Series: Shatter Me #1
Published by HarperTeen on November 15th 2011
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.
This is one of the books that I heard literally everybody talk about. Everybody write about and rave about, and to tell you the truth I wasn’t really interested. Is that really weird? It wasn’t until during #TeaTime when everybody was discussing Unravel Me, the sequel to Shatter Me, that I became intrigued. It was around the time that you could read the book for free online and after the first few chapters I purchased the book myself. I liked it, I loved Tareheh Mafi’s writing style and most of all I wanted to hold the book in my hands while reading it, free to mark the pages with colored post its that had my notes on it. When the book finally arrived at my home, I practically ripped the package out of the delivery guys’ hands and started reading where I left off.
The style in which this book is written is way different from anything I’ve ever read before and believe me when I say that it took me some time getting used to it. Especially the crossed out sentences, I actually found it annoying at first, but when you do get used to it, it’s so worth it! Tahereh Mafi’s prose is unique and absolutely beautiful to read. I found myself thinking while reading ‘wow! I love how these words are put together’.
You live inside of Juliette’s head and the narration is one of a seventeen year old girl that’s been through so much, she’s been beat down so many times but she keeps going. The question that Juliette asks herself throughout the book is one we ask ourselves regularly, but has so much more meaning coming from her. Who am I? One of her greatest strengths, in my opinion, is her hearth.
I’ve been neglected abandoned ostracized and dragged from home. I’ve been poked and prodded tested and thrown in a cell. I’ve been studied. I’ve been starved. I’ve been tempted with friendship only to be left betrayed and trapped into this nightmare I’m expected to be grateful for. -Juliette
As you probably noticed from my words above is that another thing I found really intriguing were the characters. Juliette’s character of course, but also Adam, sigh, swoon -okay, seriously too much Jane Austen novels for me-. Then there is Warner. I didn’t really know how to feel about him after the first book. Now I have to admit that I just finished reading the novella Destroy Me and the sequel Unravel Me, and his character became much clearer after reading those books. But enough about the sequel, this is after all a review about Shatter Me!
I absolutely love the world Tahereh Mafi created. It’s beautiful and unique prose, the vivid metaphors and the way you get to know Juliette and her feelings. Sure, there were some times I rolled my eyes at something being said, sometimes a bit overdramatic, but overall Shatter Me opened up a whole new world to me.
Hope is hugging me, holding me in its arms, wiping away my tears and telling me that today and tomorrow and two days from now I will be just fine and I’m so delirious I actually dare to believe it.