Thursday, August 23, 2012

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Author: Tahereh Mafi
Title: Shatter Me
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication: November 15,2011
Audience: 14 and up
Genre: Paranormal 
Source: Borrowed
Rating:3 out 5
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.

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 She is so withdrawn into her mind that though not insane, she is a bit crazy.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 least I hope she does. 


  1. I loved the author's writing style and cannot wait for book two, so glad you enjoyed it.

  2. I started reading this but had to stop because it was due back at the library. The crossed out lines put me off at first too but then I realized that people are trying to be unique. It seems like a lot of people love it so I'm excited to read it soon! Thanks for the review and I'm glad to hear you liked it!

  3. Aww, what a sad story. I saw the covers for the other books, and will wait for you to review them before I start reading them. Thanks for the review.

  4. I loved Shatter Me. Can't wait for Destroy Me and Unravel Me.
    Thanks for the review.

  5. I liked this book a lot, I can't wait to pick up the story again in book two :)

  6. I love the story idea of this book! The crossed out lines sound a little strange but I loved reading your comments and can't wait to read this book!

  7. Thanks for this review- I've been meaning to reading this book since the sequel is now coming out!

  8. This book sounds interesting but I am not sure if the crossed out lines will bother me or not. I think I will give it a chance. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. God I loved this book so much... It's my favourite ever! *__*


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