Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publication: October 2nd 2012, Harpercollins
Genre: Dystopia, Romance
ISBN: 0062085506 / 9780062085504
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.
“I spent my life folded between the pages of books.
In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”
I don’t know whether I should be doing a book review since I felt like I’m the last one to read this, but I might as well share my thoughts about this book.
This book is about Juliette who has a lethal touch that makes her a threat to the world. And because of this, she end up being taken away and locked up. The story started its twist when a guy named Adam was locked up in the same cell as Juliette and apparently, he was full of mysteries and secrets.
“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.”
To be honest, I love this book to bits and it feels so good to read another Dystopian book after being on so many Young Adults and Contemporaries. I like that I can’t predict what’s going to happen next. And what makes me more so into this book are the twists and turns that totally left me “oohing” and “ahhing.” By the way, I like the way this book made my heart skip a little faster because of the anticipation of the next events! I so loved it! 🙂
The writing style is actually another thing that I like most, especially the words/phrases which are
strikethrough. It kind of make me think that there are always two sides of a story, like there are things we really want to say but it was opposed on what we really said. Or like there is a big difference sometimes on what we really meant versus on the words that spilled out of our mouth.
“Girls are always talking about electricity in their romance, but none are too happy to actually be electrocuted, apparently. Bloody confusing, is what it is.”
However, as much as I want to give this book a 5-star rating, I couldn’t. Why? Because some parts are literally exaggerating and it kind of divert my attention. Nevertheless, the book is great! 🙂 And I was even questioning myself why it took me so long to read this series!
“I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”
I am actually excited on reading the next book and I am wondering what lies ahead for Juliette and Adam and to the other characters as well. And yup, I’m now picking up the next book: Unravel Me.
Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the SHATTER ME series. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California, where she drinks too much caffeine and finds the weather to be just a little too perfect for her taste. And by the way, she’s the wife of Ransom Riggs who’s the author of the bestselling series The Peculiar Children. To know more about her and her little secrets, head on to her website.