Review Time! Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is a 2011 YA Debut, keeping up with the trend, this is another dystopian! We’ve had plenty of great dystopia novels this year but this is definitely one of the better ones I’ve read! Shatter Me will be released in November this year. Thanks to Allen and Unwin for the ARC!
(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
The Short Story? - A remarkable debut! One of the best dystopias I’ve read this year! A heart-pounding plot, a passionate romance and a heroine like no other. Shatter Me is a gripping page-turner that kept me up way past my bedtime! Beautifully written and captivating, I read this cover to cover! Shatter Me is not to be missed!
The Long Story? – I don’t get the cover. It doesn’t really relate to the book and it does no justice for HOW AWESOM E this novel is! Some people like it but for me it’s really not catchy enough. Dystopian is quite a trend in YA right now (so long vampires!) and I’ve read many of them, some I liked, some I didn’t but this is definitely one of the ones that will be talked about because it’s brilliant!
In a nutshell, Shatter Me is about a girl called Juliette whose touch can kill and so she’s locked away in a mental asylum. Enter Adam, hot sexy boy who she thinks she knows from her childhood and suddenly everything is different. The Reestablishment wants her to be a weapon for them but Juliette is ready to fight and so the story goes on from there. The plot was a phenomenal page-turner! From the first word to the last, I hooked on. Engrossing, exciting, original and addictive, this debut is packed with adventure and romance. Not a boring moment, Shatter Me has left me craving for me! For fans of Matched by Ally Condie and Divergent by Veronica Roth!
The characters were very likeable. All were very developed, complex and well portrayed. Juliette was a fantastic protagonist. It’s easy to connect with her because her emotions are so real and she’s gone through so much pain. She’s lonely and she blames herself for this and that until Adam comes along and it’s all really touching. Adam was perfect for love attraction, the things he says just make me want to *swoooon*, there is this part in the book where he’s telling Juliette why he loves her and I just fell in love with him. What a great guy! I sniffing up a love-triangle but I COULD be wrong. Warner is the antagonist but honestly I think he’s quite alright and according to me, I think Juliette has a wee bit of a crush on him, she just doesn’t know it yet!
What else can I say? Put this one on your radar because you’ll regret not reading it. It’s going to be THE talk, trust me on this one. Mafi has written a debut like no other, an epic romance, a controlling society and a girl with a morbid ability! It’s one to be enjoyed by everyone! Shatter Me is an captivating debut filled with danger, romance and adventure. Beautifully written, it’s a must read!
Rating – 5/5
Badass Bookie xx