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

Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Pub. Date: Nov. 15, 2011
Acquired: Borrowed from library
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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.

~My Review~

I've heard from the beginning that this book was one that everyone needed to read. But for whatever reason it took me three years to get on the bandwagon.

This genre really is a dime a dozen, nowadays and it's difficult to find reads that actually stand out among the numerous attempts at originality.

Even if this story, itself, didn't stand out and exude "other", then Ms. Mafi's writing would still be enough to make it's permanent mark on the reader's mind.
It's like every peek into Juliette's brain is a poem. A song. Something that is both depressing yet beautiful.
Only when she speaks does she seem to be human. But, it's almost jarring when you realize that she doesn't SPEAK in prose.

Sometimes fragmented, but always poignant, Juliette's narrative is delightful.

The rest of the story is also enough to draw any reader in. Also, I can't help but wonder if Ms. Mafi may be going against the grain with this one.

We shall see.

~My Rating~

~About the Author~

Tahereh Mafi is a girl. She writes books and reads books and drinks way too much coffee.

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