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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Everything about Shatter Me intrigued me, from the cover to the summary. So I was definitely excited to get my hands on this debut from Tahereh Mafi!
Here is the summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) The setting. There are a lot of post-apocalyptic settings out there, so much so that they can all seem to be the same after a while. So I was pleased to find this one a unique and interesting world that Juliette and her friends are living in. 2) The details. The details really bring everything to life, creating a very visual world for the reader to be a part of. 3) Symbolism. I love symbolism and always have, since we studied it in school. It's one of the first things I usually pick out when reading. There is a lot of great symbolism in this book, and I think it only makes it better! 4) I still love the cover. I think it's a great visual description of the book. 5) The idea. The idea of this one girl whose touch can prove fatal - that was the most intriguing part of it to me, why is she like that? Is there any way for her to control it? 6) The very ending. This is what really made the book for me. I loved the introduction of the new setting at the end of the book, and Juliette's discovery that she could make her own decisions and didn't have to be a pawn in the Reestablishment's war.

What I Didn't Like: 1) Well, I didn't like the way it started. I think it reminded me of another book that I am not a fan of at all, and so I had to work my way through that. For the record, that's my issue, not anyone else's. 2) The characters. I didn't connect with any of the characters. The just fell a little flat for me. I know a lot of people have found both Juliette and Adam to be great characters, but there was nothing about them that made them just stand out in my mind. 3) The writing style. Tahereh Mafi is a talented and creative writer. However her the style she wrote with in this book just didn't appeal to me as a reader. It was hard for me to get into the story with the strikeouts and grammatical decisions that were made.

Overall Thoughts: I liked Shatter Me. I'm interested to know what happens next, especially after the way this book ended. I'll be looking for more character development from the next book, but I know to expect something great after this one. For a debut novel, this sets up an interesting series that I am looking forward to following!

My rating: 3.5 shots


  1. Courtney, your review is the, first that wasn't all enamored with the strike out fhing which
    i agree might get a little old if it is in the whole book. I just popped over to Parajunkees and she has a post on now to make it snow on your blog. I think I will try it when I get a chance.

  2. Great review! I just finished reading this book, and I loved it, so sorry that you didnt connect with the characters though.


  3. Aww too bad you didn't enjoy it more! I don't usually like a book when I can't connect with the characters either.

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