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.
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Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
I loved the writing style and quirkiness of this book. Juliette's stream of consciousness narration is so much like how I experience life, how I write and think and sometimes talk. I could really relate to her, her little bit of craziness got inside my head, and I loved it.
I would highly recommend Shatter Me to fans of dystopian fiction, The Hunger Games, Divergent, or those looking for a unique romance.
Tahereh Mafi throws readers straight into her world. She doesn't bother with the tedious world building that I feel like so many dystopians do, which I absolutely loved. The set up with The Reestablishment was just brilliant. Shatter Me is a super fast paced read and has a story that is just intoxicating. My one complaint would be that the sentence structure in the first chunk of the book was very distracting. There was a lot of short, choppy sentences that I felt took away from the plot.
Sparks just fly off the page with the chemistry between Juliette and Adam. I loved the two of them, and cannot wait to see more of them in Unravel Me. Juliette was a fabulous main character - I loved the strength she had. Adam was such a sensitive, sweet, all around awesome kind of guy. Warner was such an interesting villain - I wanted to hate him, but I couldn't completely. He was such an expertly written character.
Tahereh Mafi builds the story until the very last moment. Shatter Me ends on a high note of intrigue and a bit of mystery. The last chapters unravel a lot of questions that I cannot wait to hear the answers to.
Shatter Me is one awesome debut! There was a wicked awesome plot, a great main character, and one hot love interest. Put that all together and you have a book that you will be sad to miss.
17 year old Juliette hasn't been touched in 264 days. The last time she touched another human being, it had deadly consequences. Since then, she's been locked away; her world consisting only of the four concrete walls that separate her from the outside world. The world where The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things but the animals have all disappeared, the seasons are mixed up and the sky is the wrong color. She dreams of fresh air, birds that fly, of feeling the touch of another human being, of having a choice.
What Juliette doesn't know is her world is about to change. The Reestablishment has changed their minds about her and she'll have to decide who to believe, who to trust. She'll have a choice. She'll have to decide whether to be a weapon of war or a warrior for a cause. What will she choose and will her heart betray her in the process?
I was trying to explain to someone just how good this book was and they asked me, "Is it like "Divergent" good or "Hunger Games" good?" I think they asked me this because they knew "Divergent" was my favorite book of 2011 with "The Hunger Games" coming in on my top ten favorites. I said, "This is a combination of both books with the best of the "X-Men" thrown in." It is made of pure AWESOMESAUCE!
Beautiful cover too!
SPOILERS: DON'T READ IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK
Juliette is stronger than she realizes. To be locked away for three years and not go insane is a feat in and of itself. She is "good" like Adam keeps telling her because she's given many opportunities to take revenge (and rightly so) but she doesn't. She's selfless, and her concern for others is a great quality to have, especially if she wants to be a warrior instead of a weapon but I think this will get her into trouble in the sequels where Warner is concerned. I think he will find a way to manipulate her feelings and this will not only affect her relationship with Adam but the war between the Reestablishment and Omega Point too.
I absolutely adored Adam! He's beautiful, selfless, brave and the lengths he's gone too for both Juliette and James are heartbreaking in their tenderness. He's the only person whose ever seen Juliette for who she really is, not as a monster but as "good". How can you not love him?! He's willing to do anything to keep her safe and the chemistry the two have is palpable to say the least! *fans face* I know there's more to his story and I can't wait to find out what the real connection is to the bird tattoo and Juliette's dreams.
I want so badly to dislike Warner but I can't. Even though he too is gorgeous, there's just something about him that screams, "wounded little boy inside with Daddy issues" that makes me not hate him. (I kinda want to hug him and feed him milk and cookies or something) I certainly don't like him right now and I don't want him to end up with Juliette but I think there's hope for him still. Maybe. Hopefully. Even Darth Vader had redeeming qualities, right? Granted, it was when he was dying, but he did! :)
The only "negative" thing I can say about this book is that it's part of a trilogy and I have to WAIT for the next installment. I don't like to be patient when I'm fully invested in a great storyline. ;)
So when Adam first came into the picture, I thought he was a huge douchebag the way he treated Juliet, though we later learn he did that on purpose, which I can forgive him for. And when I found him and Juliet could touch I was mindblown and so happy. When I found out Juliet and Warner could touch, I was scared for her, yet excited. My feelings for those two are complicated. When they kissed, I was happy yet at the same time I was disgusted... I don't know who to ship.
Honestly, I was prepared for that exact moment going into Shatter Me. It's been a few years since it was released and I'd had it on my to-read list since the beginning of time it seems.
