{Book Review} Shatter Me By: Tahereh Mafi

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Shatter Me
Shatter Me #1
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Reading Level: YA
Publication: November 15th 2011

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. In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games 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.



This book is really taking me back.  I know it is not the current cover, but this is the book that we had our hands on when Shatter Me first came out.  So glad I didn’t judge a book by it’s cover.  If you haven’t read Shatter Me.  You are forgiven.  Just make sure you catch up!  Check out one of Joshua’s first post at OUaT back in 2011.  Boy has his writing style matured over the years.  :)


Superheroes are usually a beloved figure seen by our culture, they our showered with love and praise by the people. Locked in a cell and seen as a human monster is not how most are treated, yet in Shatter Me, a lost hero is degraded to this status. Tahereh Mafi writes an excitingly raw book that galvanizes this genre of fiction to all types of people. Her style is sort of breathless in a way that action and emotion never stops. The book flows so well that it won’t take long before you’ve finished.
Juliette is a girl whose whole life has been shrouded by fear. She is born with the ability to kill, simply with the touch of her bare skin. With parents that hate her, she is captured without fuss and placed in a cell where she has no human contact for almost a year. Suddenly, a cellmate is thrust into her life sending her on unexpectedly and dizzying journey. As she heads out she learns about the world and the changes it has undergone. Filled with new found courage she starts to see her ability as a gift rather than a curse. Shatter me is filled with emotion, action, and everything that makes a book great.


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