Books Review

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

November 15, 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. (GoodReads)


I usually write a little introduction for a review, but I tried a handful of times to write one for Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me and couldn’t come up with anything that worked. So, I’m just going to get to the point.

Shatter Me is absolutely stunning phenomenal.
Tahereh Mafi has written a gorgeous story that hit me in the stomach and pulled at my heartstrings. She has taken the written word and given it new life and form through her poetic descriptions and through the use of “strikethrough”. Her use of strikethrough-ing words is not as distracting as it may sound. Instead, the crossed out parts give readers an in-depth inside look into Juliett’s mind. Ms. Mafi’s lyrical prose reminds me of Maggie Stiefvater and Gayle Forman’s writing, but she’s still in a league of her own.
Speaking of Juliett, her emotions, thoughts, and actions leap off the page and despite her supernatural abilities, she’s one of the most human characters I’ve come across. Her chemistry with Adam is not only sizzling, but beautiful and raw. Readers will be rooting for them without hesitation.
The world Ms. Mafi has created and set up is a violent place where people are lied to and are led by a bloodthirsty government. It sounds cliche, but the supernatural elements make it refreshing. And there’s also a certain depth the society that I can’t quite explain, but it’s there and it’ll connect readers to the story in a way that will give them a whirlwind of a reading experience.
All in all, Shatter Me is a book that is worthy of all the hype and it’ll be interesting to see how the movie turns out if/when it’s made. Tahereh Mafi is on the fast track to become a force to be reckoned with and she has written an exciting, romantic, and powerful debut.

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