Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #1
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
RATING: 4 STARS!!!
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.
This book is everywhere, and honestly, almost everybody has either heard of it or read it. So, not a lot of insight can be added my me, but I figured I would share my thoughts on the book anyway. :)
This book took me a bit to get into. It was all in the beginning. It read slow for me. I know that is the case in most series, because the author has to kind of introduce the world an the characters and all that. And in the beginning you aren't really attached to the characters, at least in the first book. But in the case with this book, it wasn't the plot or introductions that I found slow. I'm sad to say it was the writing style that detracted from the story for me, at least in the beginning. I did however grow to really love the writing style, and believe that Tahereh Mafi is a fantastic author, it was just something that I had to get used to. And I say that in a sort of warning type message for anybody who hasn't read the book, because at a point I wanted to give up because I wasn't liking it, but kept going. And I am so glad I didn't give up on this book! Another aspect of the writing style that took a bit getting used to was the use of the strike through. I was, honestly in the beginning, confused by it. And had to keep reminding myself that it was used to show her conflicting emotions and thoughts. It did grow on me, and I enjoyed the way they added to my reading experience and overall love of the book. That brings me to the repetition of words.
Now on to more positive things, because I really did love this book. I enjoyed the overall premise of the book. Juliette's touch is lethal, and she sort of learns to deal with not being able to touch anybody. Until she finds Adam. And that is the part of the book that I enjoyed the most. The sense that there is somebody out there for everybody was made very clear in this story, and I liked that. The world was introduced in this book, but I felt like we weren't shown very much. And I want to find out more about the Reestablishment and why and how and all that fun stuff that probably won't be answered until the next book. :)
I did really enjoy this book, and will continue on with the series. The ending wasn't my favorite, and honestly that is why it lost a star for me. I just kind of felt like it was way too similar to X-Men, but hopefully that feeling goes away in the next book. I look forward to reading Warner's novella next, as I am interested in seeing why everybody jumped ship and fell for him. I am still team Adam, as I have only seen Warner in a negative light, but we shall see! :)
Hope everybody is having a wonderful week and enjoying all this nice weather! :)