Thursday, November 3, 2011

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me
(Shatter Me #1)
by Tahereh Mafi
Publication Date: November 15th, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 342
ISBN: 9780062085481

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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)
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is an absolute must read. This debut novel completely blew me away, and left me dying for more!

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!

Happy Reading!


  1. Excellent review! It was a really original writing style I really enjoyed it as well. I'm also curious to find out more about their world in book2.

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  2. Ahhhh so so so happy you loved it! <3 I absolutely agree with everything you said. The writing? Incredible. The romance? HECK YES, INTENSE. Adam? SWOON. Juliette? KICKASS. And... Warner? Man, I hated him in some scenes. But there's something about him that... ugh. He's going to be an interesting character to learn more about, that's for sure. And aw, I adored Kenji too!

    Fantastic review, Christy!

  3. It's always good to find a book with a decidedly different writing style. Great review!

  4. Yay!!! I loved this one too:) I was a little thrown in the beginning by the style of writing too, but it definitely grows on you and then you get sucked in and can't turn the pages fast enough. I need the next book immediately! Really wonderful review Christy:)

  5. I'm so psyched for this book! Everyone has been saying they loved it. I've got an Amazon order going right now and its preordered. Can't wait to read it myself!

    Kristan @ Lost Amongst the Shelves

  6. I admit you've made me even more curious to read it now! It sounds soo good and you definitely make it sound even more interesting; I had no idea it was written differently. Great review!

  7. Great review! I've been hearing nothing but good things about this one so I'll definitely be picking up a copy when it comes out :)

  8. I agree whole-heartedly with your review! When I sat down to write mine, I kept trying to be as succint as you were, but I just loved this book so much. One of my favorite new authors!

    I'd love it if you popped on over to my blog to read my review. :)

  9. Luckily my copy should be arriving from amazon shortly (this one the hubby was nice enough to buy me after I begged) lol
    Pabkins @ Mission to Read

  10. SO MANY REVIEWS ON THIS BOOK! I have to read it or I'm going to explode! Lol but seriously, this book sounds really awesome. I don't really like the cover so much though

  11. Another great review about Shatter Me! Nice! You've also mentioned the world leaving you a little curious. I have this book for review. I was wondering what to read next and think I will pick up Shatter Me!

  12. I love this book. I totally agree about Juliette. She is amazing and made even more amazing when you look at what she's been through.

    Warner is intriguing. I am curious to learn more about him even though he's a world class jerk.

    Excellent review, and I can't wait for book 2 either.

  13. I'm really excited for this one. It looks so interesting! Thanks for the review :)

  14. Damn my sister and HER STUPID SCIENCE PROJECT. Lemme 'splain what I mean.

    My sister, last night, decided that, when I FINALLY finished my homework and was able to get on the computer, she needed to work on "science homework." I still don't know if I even believe her, creeptastic larva picture aside. It's too suspicious.

    I left this review open in the tab, because, hey, as you've already read on my blog, I've been dying to read Shatter Me. And I salute you for managing to fan the flames of my desire for this FREAKING BOOK.

    - Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)

  15. I want to read this book so badly! Every single review I've seen so far has raved about it! Glad you enjoyed it too - and I have to say, I am really looking forward to reading about Adam :P. I think you've made me want this book even more, and I didn't think that was possible! Great review :).

  16. AMAZING REVIEW....and totally the one thing that drew me into this book was the way the author presented it....all the cross outs and the what nots and the world building was totally amazing too.

    check out my review too if u have d time here


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