Review: Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi

Review: Shatter Me – Tahereh MafiShatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #1
Published by Harper
Published: November 15, 2011
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I have a curseI have a gift

I am a monsterI'm more than human

My touch is lethalMy touch is power

I am their weaponI 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.

I had zero intentions to read this book originally. It just didn’t seem like something that would interest me. Well, I don’t know if you have noticed, but I have been challenging myself to read stuff outside of my normal reading comfort zone.  Since that’s the case when this was offered by Epic Reads(Harper Teen) as a 68-hour free read online only, I jumped on it. My conclusion: I’m an idiot for passing in the first place. This book was fantastic and addicting and mesmerizing!

Shatter Me is about Juliette, a girl that has been locked away in isolation for months because she possesses a power that frightens everyone around her. Juliette can kill people with the simplest of touches and because of that it has been almost a year since she had touched anything. Alone and scared Juliette’s world turns upside down when she is suddenly sharing a cell, and not just anyone, with a boy that may or may not be from her past. When things become even more complicated and Juliette finds out exactly why she has been locked up she must decide who to trust and just what she is willing to do to save her life and those around her.

God did I love Juliette. She was such a great character. She had strength, but not too much so she was unbelievable, and she had a vulnerability, but not enough to make her seem like a super whiner. And she and Adam together were complete and utter magic. I could not get enough of their interaction. They played off each other so well and yet there was innocence to them even if you could constantly cut the sexual tension with a knife.  Add in the stress of Werner and you have a winning combination of awesome.  What really grabbed me though was the storytelling. It was done in a way that I actually believed in the “fantasy” aspect which was what scared me away in the first place. Everything was paced nicely which added to the realistic feel not to mention the emotions all characters showed.

All in all, this is a must read book and series. I have the second book waiting for me to read and I can’t wait to get to it.

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