Short and Sweet Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

December 18, 2012 Uncategorized 2

Rating: 5 Stars *****
Source: Reviewer Purchase

Blurb: 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.

Lori’s Review:
Juliette can’t touch people. Her skin is poison. Her touch kills. She has been put away and forgotten. Until Adam shows up. Her life drastically changes and she must choose to use her power in a way she never has before.
I loved the authors writing style, I thought it was beautiful. It’s feels like poetry. It feels like sanity and insanity and Juliette’s jumbled thoughts feel perfect.

“His lips his lips his lips his lips his lips
My eyes are fighting not to flutter
My legs have won the right to tremble
My skin is scorched everywhere he’s not touching me.
His lips are so close to my ear I’m water and nothing 
and everything and melting into a wanting so desperate it 
burns as I swallow it down.”
I don’t think anyone is surprised that I loved this book. Honestly, really, guys, it’s a dystopian. Of course I love it. 
It’s got everything I love in a book. End of the world. MC that borders on insane, is stronger than she thinks, and supernatural. Hot boy. Hot crazy baddie. Action. Perfection. The plot is solid, the pacing was perfect. 
My one complaint is that things seem to be addressed and then forgotten. Like the bird tattoo. I feel like there is a bigger significance to it. I’m hoping it isn’t just dropped and the author expands on why it’s there. Otherwise it’s just a random detail that didn’t need to be there. I don’t actually think it is though. 
That’s the thing about series. The reader has to pay attention. Otherwise we forget things, Otherwise the author can mention something and then never bring it up again. 
I love love love this book. I recommend it to anyone who loves YA dystopians with a bit (or a lot) of romance. I don’t recommend it to people who are not open to experimental writing styles though. 

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Lori

I'm a mother, and I love reading. What else is there to know?

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  • Is the entire book written like the bit you posted? I don’t know if I could get through an entire book written in that style but in smaller snippets I think it would be beautiful.

  • No it’s just bits and pieces. Usually when she is feeling a strong emotion.