Author: Tahereh Mafi
Reading Level: Young Adult
ARC, 342 pages
Date Published: November 15, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
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 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.
He becomes her cellmate, her unwanted, but irresistible counterpart. They grew up together, but were never really close. Now he’s her savior and the only person who has ever been immune to her touch. Their relationship is deliciously tangible and heated. Tahereh Mafi amps up the tension again and again, until the reader is sitting along with Juliette, desperate for Adam’s touch. Their chemistry explodes off the page in the best way possible. There’s this shower scene that is the definition of sexy. And trust me, sexytimes are very sexy.
The society that Mafi has created lends to Juliette’s character, along with the plot. There is never a dull moment, thanks to the pulse-pounding action and Mafi’s short, clipped sentences. Her writing style makes every single occurrence, every single emotion, all that more urgent. Discovering what happened to the world, how the Reestablishment fits in, and Warner’s plans for Juliette will leave the reader on the edge of their seat. The addition of Kenji, Adam’s fellow soldier, brings color and humor into an otherwise drab landscape. His innuendos and sly remarks add to the overall impact of Juliette’s disparate world.
Juliette on her own –as she is so used to being – is strong, despite her past. Despite the hatred that has latched itself onto her being, despite being spit on, hit, destroyed time and again, she clings to her passion for life. For humanity. She could easily give in, give up. She could just as easily retaliate, what with powers that continue to elude her, but all she does is care. She’s strong, badass, but never cruel. The complete opposite can be said about Warner, the antagonist. Except I could never hate him. Hell, I even felt for him. Several times. While Juliette still views the world with hope and positivity, Warner’s vision is skewed to only see the negative, and thus, do whatever he needs to in order to survive. No, in order to thrive. He’s a villain all right, but one damn sexy villain. And just so everyone knows, I'm claiming him now. HE'S MINE!
The story is riveting and brilliantly written with an impressive cast of three-dimensional characters and an original storyline that plays out so completely. I’m eager for the next installment, but 100% content with the no cliffhanger ending. Trust me when I say that you’ll be hearing plenty about this book in the coming months. Mafi’s writing is exquisite, dropping the reader into Juliette’s mind and taking us along on her journey. Juliette’s only just begun to discover the person she’s going to be and I long for the opportunity to see her grow.
Shatter Me is a pound down the doors, scream at the top of your lungs, give me more, give me more kind of good. If you don’t read it, you’re out of your mind. When you do read it, you’ll go out of your mind. But you’ll be better off with the latter option because you’ll have experienced something so awe-inspiring with its beauty that you’ll be drooling for more. Tahereh Mafi is a masterful wielder of words, entrancing the reader in Juliette’s story from page one and then never letting go.
Opening line: I’ve been locked up for 264 days. ~ pg. 1
Favorite lines/passages (pretty much every single word in the book):
The world is flat.
I know because I was tossed right off the edge and I’ve been trying to hold on for seventeen years. I’ve been trying to climb back up for seventeen years but it’s nearly impossible to beat gravity when no one is willing to give you a hand. ~ pgs. 25-26
And this one:My life is four walls of missed opportunities poured in concrete molds. ~ pg. 29
And this one is my absolute favorite:In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction. ~ pg. 71
*This is an ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.
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