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

December 3, 2012 Review 4 ★★★★

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me #1)Release Date: November 11, 2011
Title: Shatter Me
Series: Shatter Me #1
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Pages: 340
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Owned
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: 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.
4 Stars

I can’t believe it took me a year to read this.

Dystopian. Paranormal. Romance. These are a few of my favorite things! How did I not realize that all of these things were in this wonderful book? I don’t, however, believe this book lives up to all of the hype that surrounds it. Notice I didn’t give it 5 stars.

This book opens with Juliette locked in an asylum of some sort. She hasn’t spoken a single word to anyone in nearly a year. Suddenly, she gets a roommate and is certain the officials mean to kill her. Because Juliette’s touch can kill you. And she once accidentally killed a toddler while trying to help him. I can’t tell you much more than this without giving anything away that you should discover by reading the book yourself – but trust me when I say that you should most definitely read this one.

I have grave concerns about the resistance that has been introduced. Is this organization any better than the Reestablishment? Can they protect Juliette from Warner? Do they simply want to use her for their own gain the way he did?

I hope not.

But I have learned that things are rarely as good as they seem. And if something seems too good to be true? It probably is.

Reading YA fiction has taught me that.

But Adam. I believe in Adam. What can I say? I’m a hopeless romantic underneath it all.

Some things never change.

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4 Responses to “Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me #1)”

  1. Alexa Y.

    I absolutely ADORED this book, way more than I thought I would. I like the fact that the writing style is really unique! And I’m Team Adam too, as of the moment…

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