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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) by Tahereh Mafi

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.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.
Summary taken from
Length: 338 pages (paperback)
Source: Personal Acquisition.
Publication Date: November 15th 2011

First off I'd like to thank my friend Brandie for making me read this book! Without her recommending it to me I probably wouldn't have bothered reading it so quickly :) Secondly, I have to apologize ahead of time. In an effort to not give away spoilers I'm going to have to be really vague in my review, I hate when things are spoiled for me so I'm going to try my best not to ruin it for anyone else.

I finished the book in 2 and a half hours.
That's how damn good it was!  I absolutely loved it! Finally a character who has ISSUES but does not whine about them incessantly like a petulant child. Juliette has real reasons to be sad/mad/hateful. She has been locked away, alone for 264 days in a cell where she hasn't touched anyone in 264 days. Alone, that is until Adam comes along and her world changes.

I really liked Juliette was an awesome character I really loved her. Her back story is sad (I'm going to try not to give the plot of this one away since I would hate to ruin it for anyone).  and it made me so angry at how she was treated like a freak her whole life and through out the book actually. I hate when people are ostrasized for reasons that they cannot control. However despite the hand that she has been dealt, there is still kindness in her and she still has a heart.

The only thing I have to say that may be negative is that I went into the book thinking that the book was a YA dystopian novel, but it focuses more on romance than the dystopia aspect. But, if I'm correct than this may just be the authors way of setting up the world and the back story for future books, though I will admit it was a tad disappointing to me that this was the case. I really enjoyed the way the book was written. Others have commented that Mafi overused metaphors in the novel and that it made it more of a collection of metaphors than a novel. I just so happen to disagree. There is a lot of metaphors but there is a novel that deserves to be read. It has a strong female character and an interesting premise that makes the whole reading process worth it!

The book is a great quick read and I highly recommend it for lovers of YA. Particularly romance YA lovers though because of the romance in it. But I think everyone should read it. It has mystery, suspense, death and love all in one nice, neat and shiney package. If you haven't read it add it to your list because you won't want to miss this one! I'm eagerly anticipating the second book

Also if you have read it what did you think? (NO SPOILERS!)

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  1. I have not read this one yet, but its on my list! Great review!

  2. I read this a few weeks ago and absolutely devoured it! I read it so quickly then wanted to slap myself for reading it so quickly once i finished it because it was over and the second one isn't out yet, and... i was sad lol. I got mad at one part, but i can't say what because its a spoiler but... (lets see if i can code this..) page 267... how did she miss the... watermelon?! the watermelon was right in front of her!? though im kind of glad she missed, i'm rooting for the watermelon in the next book. Well, i'm torn between the watermelon and the... apples? Lol i hope you get what i'm saying... epic fail, shae...

    Shae @ Understanding Shae's Story

    1. I know exactly what you mean! I'm rooting for the apple though!!
      P.S. Excellent coding :D

  3. I wish you had written this review earlier. I was longingly gazing at this book cover in the World Book Fair but then thought that I wouldn't like it that much to buy a paperback inspite of having the Kindle version. But now I think I should have. :(

    1. :( I'm sorry! But a least you have it on Kindle :) Get to reading it missy!

    2. Yes, I will get to it as soon as I clear some review copies..*sigh*

  4. Downloading this book for sure!! Sounds great! I also love how you talk about people being mean because she was different and how horrible that it is.

    "People laugh at me because i'm different. I laugh at them because they are the same." ---one of my fave quotes by a unknown author

  5. Great review! I'm glad you enjoyed this one as much as I did. And I have to agree about the romance part. So I'm really looking forward to see how Mafi would focus more on other aspects of the story. Oh, and Adam! *swoons*

    Teen Readers' Diary

  6. Great review baby. You did a great job. Proud of u


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