Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Genre: Young Adult, YA Dystopian, YA Paranormal Romance, YA Science Fiction
Pages: 338 pages (hardcover)
Publication: November 2011
Goodreads Summary: 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.
Review: X-men is one of my favorite comic series of all time. So, when I read that Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi was a dystopian twist of the X-Men mixed with The Hunger Games, I was sold. In my mind it didn’t live up to these claims, but it was still a great start to a new series.
Juliette hasn’t touched another person in 264 days. The last time she did, she accidently killed a person. Locked up for her crimes, Juliette seeks companionship within her own mind. Then suddenly she finds herself with a cellmate. The cellmate is Adam, a boy from her past. Adam is a test, the Reestablishment wants to see if Juliette is crazy or if she can be used as weapon to further their agenda. Juliette has a decision to make: will she join the Reestablishment, or will she use her power for good?
I just want to get this out of the way to start: Shatter Me was not reminiscent of the Hunger Games at all. It was hardly a dystopian novel. It had dystopian elements, but the main focus was on Juliette and her touch, not on the society and what they have become. There were hints of a dystopian society, but not a lot of focus. I feel that as the series progresses we will get more dystopian, but for now this is defiantly a science fiction novel.
With my genre rant out of the way, let me say that I loved the how this book was written. I found Tahereh’s style of writing amazing. She writes flowing prose that brings the story to life. I loved that we had Juliette’s inner thoughts and then crossed over to she what she really said. It added an extra element to the story. I felt that we got to see Juliette’s inner workings.
I found this book to be very promising. The characters were well developed, and I felt that Tahereh really nailed the people in the book. The story left me wanting more. At the ending of this book I immediately wanted the next book and was completely bummed with the realization that I would have to wait. Overall, I was very impressed by this fantastic debut.
Rating: 4 stars