Name & Author: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: November 15th 2011
Genres: 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. -Goodreads
Shatter Me is the first installment in the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. The first two books, Shatter Me and Unravel Me, are out. The third book, Ignite Me, will be published on February 4th 2014. There are also two novellas in this series, Destroy Me and Fracture Me. I have only read the first one and I can’t wait to read the rest.
The story revolves around Juliette. In the beginning of the book she is broken. She has been locked away for some time without any human contact. That has made her just a shell of her former self.
One day a boy, Adam, is locked away with her. Gradually she starts to speak and opens up little by little. Later she finds out that she can touch him without killing him.
In the beginning Juliette views herself as a monster. She won’t look in a mirror and finds it hard to believe it when she is called pretty or beautiful. During all the things that happen in the book she learns slowly to love herself.
Through out the book Juliette grows. She goes from the empty girl to a strong woman. A big part of this development is Adam, who has been in love with her for many years. They went to school together and watched each other from afar.
The romance is well written and it isn’t instant love. Their feelings have been building up for years.
There were some parts of the book that seemed unlikely to me. I find it hard to believe that it took only three years for the Reestablishment to take over and rule everything. I also find Warner (the villain) too young to rule everything. He is 19 years old. If he had only been few years older he would have seemed more likely to be in the situation that he is in.
Shatter Me is a fast paced book full of action. Tahereh Mafi brings a new writing style into the YA world. There are lot of crossed out words and repeated words in the text. They are all part of Juliette’s thought process. On the book cover it is:
My Touch is Lethal. My Touch is Power.
I read this book as an ebook and at first I thought my copy was damaged, words were repeated and crossed out. In my opinion this is a good change from other books but it is too much used. And it seems weird when you don’t know that it is supposed to be that way. Other than that Shatter Me is a great book. If you haven’t checked it out you should.