Book Review → Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Monday, March 31, 2014

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Book 1 in the Shatter Me trilogy

Young Adult Fiction // Genres: Science Fiction > Dystopia, Romance
Release Date: November 15, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Paperback // 338 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

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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.
Shatter Me was a beautifully written book. Right off the bat, you can tell that this book is written a little differently—there are words crossed out, on-going sentences, and even bits of poetry here and there. I can see why this might be annoying to some people, but I enjoyed it and thought it added a sense of "realness" to the story. We can see what Juliette is really thinking vs. what she should be thinking, and the metaphors that Tahereh Mafi used embodies Juliette very well.

I didn't want to put this book down—the pacing was perfect, the storyline was believable (for the most part) and every character played an integral part to the storyline. There was a good amount of action, especially in the last half, and the ending was awesome. I still have a lot of unanswered questions, so I will be picking up the sequel ASAP!

The only reason I didn't give this book a full five stars was due to the romantic parts. It wasn't exactly "insta-love," but it wasn't a relationship I could follow along with and see grow. It just happened, while an explanation came later. I don't want to give too much away, so I'll leave it at that. It was just too intense for me!

If you read Shatter Me, what did you think of it?
If not, will you be adding it to your TBR?

1 comment

  1. I seriously love Shatter Me, despite any problems I have with it. I actually feel that way about the whole series. I know a lot of people don't like the writing style, but I agree that it's real and it stands out a lot. :) Great review!

    Rachel @ Paper Cuts