Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian/Romance
Rating: 4/5 stars
I have a curse
I have a gift
I am a monster
I’m more than human
My touch is lethal
My touch is power
I am their weapon
I will fight back
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.
Spoiler Free Thoughts: I wasn’t sure how I was going to like this book, but I was hoping I would like it a lot because I bought the whole series at once and wanted to continue on and also I’d heard such good things about it and Tahereh’s writing. I was pleasantly surprised because I don’t normally like dystopian sat all but I was very captivated by Shatter Me.
Tahereh’s writing is absolutely gorgeous. It’s so gentle and poetic, I instantly fell in love with it. I adore her metaphors so much!!!
The characters were likeable. Juliette as a main charater was pretty good although I was getting some major Tris Prior from Divergent vibes from her and I very much dislike Tris as a character. Adam was cool too. The one thing I didn’t get was everyone who’s read the series seems to LOVE Warner and I just found him creepy! I’ve already read Unravel Me as well and I still think he’s creepy so he must do something really redeeming in the last book to be everyone’s favourite.
There wasn’t much world building would be my only big criticism. I didn’t mind that because world building to me can be a bit tedious but it was kind of weird to visualize the world when it wasn’t really described too much. You also didn’t know why everything was happening because the situation that North America was in wasn’t really explained either. All you knew was that things were not going smoothly.
Overall I gave it 4/5 stars. I really enjoyed Shatter Me and I would recommend it to anyone who likes dystopian societies were dope have weird abilities. I can’t wait to se hoe the trilogy ends! (I’ve also ordered the novella bind up online and I can’t wait to read that as well!