Monday, January 2, 2012

Review: Shatter Me

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi 
Published by Harper Teen
Genre: YA
$16.99 (US hardback)
338 pages

What it's about:
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 thoughts:
Everyone was ranting and raving about how fantastic this book is and I had to know why. My curiosity was driving me crazy until I found out what everyone was talking about.

While I'm not going to be preaching about how fantastic this book is, it was still entertaining and I'm glad that I read it.

I think I know why everyone loved it though and I can sum it up in one word: Adam. Adam is the super hott, extremely sweet, boy next door who just happens to save Juliette over and over and over. He was honestly the only part of the story that I actually liked.

I had a few issues with this book however. The writing style drove me a little crazy. I couldn't handle how many similes and metaphors there were. The descriptions were endless and then don't even get me started on all the lined through, then corrected sentences. Then there was Juliette. I was not a fan of Juliette for the most part. She wasn't horrible, but she was just sort of blah. I would have liked her to have more depth. I actually would have liked to see everyone have more depth. I wanted more background on what in the world happened to the world.

So while I'm glad I read it and was entertained by it, I'm also really glad that I did not pay for this book, instead I borrowed it from my library.

My rating: 7/10


  1. I'm not sure if I will pick this one up. I too dislike long descriptions and Juliette doesn't sound like my kind of character... I'll have to see if I can get it from my library. Thanks for the review!

  2. I absolutely loved this book. The ending kind of disappointed me but other than that a great debut novel. Great review.


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