Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #1
Genre: YA, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Pub Date: Nov. 15th 2011
I have a gift
I'm more than human
My touch is power
I will fight back
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.
I have been seeing this book around the blog-o-sphere for quite some time. It sounded like my kind of book; dystopian, supernatural abilities, romance. It still took me this long to pick up this book. Partly because there are so many books out there I am dying to read and partly the title. I cant exactly explain why but the title did not draw me in so I always found something else on my TBR to read.
YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!! I had a very difficult time putting it down once I finally got to reading it!! I loved it.
The writing in this threw me off at first. There is writing that is scratched out much like the blurb above and often that the main character repeats herself. I found this to be rather annoying. The overall story was great though.
Juliette's character was hard for me to relate to. She is broken, needy, reclusive. I understand that this is due to how she has spent life for the past few years but it made it hard to like her. I kept thinking to myself, would you grow up and do something!! She had some character growth but not exceptionally so. I also had a hard time believing that Warner was a bad guy. While Juliette and Adam try hard to portray Warner as the villian, I couldn't seem to dislike him. Like any character I found his methods of doing stuff absurd and abstract but he doesnt strike me as Evil per se.
I am excited to continue this story and will be picking up the sequels in the very near future. Unravel Me is next followed by Ignite Me, both of which are already published and on my shelves! I have not researched to see if Tahereh Mafi has any other other novels but would consider reading other works if available.