And it started out slow...but still interesting.
And Juliette was annoying at times, but I could still stand her.
And yes, a sort of love triangle.
And the writing was odd and the repeating thing was annoying af.
But I love dystopian books. And I wasn't giving up on this.
And I'm glad I didn't.
Loved it. I need a movie of this.
Kenji, y'all. Worth the book alone.
Before I even finished reading, I had already ended up buying the next 2 books. (Thank you, bookoutlet!)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Genre: YA Dystopia/Paranormal
Format: EBook, Print
Publisher: Harper Collins
On Sale Date: November 15, 2011
Recommended Reading: 15+
****THERE ARE NO SPOILERS****
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.
THE GIST: Juliette is locked up, has been for almost nine months. When she touches people, it hurts/kills them (think Rogue from X-men). The world is crumbling and there’s no such thing as justice–not in the world Juliette lives in. Freedom comes with such a high cost, being locked up and forgotten (or worse) might be a much better option.
I’ve seen people land on both sides of the “hate” fence with this book. It’s the kind of novel you either get or don’t, and it’s highly stylized, so if you’re into classic literature, this book might make you cringe. However, if you’re into numbers and possibly thinking the character (and you) might be crazy… you’re in for a fun ride. I’ve never seen anything like this, and it’s so unique and visceral that I would probably squeal like a star struck school girl in the presence of the great Tahereh Mafi. Saying she has “a way with words” wouldn’t quite cover it. Seriously, just preview the book online and you’ll see what I mean on the very first page.
Seriously, go look.
BREAKDOWN: Juliette’s plight is unimaginable. I can’t picture a life in which I could not touch another person. Mafi did a great job of pulling me into that dread and allowing me to feel the ache and loneliness, the sense of abandonment, and the agony of longing for human contact despite human contact being deadly (for the recipient). In reading, you hurt for this character. And she’s incredibly easy to empathize with, so much that you may even feel like you are right there with her, suffering. As it should be.
There’s plenty of action (in more than one connotation), with one hunk of a hero and a slimy yet somehow completely juicy bad guy in a dystopian society with a touch of paranormal for kicks. It’s exciting, fast-paced, intense, passionate, and shamelessly romantic. Juliette’s counterpart/hero shares a dynamic with her that’s intense from the start, and oh what a fun/excruciating ride it is watching them squirm.
Okay, okay, it can’t all be butterflies and rainbows, right? Don’t I have a single objective or critical opinion of this book? Well, not really. As I said, if you’re really into grammar, and if supposed/intentional ‘errors’ drive you nuts, or if you don’t like prose in present tense… you may not like it. Strike-throughs, random numbers, incomplete sentences, and missing punctuation all play into the state of mind of the main character of the story, which reads more like a journal than prose (as it was intended). For me, the way it’s written demanded that I read quickly, literally propelling me forward by the sheer anxiety it caused me to read the words as I imagined the character thinking them. And the style alone didn’t account for my inability to put this book down. I loved it. (Seriously, I can’t think of anything bad unless I wanted to go through and read it a third time just to find something to nitpick).
I came across this book in my search for dystopian YA novels after I’d read Divergent and the Hunger Games trilogy. It was the most pleasant surprise of my dystopian journey, and I read the book faster than I’ve read anything else to date. I literally only put it down because I had to sleep, but I picked it right back up the next day and finished. Thankfully, it was the weekend or I don’t know what I would’ve done.
I wanted a sequel so badly, and was disappointed that there wasn’t one at the time, but I knew this would be a series I’d have to follow. In October, Mafi released a novella called DESTROY ME which worked to tide her fans over until the February 5th, 2013 release of book 2, UNRAVEL ME. It’s not too late to get on board. You can easily catch up by then and be foaming at the mouth alongside me for the release of Unravel Me. In the mean time, you can move on to 1.5 in the series, the novella DESTROY ME… which I will post my thoughts on Thursday!
(Review originally posted on GliteraryGirl.com)
I love that there are some dynamic characters in this book. Every character in this book is so full of life that they came alive out of the pages to me. I have heard critiques that Juliette is a weak person; that doesn't ring true to me. Juliette is shattered in the beginning of the book because of her past and how she has been treated. Adam is a strong, determined man that you can't help but root for. Warner is such a villain and I haven't read of such a strong villain in a long time; I couldn't help but want to punch this guy in the face through the pages. Devour Me, book 1.5, is from Warner's point of view and from what I've read it has made some people actually start to root for him which intrigues me to read this book asap.
I loved that there were some big events in the book that I didn't see coming. This book successfully delivered suspense, action and romance.