REVIEW - Shatter Me - Tahereh Mafi

Hardcover, 342 pages

Expected publication: November 15th 2011 by Harper/HarperCollins

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.

5/5 Stars!

I know, I know. Did you expect anything less?

There’s been a huge amount of buzz over Shatter Me. The premise. The cover. The fact that the author is probably one of the most charming people alive…in summary, EVERYONE wants this book. So, of course, I had to approach it with a little trepidation. Because I’m always wary of everyone liking a book.

Because then I feel all left out when I read it and I don’t like it.

But luckily (and happily!) this was not the case this time.

First thing you have to know about this book, is that it’s told in a rather strange manner. Never before have I seen so many strikethroughs in a novel. And when I was just flipping through the pages before I actually started reading, I must admit, I was a little put off by them. But in the context of the novel they just make sense. Juliette hasn’t spoken to anyone in 264 days, and her only real outlet is the journal she managed to sneak into her prison. So her state of mind is a little…fragile. This really comes through in the author’s writing, especially at the beginning of the book. Juliette is a little off her rocker at the beginning, and, strangely, it takes her life being thrown into turmoil for her mind to sort of snap back to reality.

It starts with Juliette getting a roommate in her prison cell.

But there’s just one problem.

Juliette’s touch kills.

And now, instead of keeping her locked up, someone wants her to use her power.

I loved the writing, the view into Juliette’s broken mind as it began to heal, but more than anything else, I just loved the characters. Juliette was brilliant. Strong while at the same time being broken and unsure.

And Adam…oh, Adam. So rarely do I actually find the perfect guy in YA fiction. But Adam I would keep forever. And EVER.

This story is a beautiful mash-up of a dystopian, a love story, and a comic book. I didn’t know what to do with myself, I loved it so much.

I need more of this RIGHT NOW!



  1. Wonderful review! I loved Shatter Me and I'm so glad to see that you did too!

  2. Ah, YAY, I'm so glad that Shatter Me seems to be living up to the hype for EVERYONE! Not that people should feel left out if it didn't :) Great review, I can't wait for book two!

    Tara @ Hobbitsies

  3. No, I didn't expect anything else! It seems to be just as awesome as it sounds, cause I don't recall ever seeing a bad review for it. Aah, I hope my copy for it arrives this week. I need it! *fingers crossed* Great review!

    Rebecca @ Kindle Fever

  4. Ahh! I love your review I want this book so bad


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