Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release: November 15th, 2011
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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.
One of the best books of the year!!
Oh.My.Lord!! Truth is, I find no words to start a review for this book. I think that "Oh.My.God" is the one little sentence that can abstractly best describe my feelings toward it. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi simply blew my mind, and it did it from the first page to the last.
There are many great books out there but only a few, very few, can engage me to the point that I stop everything in my life to read them. This book absolutely reached that level! Shatter Me is a book I couldn't put down, and I knew I wouldn't until I reached the last page.
From the beginning Mafi' s writing captivated me with an eloquent and unique voice. Juliette's voice is so strong and alive that it feels real. To be in Juliette's head was tormenting and lovely at the same time. When we first meet her, she is in a asylum. She has been there for 264 days and haven't seen a soul nor talk to any one during all those days. Her entire life has been suffering and isolation and I couldn't help but feel for her. Yet, Juliette is a girl that, despite everything she's been through, keeps an enormous heart, and "all [she has] ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with [her] hands but with [her] heart." (p.69) The torment of her miserable existence cracked my heart. I felt like seeing a real person shattering right in front of my eyes, with only a tiny notebook and a pen to hold onto life...
... until Adam shows up. Adam is simply one of the best male characters I have ever read! He is officially Up There with Dimitri Belikov and Jace Wayland and God only knows how much I love those two! Adam is certainly a hero that will imprint his own mark in every reader's heart. Besides these two extraordinary characters, there is James and Kenji though I won't say anything about them. I think is much better if readers meet them by themselves. In addition, there is another particular character that I absolutely hate, Warner. He is a terrific villain with a beautiful face and a rotten heart. Tahereh Mafi did the perfect job creating such a monstrous yet alluring character.
Shatter Me is full with action and romance from beginning to end. There wasn't even one page that I didn't enjoy. The story kept me immersed in the decaying world Mafi created. The detailed descriptions made this world really touchable and real. Also, Shatter Me is not only a book about action and romance. Actually, strong and relevant themes such as isolation, war/coup d'etat and environmentalism are greatly important in the story (and in our world).
"Our people is dying because we are feeding them poison. Animals are dying because we are forcing them to eat waste, forcing them to live in their own filth, caging them together and abusing them. Plants are withering away because we are dumping chemicals into the earth that make them hazardous to our health. But these are things we can fix" (p.307)
I am vegetarian and this paragraph really touched me. Mafi tells a truth, a terrible truth that does happen today but at the same time, in this fictional world, she gives me hope.
Shatter Me is one of my favorite books of 2011. I loved this book to such point that, when I finish reading Shatter Me, I felt that Tahereh Mafi wrote this book for me. Everything, absolutely everything I love to see in a YA book, this one has it! The plot is rich in every in every single way and I couldn't abandon my book for more than a few minutes. I was holding my breathe most of the time and every time I turned the page, more and more kept coming. The writing is absolutely captivating. Readers wont be able to get away from the words that Mafi so extraordinarily wrote! This book is more than an outstanding debut!
Shatter Me will absolutely be one of those unforgettable books of 2011 and readers will probably read this book more than twice! And, obviously, I am one of them!
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