Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Publisher: HarperCollins (November 15, 2011)
Hardcover: 342 pages
Source: B&N ARC
Rating: 5 of 5 stars

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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0 Replies to “Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi”

  1. Shatter Me is one of those books that I couldn’t wait to read. Not only has it been incredibly hyped online, but it has an incredibly compelling concept and a great blurb that screams “Read me!” Being touted as the Hunger Games meets X-men, Shatter Me boasted some of the most unique marketing I’ve ever seen for a YA novel, despite its unknown author and not-incredibly-compelling cover. Being the biggest dystopian nerd that I am, I was totally pulled in by the heavy blurb and was beyond exciting for this book.

    Shatter Me was strangely difficult for me to get into. First, Juliette spends much of the first half of the novel being completely obedient to the horrible regime that locked her away and seemed completely resigned to her terrible fate. It also doesn’t help that she spends far too much time feeling sorry for herself, calling herself a “monster” and dripping with angst. There were times I wanted to tell her to just get over it. Thankfully, throughout the novel Juliette’s adventures help to meld her into a stronger, better person who is more confident and empowered.

    I’ve also read some interesting reviews that have discussed how much they loved the writing style in Shatter Me. I’m not sure I like it -in fact, I was torn for much of the book. Most of the writing is done in stream-of-conscious style that really gets into Juliette’s head, but left me out of breath by the end of most sentences. It didn’t seem that polished or crisp to me. Again, this did get better as the book went on, but I wouldn’t rave about the writing style here. However, some sentences here were amazing emotional gems that really were beautiful.

    I wouldn’t call Shatter Me the best dystopian novel I’ve read this year, but it’s still worth reading. It’s certainly something different in the genre with a unique style approach that’s unlike anything else I’ve ever read. Recommended for fans of dystopian romance.

    Have a lovely day,

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