Book title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Genre: Dystopian, Romance
Target Audience: Young Adult
I spent my life folded between the pages of books.
In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.
Why I chose this?
In all honesty, I wanted to read this series purely because the covers are so eye-catching (pardon the pun) and then once I read the summery and found it was similar/likened to the X-men I had to read them.
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.
What I thought
Within the first couple of pages, I was getting slightly annoyed at the almost constant strikeout of words. I’m still not quite convinced it was necessary but I got over it and finished it quickly as it was a really easy read.
Juliette as a character is quite interesting. She’s calm, she’s peaceful and given a choice she wouldn’t hurt a fly but to have this (for lack of a better word) infliction it must be heartbreaking for her. Especially given her background. I don’t care what her parents think but no parent should give up on their child 14 years down the line when a simple pair of latex gloves could have solved a lot of issues.
What I didn’t understand and I still don’t get it is how two men have fallen in love with her so easily. Yeah, Adam and Juliette went to school together but they never uttered one word to each other in 17 years and suddenly he’s declaring his love. Bit weird to me and also a bit sudden.
Warner was to me not someone in love but someone with an obsession which I’m wary about. He’s offering Juliette the world in exchange for being his companion or more like a partner in crime. Just because you have studied someone relentlessly doesn’t mean you know everything about them.
I am actually looking forward to the rest of the series as it seems promising but I have been duped before so we’ll see how it goes.
I’ve decided to give Shatter Me