Shatter Me #1
author : tahereh mafi
pages [hardcover] : 352
memorable quote : All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.
favorite characters : juliette & adam
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.
I loved this book. Serious, on the edge of my seat, couldn’t breath, wanted to know what was going to happen next love. The characters were wonderful, the writing spectacular, the plot both intriguing and interesting enough to keep me hooked. I read this book in a day; that’s how completely enamored I was with the wonderful (if completely decimated) world Tahereh Mafi constructed in Shatter Me.
The writing was purely beautiful. It was filled with imagery and imaginative comparisons and beautiful descriptions, all without being over the top. The way it was narrated let me know exactly what Juliette was thinking, how she was feeling, and more. I truly felt that I could understand everything about her. Her insecurities, her aversion to touching other people, her doubts that anyone could ever like her. Yet she’s still a strong, courageous woman who knows what she believes in and will fight for what is right. Even if those people have slighted her before. That’s how you can tell when someone is a truly good person.
The love interest in the story was similarly amazing! Though we don’t get to hear all of his thoughts, obviously, the narration provides enough information about him through his actions and dialogue to make him completely, irrevocably, loveable. Okay, he’s just plain awesome.
The ending! The ending! Oh, I need the sequel now! This might be my favorite book of the year so far. That’s how much I loved every twist and turn, every breathtaking sentence and heart-pounding action scene. I loved the suspense, romance, betrayal, heartbreak . . This is one I’ll be raving about for a really, really long time. As in forever. So, I’m going to have to recommend this to everyone. Go get it! Now!
5/5 stars (and beyond!)