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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)
Title: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Publisher: HarperCollins

Release Date: 11/15/11

Pages: 338

Reviewed by Sabrina

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.

My Thoughts

The romance of Shatter Me is the greatest theme that urges the reader on, so for those of you who love romance and the supernatural, I suggest you read it. If you're a dystopian fan, not so much. 

The haunting descriptions and thoughts of Juliette were beautiful and unique, but I got really tired of them after a couple of chapters and despite her amazing descriptions, she gives a vague picture of the post-apocalyptic world. Despite this, the book was fairly interesting and in some ways, surprising. There were a lot of run-on sentences and crossed out words in the story that, instead of turning into a huge annoyance, made Juliette a more realistic character in her situation (It's still an annoyance though). She believes more in herself throughout the pages. She loses whatever insanity and sadness she has within her. But she is really irritating at times. 

Adam is Juliette's familiar/mysterious good guy love interest, who always puts Juliette first and foremost.  The only things I don't like about him is that scenes with Adam become are way too steamy (I wondered if I was really reading a YA book) and, as much as I like Adam and all, my interest in him sort faded away (Sorry!). 

The insane, cold Warner is your ruthless antagonist, who happens to be quite handsome. He was the more interesting, infuriating and complex character to me rather than the relationship of Juliette and Adam as the story went on. He was a unique kind of villain that I don't see very often in novels. 


  1. Great review I really enjoyed this one too. Adam was a great love interest but Juliette was an even better protagonist!

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  2. Thank you! Adam was okay for me but Juliette was great!

  3. I'm hearing a lot of mixed reviews for this one so I'll reserve judgement for when I read it. I'm a bit over flowery descriptions in YA books as well, although I'm not averse to steamy scenes as long as they're done well :)

  4. @Lan I agreed with both the positive and negative reviews since my feelings were sort of neutral, but I had enjoyed most of the story to give Shatter Me four stars. I hope you'll love Shatter Me more than I did!

    For the steamy scenes, same here! I think that there were just too many/the emotions were too over the top for me (at least in YA).

  5. Awesome review!! :D I loved Shatter Me, but see your points. Tahereh Mafi tried on bringing a new style to writing and that's often dangerous and risky. All the crossing out stuff was a tad bit annoying, but you get used to it at some point.

  6. @Guen I know that Tahereh Mafi had made a risky decision on her writing stye (and for that, I applaud her on taking that chance). It's just that I'm not so into really descriptive novels right now. Despite this, Shatter Me turned out to be really amazing!

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