Monday, June 11, 2012

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)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.

Shatter Me is stunning. I moderated a panel that Mafi was on, which is the main reason I decided to buy the book. I am so glad I decided to moderate that panel (because without it, I wouldn’t have read Shatter Me). Shatter me is a dystopian with a truly original idea. It’s impeccably written and completely unforgettable. The storyline by itself is eye-catching. It gets even better when you open the first page. The writing is partially in strike-through. If used correctly, strike-through writing can be incredibly beneficial to the story. It was used correctly in Shatter Me.

One of the best things about this book is the characters. Specifically the main character, Juliette. I am quite fond of her. The hand that Juliette’s been dealt is so harsh, I couldn’t imagine being in her place. For being locked up for nearly a year, she handles other people and situations pretty darn well. I think showing how she edits her thoughts added so much depth to Juliette, and enabled readers to feel more affection towards her. She’s a strong, well written, and interesting female lead.

Shatter Me is one of the best dystopian books I’ve read. It’s a fast read (I was able to read it in a few hours). It’s beautifully written and planned out. The story is great, as are the characters. You should really pick this book up. You won’t regret it.

FTC- Bought.

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