Friday, December 9, 2011

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Category:  Paranormal Romance/ Dystopian
Release date: November 15th, 2011
Pages: 338 (Hardcover)
Rating: 5 out of 5
Source: Gifted

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 was a great read.
Shatter Me was incredible.  It completely lived up to expectations.  When I first dove into this book, I had no idea where it was going to go, but I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome.  I even spent more time reading it than I would have with most other books.  I wanted to take my time and completely emerge myself in it, think it over a bit more, and wonder how it must have felt like to be Juliette.

Juliette had no way to control her curse.
Juliette had no way to control her powers.  She thought she was cursed.  Ever since she was a child she was treated as a freak living among normal people.  The poor girl thought she could never be loved because all she did was hurt the people she came in contact with.  This was until the accident, in which she was locked up for.

The reader feels quite a bit of sympathy for Juliette, especially when you think of how long 264 days would be without the company of someone else.  264 days of solitude, with no one to talk to.  Suddenly, in a matter of seconds, her world is turned upside down.  She was given a roommate for unexplained reasons.  This boy's name is Adam.

Adam is different.
As it turns out, Adam is not so different from Juliette as you may think.  And damn, I love the chemistry between them.  All I have to say is keep the romance coming!  Adam just makes me melt.

Do I even have to say it?  Juliette. is. bad. ass.  Seriously, she's so tiny and barely eats anything, but when she gets the random bursts of energy, she can break through concrete walls.  CONCRETE!  When I fall on concrete, I have to go to the hospital.  Oh yes, that just happened to me a month ago.  I envy Juliette, though I am glad that I don't have to worry about the power of her touch.

I completely loved how the book ended and the fact that it didn't leave me wondering what would happen next.  Sometimes we just need those books without cliffhangers!  As long as you love beautiful writing, interesting plots and a kickass heroine, I suggest you read this book as soon as you're able to.  I don't want you to regret leaving this one on your TBR list.


  1. I too loved how badass Juliette was!

    ALSO, I love how you crossed out the lines, just like in the book.

    Great review :-D

  2. Oh.
    Goodness. I freaking LOVED Shatter Me!
    And Adam and Juliette? Oh MY! They're SMOKING! I've never read such a steamy YA. The sexual tension between them almost made me blush!

    The ending came out of nowhere--I so can't wait to see where Mafi takes this. FAB review :D

  3. Argh! I'm DYING to read this. I get insane with jealousy everytime I see it on a blog! It wasn't available in the UK when I had available money but now it is, I'm poor again. Figures!

    Ah well, I'm crossing my fingers for Christmas!

    Glad you enjoyed it.