Monday, January 9, 2012

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
2011, HarperCollins
Series: Book 1 of Shatter Me

Synopsis: 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.

Why read: Requested from Amazon Vine

What impressed me: More than anything, I enjoyed Shatter Me because it was full of surprises. Every time I thought I understood what was going on, another layer was added. I loved the romance angle because it wasn't a love triangle, but I sort of wish it could have been. At least, if Juliette could have considered the bad guy, because he's so perfect in his evilness, you actually start hoping for his redemption. The male characters in Shatter Me shine, while not dragging the attention away from Juliette's importance. The entire novel is an intriguing battle between good and evil.

What disappointed me: I didn't especially enjoy the diary format of this book. It would have probably been less noticeable if not for the strike-through cross-outs. And Juliette's personality can be sort of grating at times.

Recommended: Anyone who likes dystopian societies where those in charge don't even pretend to be good anymore, along with anyone who likes main characters with superhero-esque abilities.

Continue series: Yes. I definitely want to see more of Juliette as she accepts herself and what she can do.

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