Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Source: Purchased
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: November 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover, 346 pages

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.

Dear Shatter Me,

Let's go ring shopping.

I am so blown away by the fantastic story you contain. I want to gather your characters in a hug, explore your world with a magnifying glass and paint your words on my walls. The story is fresh and exciting, leaving you wanting more more more.

Juliette has spent the past 264 days in complete isolation. All of her life, she has been denied the touch of a human being except for that one time and she can't stand it accepts that's how it needs to be. What gets me is that Juliette has every reason to be a vengeful, hate-filled killing machine. Instead, she is compassionate and generous. In addition to this, she is so strong. Juliette is my new favourite heroine. I want her to be my new best friend, too.

Of course, then there's Adam (picture ten or so hearts after his name, every time). Adam who believes that Juliette can shine and does everything he can to help her do so. He is lovely - smart and brave and honest. But... there's also Warner, who I am a little annoyed to like (just a little!). At times, I feel like I should give him a bit of leeway with the way he is, because he is most definitely a product of his environment. Then I look at Juliette though, and seeing the goodness of her makes me that much more unforgiving.

Shatter Me, your futuristic setting is bleak and dangerous, no doubt about it. The rich and powerful take what they want for themselves and leave scraps for the rest. Society is run with an iron fist and terror is always brimming under the surface. Through all of this though, there is that underlying feeling of hope. New possibilities were definitely introduced and I can't wait to see where they take off in the next book!

Now, I can't help but mention the way your story was written. Tahereh Mafi, I want to hug you and absorb your talent. The English student in me kind of wanted to pull out my different coloured highlighters to pick out all of the literary devices (ahoy there, metaphors!). The writing is effortless and captivating, with such a distinct style.

One of my new favourites.




  1. LOVED this letter and I whole heartedly agree. One of the best books I've read this year (#2 actually). The writing style was different, the story was brilliant and the characters were captivating. And don't worry, I kind of worry myself that I'm slightly attracted to Warner. Actually, a little more than slightly but ssssh, let's pretend I didn't say that. Cause really, Adam is soooooo swoon worthy. In fact, I've swooned many of times when talking about him. Tahereh Mafi is brilliant, not to mention super sweet & entertaining.

  2. I most definitely agree with you! Shatter Me blew my mind. I was reading it and thinking that the writing was the most beautiful writing I had ever read. And Adam is my true love, although I'm kinda leaning towards Warner too.... I know, I know! But he's lovable in a weird psycho way, lol.

  3. *duplicates love letter x100* YES. YES. YES. YES. AND YESYESYES. I so love how you've written your review, the love letter idea is perfect and so, so fitting for this book because it's just so freeking amazing and I think we all had an intense love affair while reading!

    ADAM!!! My heart. Melting. Puddle. Gooey. Dead.

    Warner.... damnit. I am so intrigued by him. And repulsed at times. And then fascinated. And GAH *pulls at hair*

    Every time I read a new review for this, I want to run to my room, grab my copy and not resurface until I'm finished. I cannot WAIT to see what Tahereh has planned next, especially given how things ended. SO happy you loved this!! Brilliant post <3

  4. DUDE I FINISHED IT A FEW DAYS AGO OMG. Your letter basically just emphasises EXACTLY HOW I FEEL. Juliette is supercool. And Warner, that guy. I WANT TO KNOW MORE. But I don't really (I lie, I so, so do). And Adam ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥.Ahem. So yeah, great review and stuff...:D

  5. Clearly this book elicits the BEST responses ever. I LOVE ALL YOUR COMMENTS!

    *copies Liz's hearts*

  6. Great review as always! I loved this book and Adam . . . oh Adam. *blinks eyes while daydreaming about him*

  7. such an enthusiastic review, I'm so glad I already own this or I'd be tearing my hair out wishing I had a copy after reading what you thought of it. I really need to read it!! Gotta read a review book or two first to justify it.

    The Cait Files

  8. What a unique and fitting way to write a review for a book you loved so much :)

  9. Erin: Oh... what was that you said? Sorry, I was busy with MY ADAM.

    Cait: Read it! Read it! Read it! Haha, I totally get that need :P I'm like, 'one more and then you can finally read Unearthly. ONE MORE.'

    The Book Girl: Thanks! :)