Review * Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

January 30, 2014 Reviews 2 ★★★

Review * Shatter Me by Tahereh MafiShatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #1
Published by HarperTeen on October 2, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 340
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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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.

What I Thought…

  • I had no intention of ever reading Shatter Me. I went to a book signing and met Tahereh Mafi, who was seriously awesome and funny. She made me like her and I totally caved on my “I’m only buying the books I actually want.” promise and bought her book. Which sat on my shelf for almost a year, because I really didn’t think I would like it. I heard it was written weird (anything weird sets me off) and honestly the idea of a girl who can’t touch anyone sounded lame. Fast forward to now and I’m planning on going to another signing that she will be at so I grudgingly pull out the book and… yeah. It’s actually pretty good.
  • The storyline that I thought would be so lame was actually really clever, though I did take issue with a few things like: View Spoiler », but overall I liked the uniqueness of Shatter Me and I can’t wait to see where the series is going and if she explains the things that I took issue with.
  • Out of the three main characters Juliette was my least favorite. I don’t know if it was because she was so whiny all the time or if it’s because she’s a little mentally unstable but she often rubbed me the wrong way. I wanted her to chill out and stop freaking out all the time!
  • Adam is my favorite. It’s slightly creepy that View Spoiler » however he is such a good guy that I can’t help but like him! I love the relationship that he has with his brother and what he is willing to do to protect the ones he cares about (even Kenji).
  • Warner falls in the middle for me. As a character I like him much better than Juliette, however I just don’t see his appeal. At all. I’ve been told that the novella will change my mind, but I don’t know… he’s kind of an ass!
  • The writing was a bit over the top for me. I’m not much for “pretty” writing and Shatter Me is all pretty writing. It got the point where I just started ignoring the metaphors because they are too smart for the likes of me. It’s also written very differently from any other book I’ve read ever. It’s chaotic, if that makes any sense. I am not a Grammar Queen by any means but sometimes I just wanted complete, reasonable sentences! I knew before starting Shatter Me that it was like this so it didn’t bother me enough to stop reading, but I definitely would have if I hadn’t known what to expect.
  • At the signing Mafi said that as the books progress Juliette gets more stable and so does the writing, and I am so glad for that!

Notable Quotes

“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.”


2 Responses to “Review * Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi”

  1. Kate @ Midnight Book Girl

    lol, your spoilers made me laugh- especially the 2nd one. And yes, the one issue you had is clarified in book 2. The writing does get more stable, but Juliette’s still over the top with some of her descriptions, but Mafi’s writing is so lyrical in parts and now that I no longer have the audio narrator’s voice in my head I can enjoy it.
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