Monday, February 4, 2013

Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)
 Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) 
by Tahereh Mafi 
338 pages
Epic Reads Website
YA Dystopian
2011

Book Jacket Summary
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

My Thoughts
Such a fast paced adventure with an obsessive villain (my favorite) and a great kick-butt heroine. I really enjoyed this one more than I thought I would! When Epic Reads offered it on their website as a free read, I was hesitant because I have so many other books that I need to get through but I read the first few pages and I was hooked! Juliette is a very different type of girl because she is so much inside her head. She has not spoken to anyone in ages and when Adam is thrust into her cell she has no idea how to communicate at first. Most of her witty dialogue does not come until the end of the book but I thought that Mafi did a great job of showing how Juliette copped with her isolation. Plus there is Warner, I love an obsessive villain and he just takes the cake! Creepy and just psychotic. Love it! I know there is a novella from his POV and I cannot wait to get my hands on it.
The strike-outs that Mafi uses are actually a compelling way of telling the story and in a way just I think. There are many times that something pops into my head and I want to strike it out or during journaling. I come across that a lot in my past journals. Juliette is just journaling inside her head, a stream of consciousness, so to speak.
I would recommend this one to the dystopian readers out there and to those who like books with superheroes because it looks like this one is heading in that direction. Juliette is so Rogue! But Mafi has her own spin on it and I like where it is going!    


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The Selection by Kiera Cass 
Inside Out by Maria Synder


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