(Shatter Me #1)
by Tahereh Mafi
Publication Date: November 15th, 2011
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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. (Goodreads)
The main character in the story is Juliette. When we first meet Juliette, she’s been locked away in a room by herself for the last 264 days, without any human contact whatsoever. She’s broken and, well, shattered. I have to say, Juliette was definitely not what I expected for this main character. After all that she had been through, I didn’t expect her to be quite so… amazing. We get to see so many different sides of her character, and you just have to love her. Once she meets Adam, she really starts to grow into a stronger character. I fell in love with Adam as soon as he was introduced to us. Talk about another interesting character, oh my, he’s definitely swoon-worthy. The relationship between Juliette and Adam can be summed up in one word: intense. Or you could say: extremely intense!
The secondary characters were extremely interesting as well. I especially loved Kenji, and some of the other characters we meet towards the end of the book. Without giving a lot away, there is a bad guy in the story, named Warner. He’s definitely an ultimate bad guy, but you still have to feel for him. I am looking forward to reading more of this story as the series goes along.
The writing in this book is completely different than anything I read thus far. At first, I didn’t know what was going on with the way the sentences were structured and the way words were repeated. This style grew on me very quickly, and I had no problem following along with the story. The way she described things was absolutely brilliant!
We don’t get to see a lot of what has become of the world while Juliette was locked away, and that left me more than a little curious. However, we were getting to see things from Juliette’s point of view, and with her having to be hidden, she didn’t get to see much. I am hoping we will get to see more of the world in the future books.
Overall, this book was amazing. It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed a book quite so much. You MUST read it! Go ahead; I’ll be waiting to see what you think of it!