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’m sure a lot of you have heard about this book if you haven’t already read it. I’m sure you’ve heard good things. I honestly cannot imagine any bad things being said about this book, but I’m sure there are people out there who didn’t like it (*shakes head in utter confusion*). C’est la vie.
Tahereh Mafi broke so many rules writing this book it isn’t even funny… And the crazy thing is, it works! There are very few people out there who can get away with breaking the rules. Look at Cormac McCarthy! In his Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Road, he doesn’t use quotes. All of his dialogue is in line with his paragraphs. It worked for him (as if the Pulitzer didn’t make it obvious). It works for Shatter Me and it works beautifully.
The prose is poetic, the descriptions are vivid, and the main character, Juliette, is remarkable. Bring in the other characters and you’ve got a steaming pile of “MORE PLEASE!!” Warner is chilling, Adam is delectable, and the world is cold.
Most writers understand the world building is important, especially in fantasy and scifi. But very few writers give the worlds they create such life as Tahereh Mafi did in Shatter Me. She made the world Juliette, Adam, and Warner live in breathe with them. Not just the weather and the earth, but the people who live in it outside of the story. The passersby were there and noticeable without detracting from Juliette’s story. They were just as important as the main characters.
I was able to see where some of the story was going, but that didn’t take away from the gasps that happened when I reached those points. Everything I expected was still fresh and exciting and I cannot wait to find out what happens next in Juliette’s life.
I’m glad THIS book is my first 5 star review!
The Greatest Awesomesause Ever!