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.
Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Number of Pages: 338
Publishing Date: Oct. 2nd, 2012
I’ve never been the biggest fan of really intense dystopians or fantasies. To be honest, the thought of diving into an entirely different world seemed intimidating to me. Because of this, I would always avoid dystopians. Although, I kind of contradict myself in that statement because I have a bookshelf dedicated to books like The Hunger Games and Divergent. I guess I’ve only been brave enough to read a few extremely popular dystopians. A few weeks ago, I realized something; I always love every dystopian I read, so why not give other YA dystopian books a shot, right? So, I decided to make a 2016 new year resolution to read more books outside of my normal contemporary-book-comfort-zone.
I decided that the first book I would read would be Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi because I’ve heard tons of amazing things about this book. And after reading this 338 page book in a matter of hours, I totally understand why I’ve read so many good reviews of this book! If you haven’t read this book yet, go read it.
The rest of this review contains spoilers!
I freaking loved Juliette. She was such a badass character, but she was also immensely caring and kind. To be really honest, I totally expected her to become a villain and I probably wouldn’t have judged her for it at all. She was treated so badly for something she couldn’t even control, and all she ever wanted was to be nice to others and to not hurt anybody. After being treated so badly and coldly, she remained so caring and kind. Juliette reminds me of a mixture of Katniss and Tris, but she isn’t just another typical dystopian protagonist. She has her own unique character traits, and her overall personality is extremely strong and engaging.
“I am nothing but novocaine. I am numb, a world of nothing, all feeling and emotion gone forever.
I am a whisper that never was.”
Adam is basically everything you could ever want in a perfect love interest. He’s strong, but he’s also sensible. He’s extremely caring, but he can also kick ass when he needs to. The love he has for Juliette and his brother, James, was so true and real and beautiful. The romance between Juliette and Adam gave me SO MANY FANGIRL FEELS. Yet, while Adam was so loving and caring, I also found him just a tiny tad bit annoying. I KNOW, I KNOW, like WHAT, how can you find such a perfect love interest annoying? But, that’s exactly why. He was almost too perfect of a love interest. I like love interests that have a bit of a dark side, and for some reason Adam just kept getting on my nerves sometimes. So, as of now, I really like Adam and I like him and Juliette together, but my feelings are still kind of mixed.
“Why are you touching me?”
“Because I can.”
Oh, Warner. I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS ABOUT HIM. He annoys me because he-was-so-evil-yet-I-somehow-want-more-of-him. I’m betting that at one time Warner was a fairly nice person, but he has turned into a power-consumed-Juliette-obsessed-extremely-good-looking-maniac. And for some strange reason… I liked that…? He was presented as such an evil character, but I found myself loving his wittiness and his comebacks and his overall character was strangely attractive. I’m hoping he has some kind of turn-around in the next two books. WHO KNOWS, perhaps Juliette will start falling for him. (Is that a potential love triangle I sense in the near future? *cue suspenseful music*)
“You’ve suppressed all your rage and resentment because you wanted to be loved,” he says, no longer smiling. “Maybe I understand you, Juliette. Maybe you should trust me. Maybe you should accept the fact that you’ve tried to be someone you’re not for so long and that no matter what you did, those bastards were never happy. They were never satisfied. They never gave a damn, did they?”
I really loved Kenji’s character. He’s the typical goofy sidekick/friend that everybody likes (he reminded me a bit of Stiles from Teen Wolf). James was adorable! I’m still not completely trusting of Castle or this “safe haven” that Juliette, Adam, and James have found. I MUST READ THE NEXT BOOK ASAP.
I absolutely love Tahereh’s style of writing. The metaphors that she used were so beautifully written, I found myself having to re-read certain metaphors because they were so intensely engaging and enthralling. I loved how the sentences were written so… un-mechanically, if that’s the right word to use. Some of the sentences weren’t grammatically correct and they were written in more of a thought-process-y way. In other words, it truly felt as if I was reading somebody’s thoughts. There were strikethroughs through certain thoughts that Juliette would have, which was so unique and I absolutely loved that aspect of the writing. When the main character, Juliette, was getting scared or anxious or any kind of extreme emotion, the sentences would have lots of words and no commas and it was just so riveting.
Overall, I absolutely adored this book and I’m extremely pleased that this was my first 2016 book read. Tahereh Mafi’s writing style is gorgeous and the dystopian world that she has created is so unique and different. I’m definitely looking forward to reading the next two books in this series!
“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.”
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