One word: RIVETING. I am so happy that I signed up at Pinoy Book Tours to participate in reviewing this book. I genuinely love Shatter Me, like every bit of it. It completely blew me away! I’m having a hard time believing that this is Tahereh Mafi’s debut novel because it’s absolutely astounding in so many levels!
For one, Mafi is a brilliant writer. I devoured each page of this enthralling, page-turner of a book! Mafi’s captivating and eloquent way of story-telling is unbelievably convincing and so beautiful so beautiful so beautiful. Her unique and almost resounding way of writing is one of main reason why I got hooked up with the story instantly. She gave her readers a great access on Juliette’s thoughts and emotions, almost as if I was standing in her shoes.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Publication date: November 15, 2011
Published by: HarperCollins
Source: Pinoy Book Tours
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.
One of the main reasons why I absolutely love this book is because the characters are splendidly and effectively written. Wow. I honestly enjoyed them all but my favorite character in the book is definitely the protagonist herself.
Juliette is an amazing character in every sense of the word. Seeing her transform from a timid, unsure and emotionally battered girl to a strong-willed and independent and confident fighter was such a pleasant thing. I loved that she stick to her own morals despite how cruel the people towards her. I love that despite she has a beautiful heart, she also uses her head in making decisions. She’s just the right amount of everything. And then there’s Adam. He came in the story like a riddle that is quite hard to crack. Like Juliette, he got me thinking, at the first couple of chapters, what his real agenda is. While he’s an astute, determined character with unwavering courage, he’s got an amazing heart that can see right through you, he’s so genuine and just incredibly charming it’s impossible not to fall head over heels on him!
Juliette’s relationship with Adam was another reason. Their romance was intense and tender at the same time. They got my head spinning (in a good way) and gave me lots of palpitations. I love how they genuinely care and love each other, in a way that some people around them will never understand.
The plot of the story was filled with twists and surprises here and there, the action and suspense was so consuming. The world Mafi has set this story in was remarkably compelling and terrifying at the same, it’s an incredible combination of dystopia, sci-fi and paranormal. Mafi nailed all of the three of them!
Shatter Me is, unquestionably, one of the best I’ve read this year and I know I’ll be thinking about it for next couple of few weeks. I definitely recommend this to EVERYONE. I want everyone to feel that lingering thrill Shatter Me has put on me.
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