. I was both amazed and appalled at her powers. Poor girl, there's so much for her to deal with. I feel like it puts her current personality well into perspective. She must be reserved because otherwise she puts others at risk.

Finding out what happened to Juliette as a younger girl also puts her personality into perspective. I remember tearing up at the mention of her mistake. It just shows how kind a person she is, and yet how much her curse hampers her. It's heartbreaking. Still, I feel like there's this iron strength inside her now that is just waiting to break out. Juliette may look like a shrinking violet, but she's definitely not.

Which brings me to Warner, because with him I truly believe that what you see is what you get. There's not heart in that chest. Warner may have once been a kinder person, but situations have turned him to ice. The cold, calculating way that he assesses people. The way that he figures out the optimum way to cause them pain. It's brutal. His fascination with Juliette might have made him human to me, if it wasn't for the fact that he wants to use her for his own devices.

Then there's Adam. Sweet, sad, lost Adam. I kind of love the fact that he's in the background during this part of the book. Juliette and her struggle take center stage, but at least we found out that he's not all bad. I have a feeling he'll be extremely important later on. For now, we'll leave him to watch over her while she sleeps. Read on, my friends. Read on!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Discussion Post #1 - Shatter Me

I have finally sat down at a computer, and so I can make this post pretty! I have to say, posting from my phone isn't as bad as I thought it would be. If you see an oddly edited post, it probably came from my phone.

Let's talk Shatter Me.


Discussion Questions:

*Juliette's isolation creates a very interesting narration style. What do you think of the writing so far?

*How do you feel about Juliette as a character?

* She alludes to a past life full of pain and loss. What do you believe Juliette's dark secret is?

*Adam has just made his appearance and we already know he lied. Where do you think his character is going?


My Thoughts:

Okay, so I know that many of you have already finished this book. I don't blame you. It's pretty amazing. Still, do your best to stick to the discussion questions, okay? :) Thanks in advance.

It's been about two years since I last read this book, and the narration style still jarred me at the very beginning. Being in Juliette's head is really odd. Her strikethroughs, as she changes her mind constantly, the way that she talks to herself and then to us as readers, it's kind of confusing at first. The more I read though, the more I felt like it was a perfect way for her to communicate. Her mind is jumbled, and it shows.

I love Juliette as a character. She's withdrawn right now, of course. Lack of human contact has made her the type of character who can be a little prickly. Still, I see this light inside her. I see this person who, because of what she has inside of her, has been made out to be evil. Juliette isn't evil though. I just know it. And it makes me want to follow her until I find out for sure. Which, as the next question asks, brings me to her dark secret. I've read this before so I know what it is, but I love that it isn't mentioned outright.

Oh, Adam. My darling Adam. This guy took Juliette's heart, gave it some hope, and then dashed it straight into pieces. Part of me believes that he's not actually bad. That he's actually hiding something important. Still, at this point in the book I can't help but have some malice towards him. Poor Juliette.