Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

 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.

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I decided to begin this book after learning that it would turn on a TV series. I was surprised why I hadn't started this one before! Despite its dystopian genre, one I feel bored to read, I found Mafi's writing to be extraodinary and very emotional.

Julette is locked in some kind of prison for 264 days. She hasn't seen or spoken to anyone in this part of her seclusion. And no one wants to get close to her because her touxh kills. So when a boy is thrown into her cell, everything changes and her past comes back to her.

I liked the way Mafi used lined sentences in order to show the difference between what Julitte was saying and what she was truly feeling. It was very awful for her to live like that: even her own parents gave her away thinking her as a monster. And when Warner, the leader of the Reestablishment wants to use her as a weapon, becoming also psychotic about her, I became pretty sure, that Adam will be the only love interest in this story.

After survaving the "Arcana Chronicles" by Kresley Cole, I really don't want to fall in yet another love triangle. But all the points go to the lyrical wrting and the world building. Even how Juliette slowly discovers the happiness of being touched made my heart melt.

I liked it very much and surely I will try to get the next book too!

About the author:

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.