Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)
By Tahereh Mafi
338 Pages
Published by Harper Collins

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.

Another book that everyone seemed to love, and another book that I went into skeptical because everyone seemed to love it. And for the first few chapters I was like, “Hm. I don’t really get it.” I was struggling with the style in which it’s written because I’d never read anything quite like it before. It was a sort of stream of consciousness dramatic style that I wasn’t sure I liked, because I am set in my ways and am pretty much this guy when it comes to this newfangled stuff the kids are doing these days:

Well, I owe Tahereh Mafi a huge apology because NOW I GET IT. Once I got over my initial reservations and really got going I literally could not put this book down. The hype? It’s deserved.

Juliette is a compelling heroine. She has all the power in the world literally in the palm of her hand and she doesn’t want it. She wants nothing more than to be totally normal in every way. She’s never had a friend. Her family couldn’t wait to be rid of her. Her “gift” has been nothing but trouble and sadness to her. Even those who have treated her horribly she can’t bring herself to harm. It made her a lot more interesting and sympathetic than if she had been willing to use her abilities for revenge.

As for the “love triangle” I found it to be pretty cut and dried. Obvs Adam is a love and the guy for her and Warner is a sadistic twat. It bothered me a little that at times Juliette seemed drawn in by his very dubious charms. It seemed like she should have been much, much too smart for that. Actually, he was such a huge douchebag that I started to get curious as to what his deal actually is. What happened to make him a completely insane dick? I hope there’s more Warner in the next book because I’d like to know what makes him tick. And I hope there’s more Adam because there’s no doubt that he and Juliette should be 2gether 4ever.

As for the last 1/4 of the book or so?

Yes. It needs an enormous gif that zooms in on a totally stunned bird. This is the only appropriate way to express the proper reaction to the end of this book. HOLY. EFFING. EFFBALLS. I was reading in the tub and nearly drowned.

Give me the next book now, please and thank you.

4.5/5 stars – I Like It Very Much and a Half. Literally like a hair away from being a 5/5, which is super rare!

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  1. yeah, I have been on the fence about reading this one too. If the ginormous eagle in your post is any indication, I better bump it up on my tbr list 🙂

  2. Tahereh Mafi said there will be more Warner in book two. I’m dying to find out what made him completely bananas. I, to, obviously want Adam & Juliette together. I just really need to know what Warner’s deal is. I also had major reservations and trouble w/the writing style early on, but very quickly changed my mind and latched on. So glad you loved it.
    Great review!

  3. Samantha

     /  February 20, 2012

    Shatter Me is one of those books that I couldn’t wait to read. Not only has it been incredibly hyped online, but it has an incredibly compelling concept and a great blurb that screams “Read me!” Being touted as the Hunger Games meets X-men, Shatter Me boasted some of the most unique marketing I’ve ever seen for a YA novel, despite its unknown author and not-incredibly-compelling cover. Being the biggest dystopian nerd that I am, I was totally pulled in by the heavy blurb and was beyond exciting for this book.

    Shatter Me was strangely difficult for me to get into. First, Juliette spends much of the first half of the novel being completely obedient to the horrible regime that locked her away and seemed completely resigned to her terrible fate. It also doesn’t help that she spends far too much time feeling sorry for herself, calling herself a “monster” and dripping with angst. There were times I wanted to tell her to just get over it. Thankfully, throughout the novel Juliette’s adventures help to meld her into a stronger, better person who is more confident and empowered.

    I’ve also read some interesting reviews that have discussed how much they loved the writing style in Shatter Me. I’m not sure I like it -in fact, I was torn for much of the book. Most of the writing is done in stream-of-conscious style that really gets into Juliette’s head, but left me out of breath by the end of most sentences. It didn’t seem that polished or crisp to me. Again, this did get better as the book went on, but I wouldn’t rave about the writing style here. However, some sentences here were amazing emotional gems that really were beautiful.

    I wouldn’t call Shatter Me the best dystopian novel I’ve read this year, but it’s still worth reading. It’s certainly something different in the genre with a unique style approach that’s unlike anything else I’ve ever read. Recommended for fans of dystopian romance.

    Have a lovely day,


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