Thursday, February 23, 2012

Review : Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

Author : Tahereh Mafi
Category : Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Format : Hardback (338 pages)
Publisher : Harper/HarperCollins (1 November 2011 )
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 0062085484
ISBN-13 : 978- 0062085481

Goodreads description :

Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days. 

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color. 

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war-- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now. 

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior. 

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting asThe Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel. 

My Thought : 
Juliet has an ability to kill someone with her touch. Everyone think she is a monster and she has been locked away for 264 days. During that time, she never touch anyone, until she met Adam, someone from her past who is sent by Warner. Warner is interested in Juliet's power. He want to use her power to torture his enemy. She is held captive by Warner. As time goes by, Juliet and Adam become closer they want to escape from Warner. Can they escape from Warner ? And what if Adam is not the only one who immune to her power ?

Shatter Me is an intriguing book. I like the author's writing style, it's so beautiful. And the strikethrough print make the book more interesting. The book has some great characters. Juliet is just a broken girl who want to better. When we read the book, we can she the war inside her mind. Adam is a right match for Juliet. He is such a lovable character. I like how their relationship develop and how Adam try to to gain Juliet's trust. And there's Warner, the evil guy who is obsessed with her power. He grows up in loveless family. Actually, I feel sympathy for him. The ending of the book remind me of X-Men, because they're very similar. Overall, I enjoy the book and can't wait for the next book. I highly recommend to book to everyone.

I give Shatter Me 4 out of 5 stars.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Review : Wither (The Chemical Garden #1) by Lauren DeStefano

Author : Lauren DeStefano
Category : Dystopian, Sci-Fi

Reading Level : Young Adult
Format : Paperback (400 pages)
Publisher : Kantera (30 May 2011)
Language : Indonesian
ISBN-13 : 978-6029837735

Goodreads description :
Inilah cara dunia berakhir. Bukan dengan ledakan, tetapi rintihan. 

Dunia telah berubah. Semua negara telah musnah, kecuali Amerika Utara. Kemajuan ilmu pengetahuan telah menciptakan generasi tua yang tangguh, nyaris abadi, tetapi menghasilkan generasi berikutnya yang sangat lemah dan berusia sangat pendek. 

Dalam situasi ini, dunia menjadi berbahaya bagi para gadis. Gadis-gadis muda diculik dan dijadikan pengantin bagi para pemuda yang mampu membeli mereka dari para Pengumpul. 

Seperti inilah yang dialami oleh Rhine. Dia terpisah dari saudara kembarnya dan dijadikan pendamping seorang Tuan Rumah kaya bernama Linden, terkurung di dalam sangkar emas, dunia penuh ilusi. 

Namun, hanya satu yang dia dambakan: kebebasan. Dan apa pun yang terjadi, dia akan berusaha sekuat tenaga untuk mendapatkan kebebasan itu .... 

My Thought :
Rhine lives in the world where people die at young age, girls die at age 20 and the boys at age 25. At that time, many young girls are kidnapped and sold into marriage. Rhine is stolen away from her twin brother. with 2 other girls, she is sold to Linden and has to marry him. And her journey has begun. Together with Gabriel, a servant in Linden's mansion, she tries to escape and get back to her brother.

The book has great plot and characters. But I don't really like how the book ends, it felt alittle rush. Honestly, I can't imagine to live a life like Rhine's. It's so dark dan frustating. I feel sorry for Linden. He's not a bad person, but sometimes he's such a coward and very clueless about what his evil father did. I also like the relationship between Rhine and her sister-wives.

The cover of Wither is very intriguing, it was the first thing to catch my interest. So I feel a little disappointed when I see Indonesian cover of the book. But in the end it's worth every penny, because I really enjoy the book. I can't wait to read the next installment. I highly recommend the book.

I give Wither 4 out of 5 stars.

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