Thursday, November 1, 2012

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi Book Review


Shatter Me
by Tahereh Mafi
Published November 15, 2011 by Harper Collins
338 pages

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.


Shatter Me is a book about this girl Juliette who can't touch anyone or be touched without causing sincere pain to the point of death. She's always felt so alone and un-loved by those around her. She's a pariah, and is locked up by the Reestablishment. The Reestablishment is slowly killing the society where animals are almost non-existent and food is scarce. People are starting to rebel and there is a war coming -- and now they want to use Juliette as their weapon.

This was an explosively wonderful book. The story line had me hooked from the beginning as well as the vivid images the author used. The way she depicted everything and described everything was beautiful and there were so many lines that were just beautiful. I loved Juliette as a character as well as Adam. Kenji was also another one of my favorites. They were well-developed and so was the world they were living in. I could imagine this dystopian kind of world.

I also could feel Juliette's pain, and I could relate to her very well even if I don't have magical touching powers or locked in crazy jail for a while. I could see into her mind and clearly understand her and why she did the things she did. I wasn't so sure about the writing style at first with all the repeating of the words but I felt it got better towards the middle and the end. And as I said before I really loved the images that were portrayed in this book especially in the beginning. I really can't wait to see what happens next, and for the next book in the what is going to be a trilogy.

Memorable quotes: (There were a lot but I chose this passage as one of my favorites)
"Raindrops are my only reminder that clouds have a heartbeat. That I have one, too. I always wonder about raindrops. I wonder about how they're always falling down, tripping over their own feet, breaking their legs and forgetting their parachutes as they tumble right out of the sky toward an uncertain end. It's like someone is emptying their pockets over the earth and doesn't seem to care where the contents fall, doesn't seem to care that the raindrops burst when they hit the ground, that they shatter when they fall to the floor, that people curse the days the drops dare to tap on their doors. I am a raindrop." 
My rating: 5/5

Buy it:  Barnes & Noble  or  Amazon

Happy Reading!


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