Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publish Date: November 15, 2011
Rating: 5 Birds
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.My take: Oh my goodness!!! I could NOT put this book down once I picked it up. Now taken that I’m not the fastest reader to begin with, it did take me longer then it would take most…but still I was hooked!
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 asThe 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
Tahereh does a great job in telling a story from the eyes of the young Juliette who has been…hmm the best way to put it, society’s pet…for so long. She has this unharnessed power that she knows about but doesn’t understand, and doesn’t get why she’s in a world so alone with it. Her trust level is down the tubes because of her past, and the more I read of her, the less I blamed her for not trusting anyone or anything!
The dystopian world that Tahereh created is unlike some others that I’ve already come upon over reading time. It’s a destroyed world, but it’s only 2 groups fighting instead of multiple groups and the ages are almost limitless. It’s not just teens fighting, though that’s the most of what we see. There are the hints of the older people being involved.
Juliette’s most trusted companion in the book turns out to be someone she’s known since she was young, and the twist of it all is shocking to not just Juliette, but the reader. The character is full of knowledge and understanding, and has so much to live for himself that he pulls Juliette through with him. It also helps as a reader to know just how Juliette feels about him physically because I have to say, man is he hot! Yes, I just called a fictional character hot, deal with it.
All in all though, I absolutely adored this book. I think the best part is knowing that there’s more – but had I not known that there was to be a sequel, it ended on a high note and could also leave you to your own imagination of what happens next.
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