Shatter Me

Shatter me new eye co#1A459Shatter Me. Tahereh Mafi. Young Adult/Dystopian. 2011. 338 pages. 4 stars. [Source: Bought]

“You can’t touch me,” I whisper. I’m lying, is what I don’t tell him. He can touch me, is what I’ll never tell him. Please touch me, is what I want to tell him.”

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

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 read this book last year and recently reread it in hopes of curing my horrible book hangover and impending book slump. Luckily, this book succeeded! I did forget majority of the plot of the entire series so I’m writing this based on the thoughts I had relating only to this book. 

I personally love this book for the way it was written. Tahereh did a wonderful job portraying a poetic feel to the book that made the characters all the more relatable since deep down, I think everyone wants their own thoughts to be as poetic as the way Juliette’s thoughts were written. 

Honestly, I am more interested in the characters than I am with the plot itself. 

Juliette; She’s obviously afraid of herself. Has a lot of potential to grow in the upcoming books. I would love to see her outgrow her timid shell and use her abilities for the greater good. 

Adam; An interesting character as it seems that he’s the one that Juliette seems to trust. Although, I do find him… What’s the word for it… Dull as a person? I don’t know. He seems like a side character to Juliette (read as: Juliette is just having a phase with him, I dunno man). I feel like he’s only important to the plot as a whole as Juliette’s mannequin in the love aspect; however, his immunity to Juliette does make him a teeny weensy bit more significant. I’d love to read more of Adam’s back story to give him more depth as a person rather than just recalling his memories of Juliette.  

Warner; He is obsessed with Juliette. Obsessed might even be putting it lightly. I do think he has major parent issues due to his power cravings not only for himself but for Juliette as well. He seems to be a force to be reckoned with as the antagonist but I can’t help but feel that there’s more to him than meets the eye. I hope I get to see more of him and his past to understand why he’s the way he is. 

Kenji; He definitely redeemed himself. The first interaction he had in this book didn’t give him the best first impression but as the book progressed, the humor he provided really made Shatter Me a funner read than I had anticipated. If I could pick a favorite character in this book, Kenji would be taking that title by a long shot. 

Overall, I’m excited to get to know more about these characters (again) as the story progresses. I’ll be rereading the next books as well as the novellas so you can expect a detailed review on them real soon. 

The Shatter Me series is featured in our Recommendations Page and my 10/10 book list.

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10 Replies to “Shatter Me”

    1. I haven’t heard much about The Girl with All the Gifts. All I know that is that it’s really good! I might have to look into that. And I’m so glad that you added Shatter Me to your TBR! 🙂

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      1. Haha, I’ll be posting my review to it tomorrow (God be willing). I don’t think I liked it quite so much as everyone else, though.

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