Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi
Published on November 15, 2011 by Harper
Series: Shatter Me, #1
Blurb: 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.
Favorite quote: “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.”
I avoided this book for a long, long time because of the other reviews I read. I saw people crying “insta!love” and I decided to never ever read it. But then last month I read the blurb for it, and I decided to give it a try anyway.
When I first started reading, I loved it. A girl (rejected by her parents, of course) is locked away because her touch can kill. That sounds like an awesome book, right?
Well, until you realize that the girl is totally weak.
It’s hard to sympathize with Juliette. If I had power like that in my fingertips, I’d sure as hell use it. But Juliette is terrified to use her power. Once you learn the reason behind her fear, you understand. But I still want to smack her. She’s been given this amazing power, but she won’t use it unless she’s forced to.
I’m not sure if insta!love is actually present in the book. It didn’t feel like insta!love to me at all, but other people feel differently. I can’t elaborate without spoiling things, though.
The world-building isn’t the best. We’re given most of the information at the beginning of the book, with a monologue from Juliette. However, the characters are solid and memorable.
So I didn’t love this book as much as I did when I first picked it up. But it’s decent, and I’ll be reading the next one.
I would recommend this book to dystopian fans.
Rating: 3 stars