Release Date: November 15, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: 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.
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.
I’ve been drooling over Shatter Me for months now. Everyone has been raving. It was all true. This is a fantastic debut. Tahereh Mafi is a new talent that everyone is going to be talking about. When I opened the pages my expectations were a little high because of the buzz, but I really didn’t know that much about the story. Everything played out a little differently than I thought, but it was utterly captivating and unputdownable.
My number one favorite thing about Shatter Me was Mafi’s writing. It was extraordinary. Somehow it was raw and dark but beautiful and almost flowery (in a good way) all at the same time. I don’t know how she did it, but I was blown away by it. So many passages were quotable, but this is probably my favorite:
The moon is a loyal companion.
It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.
Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.
Not only is there incredible writing but also very engaging characters. Juliette was so complex and well done. You can’t help but root for her. The situation she is in is impossible to fathom, but it still boils down to feelings that we can all relate to. Being unwanted, scared and hopeless. Then Adam comes along and changes everything. I fell a little bit in love with him. I also have to mention the sexytimes…all I’m going to say is they were amazingly done…sigh.
Overall, Shatter Me was a brilliant read. There were a couple of things that kept me from LOVING it. I wish there would have been more time spent on the world building, but I think that will probably play a much bigger role in book 2. I still really, really enjoyed the book. I think that it is a fabulous start and I am eagerly awaiting the sequel.
Quote taken from ARC copy and may not be final.