Thursday, August 23, 2012
Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Thoughts: Juliette has been locked up in an asylum for days and then one day she gets a roommate she never expects, a boy, Adam. She is struck with the faint memory that he reminds her of someone she knew when she was younger but believes that is not possible. She is so withdrawn into her mind that though not insane, she is a bit crazy. Now, she finds herself with the choice to be a lethal weapon for the Reestablishment, who have lied about everything happening in their world or to fight. Either choice requires her to do the one thing she doesn't want to do. Hurt people.
When I began reading this I was put off by the lines drawn through some of the text. I'm not sure what the author is trying to accomplish with this or if she is trying to make Juliette seem insane but it was distracting for me. I am also curious why this character is so fascinated with numbers. Anyhow, Juliette has yet to find her strength; she's too afraid to accept that she has power and is so focused on everything bad that is said about her...that she is a monster, a killer. She could be the difference if war does happen. Her desire not be alone, to be able to have some happiness is heartbreaking and understandable but at some point she has to come to terms with who she is and then she will truly be a force to be reckoned with because in the matters of the heart, we will fight for those we love...at least I hope she does.