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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Pages: 342
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: YA Dystopian

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.
After I turned the last page of Shatter Me, I set the book down. And then picked it back up, flipped through the pages, and reread several scenes. Then put it down again. Then picked up up again, and the process repeated for quite some time.

This book blew my mind.

There is a lot of hype around Shatter Me, and I can honestly say that it will not let you down one bit. One of the things that most of the reviews talk about it Tahereh's writing style, which was so absolutely gorgeous. So lyrical, poetic, rich and vivid. The story is told form Juliette's perspective, and she isn't exactly in her right mind after being locked up for so long. Just as the title suggests, she's shattered and trying to hold all the little pieces together. Tahereh's writing style was the perfect medium for conveying Juliette's brokenness. Tahereh didn't need to tell us, we just know by the way Juliette's sees the world.

And the characters! They honestly had to be some of the most dynamic and complex characters I've ever read about. Every single one of them had layers of layers of personality and hidden emotion that just when I would start to form an opinion on one of them, they would do something to completely change my mindset. Even Warner, who is the novel's antagonist--and who I personally believe is certifiably insane--had such a depth to him that I had to wonder if he was really as bad as he seemed. Even when I knew I should have hated him, I just couldn't! I sympathized with him, and even loved him in a strange way.

But, the true love of the story is of course, Adam. He's sweet and protective and SO SEXY. Every single moment that he and Juliette were together was so charged with the chemistry between them that I have to admit a few times I was more than a bit breathless just reading it. Anyone who wants some steamy, so-good-you'll-curl-your-toes kissing scenes, Shatter Me is most definitely your book.

The world it's set in doesn't seem to be too far off from our own. It seems to be a dying and decaying version of ours, and Tahereh described it in such clarity that I was right there the whole time I was reading. I can't say enough just how amazing Shatter Me was, and I recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone and everyone.

I give Shatter Me a solid 5 stars.


  1. I'm looking forward to this book. Should be getting it very, very soon. And thanks to your great review, I'm anxious to meet this Adam. :)

  2. God, I've been dying (Yes. DYING!)to read this book. I wanted an ARC so bad, but I wasn't able to grab one. My library is going to take FOREVER to get this in. It's not even on order yet, or anything. *le sigh*

    Great review. I'm so glad you loved it. Your review makes me that much for anxious for this book. And it's such a tease! lol I've been entering giveaway upon giveaway!

  3. This sounds sooo great. :) I really, really am excited to read this book. Thanks for the great review! I'm glad to hear that it lives up to the hype.


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