Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: November 15, 2011
Series: Shatter Me, book one
Source: ARC from bookstore event
About the Book: 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 asThe 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: This book threw me for a loop. I mean that as a compliment. I loved feeling like I was on the edge of discovery as I was reading it. Anytime you meet a character while they are locked up in an institution you know things aren’t going to proceed in the typical fashion. When that institution is set in a world that is, “crumbling to pieces” and run by a group calling themselves The Reestablishment things get even sketchier. Also, more awesome.
Now, I’ve mentioned before that I might just be cruel but, I loved all the conflict and struggles in this story. First, there is the world itself. It’s falling apart, basically poisoning itself. Then we have Juliette. Her inner turmoil is poignant and such a reflection of the world at large. I just loved learning more and more about both as the story progressed.
And then there’s Adam. Who exactly is he? Can Juliette trust him? Can she trust anyone? Oh, the delicious, delicious tension!! And the superhero like abilities! How awesome are those?!?! I cannot wait to learn more about Juliette and her choices.
Shatter Me kept me engrossed page after page. I loved the drama, the world, the characters, the writing… just everything! If you’re looking for something different this is the book for you.