Review: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication:  November 15th, 2011
Series: Shatter Me
Pages: 338 (Paperback, Hardcover)
              357 (Kindle Edition)
              368 (eBook)

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"You can't touch me," I whisper.

I'm lying, is what I don't tell him.

He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him.

But things happen when people touch me.

Strange things.

Bad things.

No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.

But Juliette has plans on her own.

After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever.


My thoughts:

I've seen Shatter Me everywhere in the last few years, though for a while I hadn't felt it so desperate to read it. I did like the blurb, but I found other books that I couldn't wait to read and it sank into oblivion. Somehow it always happens to me and hyped books. However, a few weeks ago I felt an irresistible urge to start reading it and so it turned out to be my next reading. Well, let's just say I regretted nothing.

In the new world of Reestablishment to be aberrant is bad and seventeen-year-old Juliette is the worst kind of aberrant with her lethal touch hence they lock her up in an asylum for exactly 264 days. This is up until the day when she gets a boy as her new cell-mate and everything changes.

While I was reading, I did a little research. It seemed to me that everybody loved it and I was curious why. The result was surprising as I found out how wrong I was: This is actually one of the most splitting books I have ever seen! There are people who love it and people who hate it. As I was reading the reviews I got a pretty clear picture what the reason is; Ms Mafi's writing style. It's either comes across for somebody and they love it, or not and then they hate it.

She has a very unique writing style which would not match most of the books, but in this one it's perfect. At least for me. She uses a lot of metaphors, repetitions in a very peculiar way and other stylistic tools that I can't even put my finger on. In the way I see things, it gave back Juliette's mental state exquisitely, since although she is not insane, she is broken in a way that a lifetime of bullying and a year solitude and constant rejection make a person broken. Since I've had some experience with bullying and other things like that I'm very sensitive concerning this topic and writers who haven't went through such conditions seldom can describe feelings/characters/situation life-likely and it can ruin the books for me. Nevertheless, Ms Mafi described it so flawlessly, I've never seen something like this. She bestowed Juliette with several habits, way of speaking, thoughts that couldn't have been more of such a person. With this thread of thoughts I would like to grab on the opportunity to tell that our female protagonist's character evolution was also incredible. Her brokeness started to evaporate under the change in the circumstances.

All in all, I loved it as it came across for me and you should give it a try, too, in order to get to know if it would come across for you as well, because if it does you'll love it, I'm sure! :)

Rating breakdown:

Cover: 4.5/5
Characters: 4.5/5
Plot: 4.5/5
Style/Writing: 4.5/5
Word building: 3/5
Originality: 5/5

About the author:

T A H E R E H   M A F I

is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the SHATTER ME series. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California, where she drinks too much caffeine and finds the weather to be just a little too perfect for her taste.
When unable to find a book, she can be found reading candy wrappers, coupons, and old receipts.
SHATTER ME is her first novel.

Foreign rights have sold in 25+ territories
to-date and film rights have been optioned by 20th Century Fox.

Her work is represented by
Jodi Reamer of Writers House, LLC.

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Watch the trailer!

There's a trailer to Shatter me. I usually don't like them, but this is an awesome one. I've watched it like a thousand times.

Continue the series!

it's almost
time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.

I would recommend it to you if you liked...

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