Thursday, March 13, 2014

Review: Shatter Me

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)Shatter Me
Tahareh Mafi
Dystopia, Fantasy

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.

It has taken me so long to catch up to everyone on this, and boy, am I glad I finally did.

Shatter Me was just a GREAT read. From the first sentence, I was hooked and intrugued. Juliette is such a strong character with such an intense and complicated past that served as a really fascinating backstory. Her struggle to overcome her mental and emotional barriers was done so realisticly and matched what I've heard and read about real victims of emotional abuse and neglect. And yet, the story wasn't heavy or hard to read. There's no graphic scenes and it's totally fine for the faint hearted. 

The characters were so wonderfully DYNAMIC! Adam, Warner and Kenji could each have their own book - and maybe they do, I know there are a few novellas part of this series. There was a touch of insta-love between Adam and Juliette- but they did have a mutual history, so I was able to buy it. 

Cover? Beautiful. Awesome female heroine with kick-butt powers? Check. Smoldering hot guy? CHEEECK. Writing? Great. Pacing? Just right. All in all? Pick up this book.

Only nitpick? I was hoping we'd get some sort of science fiction explanation to Juliette's powers, kinda like Under the Never Sky. The end suggested a bit of a fantasy direction, but we'll see(:


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