Book Review: Shatter Me

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Title: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
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.

My Review: This was an interesting one for me. I’d been in a kind of on-again-off-again reading slump – I’d read 2-3 books in the space of a few days and then not read for the rest of the week. Then I picked up Shatter Me and that definitely put an end to that!

The most interesting thing for me was the style. Mafi really gets into Juliette’s head, and matches the style to what one might imagine someone so terribly alone would write like. It might be off-putting to some. In fact, I’ve read plenty of reviews on GoodReads and elsewhere that said the style was the entire reason they didn’t like the book. But I thought the use of strikethroughs and oddly worded phrases only served to strengthen the sense of loneliness and isolation that were what made Juliette into the character she was.

My biggest complaint, if you could call it that, is that the romance seemed to happen too fast. While I understand that it’s necessary for the story to work, it seemed too pat to have Juliette be saved by a guy she had never spoken to, but that was somehow in love with her, and she in love with him. In a story as desperate as this one, I’d like to believe that the characters the author sets up together will stay together, but honestly, with a love story like that, I’m surprised their romance lasted through the book.

Even so, this book kept me up long past my bedtime, because I just couldn’t put it down! It deserves at least a chance from anyone who loved books like The Hunger Games and Uglies.

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Shatter Me”

  1. Alexia561 says:

    Enjoyed your review, as I agreed that the writing style was different and off-putting to some. My biggest complaint was that even after years in prison, she was still beautiful and had several different guys fall in love with her. I mean, c'mon! Not even split ends? 😉

  2. Anne says:

    LOL! Now that you've said that I totally would have the same complaint! I didn't even notice, to be honest, but that's going to bug me now 😛

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