Saturday, June 14, 2014

Book Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

10429045My Rating: 4 stars

Date Read: June 13, 2014

Source: Purchased ebook

Publication Date: November 15, 2011

Publisher: Harper

Genres: Young adult, dystopian, romance

Summary (taken from Goodreads):

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I'm more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
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.

Review: I adored this book. The writing style is different from anything I've read before and I loved it - I also loved that I was never bored throughout the book. It is paced very well.

I was rooting for Juliette the whole way through. I've read quite a few reviews where the reader has found her annoying, but I didn't see it at all. She was very strong after what she had been through and I thought she was a great character. It was so difficult to figure out who she could trust, which created a nice amount of suspense.

There are others who really grew on me as well. Adam took awhile, because I doubted his character a lot in the beginning, but I really loved him by the end. I grew attached to James right away, as well as some other side characters towards the end of the book.

One thing that did bother me was the ending - it felt slightly rushed. After everything Juliette had been through, I would have thought she'd take longer to make that final decision.

Either way, I definitely enjoyed this and am looking forward to the sequel!


  1. This series was so awesome. And I'm with you, the writing style was different and took getting used to. The whole scratch through text pissed me off a lot but it was necessary! Great review

  2. I actually like the crossed out text! I see how it could annoy you though. Thanks, glad you liked the review! :)

  3. Welcome ;) looking forward to seeing how you feel about the others. Also, there are two novellas from Warner and Adam's POV.

  4. I read the first novella already! Didn't know the second was in Adam's point of view but now I look forward to it more :) I really don't like Warner.

  5. I didn't like him either at first ;)

  6. I think he'll definitely grow on you, especially by the third book! But your analysis so far is exactly what I thought after reading the first book. :)

  7. That's good to hear. So far his control issues with Juliette remind me of an abusive relationship... But I did kind of see a bit of change in him when I read the first novella in his point of view.

  8. I don't want to spoil anything for you because it really is a great series so all I will say is that people change. And that doesn't mean just Warner. There are some characters that really do turn over a new leaf! I hope you like it!

  9. Thanks for not giving me spoilers! Sounds exciting so I'll have to read the second book soon :)

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