January 31, 2012

Shatter Me

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Release Date ~ 11/15/11
Format ~ Hardcover
Publisher ~  Harper Teen
Source ~ Barnes and Noble
Rating ~ 5/5
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.The Hunger Games's action and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.
My Review: Shatter Me is the bomb, except instead of a explosion, Juliette comes out and touches everyone to death! 
    In Shatter Me you meet Juliette, a girl who has been treated worse then cattle. She's been isolated all her life from society, even from her own parents, because of her "curse". After killing someone with her lethal touch, the Reestablishment locks her up for murder. Three years later, they decide her curse, would make an excellent weapon. And that is just half the plot of this amazing and thrilling debut.
    I found myself constantly admiring Juliette. What surprised me so much about her, was that she cared so much about the world, even though the world hates her.  Adam, the love interest, loves her for just that as well. It reminded me a lot of the Katniss-Peeta relationship, because Adam and Juliette interacted as children but are reunited after years. 
This book sort of had a love triangle, but not really. There was Adam, who I already talked about, and there was Warner, a cunning and cold-blooded young member of the Reestablishment who sees Juliette's gift/curse as a way to take power and stifle all who stand in his way. I saw Warner as a creepy psychopath, not as a love interest, but I have seen some "Team Warner" badges on blogs, so I felt like I needed to say something about him! 
     Tahereh Mafi had a writing style that really stuck with me. Juliette's narrative was so powerful and I liked the way she crossed stuff out! This entire book is one of the most bleak and believable outlooks on what society could be, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we'll never end up like this!
     I liked Shatter Me. I loved Shatter Me.
5/5 Stars!
Cover Comments: She looks so striking and dangerous! But this book is too amazing for the typical girl in a dress!
This book counts in the following reading challenges:
Harper/Harper Imprint Reading Challenge: 5
2012 Dystopian Reading Challenge: 4
2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge: 2
1st in a Series Reading Challenge 2012: 5
 And, don't forgot to enter to win your own copy of Shatter Me, this giveaway ends ends at 12:01 am on the 1st of February, so make haste!






12 comments:

  1. I loved the crossing out stuff too!

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  2. The writing style was awesome!
    I liked Shatter Me.stiked out! no I loved Shatter Me! I agree!
    That was a great part of your review!

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  3. This one has been on my list for a while. I haven't read anything by this author yet but I've heard nothing but good things about this book. Thank you for the honest review.

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  4. Definitely agree with you on this one. I read it in the beginning of January and was absolutely blown away. Fantastic stuff!

    Renae @ Respiring Thoughts

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  5. I haven't read this book yet but after reading your review it's a definite must buy. Great review!

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  6. I've had this one on my wishlist since I first saw the cover and read the blurb. Thanks for the review!
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  7. Great review! I have wanted to read this for a long time!

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  8. Great Review! I'm putting this on my tbr list!

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  9. Wow, that good? I like dystopian novels most, so I'll be sure to check this book out next time! (:

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  10. whoops, it got submitted before I could finish...
    I was thinking of going to one of the Spring Into the Future events next month, so I'll definitely try and read the book before then...

    :D

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    1. OK, so the first part of my comment got deleted, not submitted. I was saying that:

      I've read some conflicting reviews on this book, so I ended up delaying reading it, but I'm glad you really liked it... If the Juliette/Adam relationship is like Katniss/Peeta then I'm sure I'll enjoy it :)

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  11. +JMJ+

    I'm on Team Peeta, so now I'm rooting for Adam. =)

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