Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me
Original Date Started: August 8, 2013
Original Date Finished: August 14, 2013
Format: ebook from the digital library
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.
So the first time I read this book three years ago, it was really
different intriguing to me. The narrator – Juliette – not only has a different name (if I have to read one more book where the MC’s name is Anna, Bella, etc. I might scream) but her vocabulary is extreme out of this world. She is very vivid in her use of adjectives and similes. I also liked the concept. A dystopian world where everything is in shambles and then there’s this girl who has the power to kill a person just by touching them. It’s insane. Hence, why the book begins in an insane asylum where Juliette meets Adam who she already knows from a long time ago. The thing that floored me was the fact that Adam remembers her too and in fact spent the last three years looking for her. It was heartfelt and sweet, which in this world that seems to be drab and gray put a little light in the world. Then there is Warner, the guy from the Reestablishment who is obsessed with Juliette and everything that she can do. He believes that together they will be unstoppable and will stop at nothing to make sure that she is his. In a way, this guy reminded me a lot of Prince Diamond from Sailor Moon, but that could just be me.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. Look, I know I said I liked this book because the narrator was different and the idea of her power was different, but this book still had some problems. It would have been cool if Juliette was the only one with powers, instead we have fifty-five others in this new organization that also have abilities. Shatter Me also ended oddly. There was no sense of a big climactic scene and no aftermath. I mean, sure, Warner finding Juliette and Adam after they ran away was kind of major, but then she shot him and got away with Adam. Not all that dramatic. I’m also still wondering what this new organization is and why exactly it is these people have powers and why can Adam and Warner touch Juliette when no one else can?
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