November 15th 2011, Harper/HarperCollins
338 pages, Hardcover
First in Shatter Me series
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 as The 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.
Opinion:Ahhh! Excuse my fan-girl scream. Shatter Me is simply beautiful. Just like the cover! This breathtaking debut is stunning. When I finished it, I was like “Oh, dang. How can I write a review about my love for this collection of awesomeness?”
Shatter Me is set in a dystopia where the Reestablishment are in control. They’re the reason Juliette is locked in the asylum. They’re the reason one boy joins her in her cell. This boy, who is more familiar than Juliette will admit, is much more than she thinks. Juliette can’t touch anyone without eventually killing them. And when the bad guy forces her to join his team to use her power for the own good of the Reestablishment, this boy is the only one she’ll be able to trust.
Juliette is so strong! Even after being shunned by her parents, isolated, and left alone to rot for years. She’s human and good that the Reestablishment and Warner (the bad guy) can’t realize. Underneath the confused girl with extraordinary powers is someone who wants to help and love. She wants to change. And she strengthens that need with the help of Adam. This boy is amazing. He’s sweet and protective. He’s the comfort she’s always dreamed of wrapped up in a very hot body. Together, they can finally hope for freedom. On another note, Warner is by far one of the best villains I’ve ever read. He’s so mysterious. I’m agreeing with him one moment on Juliette’s potential and wanting to kill him the next.
Shatter Me is genius! Scattered throughout the book are strikethroughs of Juliette’s revised thoughts. I can’t help loving the creative way to show her inner emotions. The novel is so well written I found myself marking certain phrases and later found out I highlighted the entire passage. The prose so well worded and wonderfully used to craft a fast-paced and addicting book I actually experienced.
Tahereh Mafi managed to blow me away in her debut. There’s a logical reason for this hype after all. I can’t recommend this enough to any dystopian-lovers or any YA-fan wanting an original read. It’s killing me having to wait for the next in the series to be released!
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