Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi(Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository)
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: November 15th 2011
Series: Shatter Me #1
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
I have a curse
I have a gift
I am a monster
I'm more than human
My touch is lethal
My touch is power
I am their weapon
I will fight back
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.
Wow. This novel was amazing. Now before you get the idea that this review is all about praising how awesome it was and unicorns-rainbows-fairytales let me say I really did not like this at first.
The way it’s written made me so frustrated at first. Like on the cover, the words being crossed out made a frequent appearance and takes some getting used to. I eventually ended up even liking the crossed out words. It showed what the main character, Juliette was really thinking or worried about. Another little writing tactic I know annoyed some readers was the repeated words. For example the word “really” would appear multiple times in one short sentence. I really really really liked this. Not only it is original it makes it more realistic. You get a sense of the urgency Juliette was experiencing. When we think I know I think like, “Wow these cookies are so so so delicious yum yum,” not some long winded figurative prose type sentence. (Not that sentences in this novel are as choppy as my cookie one, just trying to make a point here.) Sure some people want that in a book but I guess I enjoyed this because I could relate to her thoughts and they seemed more real.
The plot itself is also something I have never read before, Juliette not being able to touch anyone? Definitely intriguing and a reason to read all on its own. A little slow at first but the suspense and curiosity at what Juliette’s predicament is and how she got there is enough to keep reading until the action kicks in.
Juliette’s character isn’t frustrating like many modern heroines, but she always stands up for herself and what is right. Even when facing a gun. This is an admirable quality and her strength is refreshing.
The romance was also somewhat a change. Although two men vie for Juliette’s attention, it isn’t a real love triangle, at least in my view. Warner was always a psychopath and finally, finally a character didn’t fall for the whole bad guy thing and wanted to lead him to redemption. The real romance developed at a realistic pace mostly and Adam was a great love interest for Juliette.
Conclusion: Read it. All the negative reviews might have swayed you away but give it an unbiased chance and you may end up liking it.