Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #1
Published by HarperCollins on November 15th 2011
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.
As a dystopian junkie, I am always on the lookout for the next IT book. With all the hype surrounding Shatter Me, I was really hoping it would be the IT book I was looking for.
Shatter Me is like no other book that I have read before. While for some books, this may be a marvelous thing. For others, not so much. After much contemplation, Shatter Me fits into almost an in between of the two. Not horrible. But not completely epic.
Juliette, our MC, is like a bird in a cage. She has not touched any one for 264 days. Has barely even had human contact. Her only companion? A notebook that has seen much better days. All this changes when suddenly, Juliette discovers that she has a new roommate… a guy no less. One that intrigues her. Challenges her. One who does not perish at her touch. Questions that never before seemed to need answers… come to the surface. And a girl who has lost her voice finds that maybe all hope is not lost after all.
Shatter Me, while not exactly divided into parts, feels very divided. The beginning of the novel is something else. The writing is beautifully written in a way that, honestly, made even me question my sanity. Every other sentence is censored by Juliette. Conflict is everywhere. Making the reader question: Is Juliette crazy? or Has the situation made her into this person who seems to have almost nothing to live for? It just startling how halting the beginning is. It is a beautiful chaos.
The second half of the novel, however, is where things went downhill for me. All the pieces begin to fit a little too together. We discover some back stories, but it never seemed enough. Why does she have these powers? Why does Adam and the others? The world that Mafi creates felt lacking. Like there should have been more of certain explanations and less of others.
While not my favorite dystopain, Shatter Me adds plenty of spice to an ever expanding group. Just wish the magic that the novel had begun with would have carried through out the entire book. And the ending… I am not even going there. Will I continue with the next segment? Right now, it is a probably not. But with the summary not yet released, I have plenty of time to change my mind.
Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. I am a twenty-something year old who is passionate about reading. I currently hold a B.A. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. We have two (cat) children, Gracie and Kit, who are total divas. I have an insane and possibly unhealthy passion for reading. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book.
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