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.
In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.
This is a fabulous debut by Tahereh Mafi. The writing is superb. There’s a beauty to be found in her words and descriptions that just drew me in. Despite being a dystopian, I found myself captivated. The world Mafi brings to life starts small but expands as she allows us to see slowly more of what’s happened.
As I read on the pace of the story picked up. No longer was it just about the pretty words and breathtaking descriptions, there is something happening to the girl, Juliette. The story just flies by, and you have to hang on and let Mafi take you where she wants. But that’s okay, because she makes it okay.
Juliette is a bit of a mystery. She seems so frail and delicate at first. But then you start noticing her inner strength, and her ability to still possess such kindness and goodness despite what the world has done to her.
Warner was an antagonist I enjoyed. A little crazy and definitely obsessed with Juliette, Warner is such a contradiction at times that I can’t help but be intrigued. He’s a character I’m hoping will be explored further in the future.
The relationship between Adam and Juliette takes precedence in this story for me. While what is happening to the world and around Juliette is important, it felt more pressing to her happiness with Adam. Everything else was secondary for me.
I recommend this to anyone looking for a YA dystopian with paranormal aspects and doesn’t mind a lot of romance. This is definitely one of my top reads for 2011, and I believe anyone who gave it a chance would enjoy it.
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