Book Review- Shatter Me

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Published by Harper on November 15, 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance
Pages: 338
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I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

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.

Shatter Me was not my favorite book by a long shot. Firstly, the way the book is written got on my nerves. A lot of the text is crossed out (like this). I get how the effect is supposed to work, but it felt unnecessary and a little over the top. Also, repetition is used frequently. It got irritating after a while. It would make sense if a few things were repeated to make the effect greater, but it felt like every fifth word was repeated repeated repeated over and over and over.

As for the actual content of the book, it felt like a mix between X-Men and Divergent, if you take out all the cool action and add it a bunch of uncomfortably desperate romance. Juliette could not stop talking about Adam; how she wanted to touch him and hold him and kiss him and so on. Everything was SOOOO intense (catch the sarcasm there?) and honestly a bit cliché.

The story line of the book was the only original thing there was. I have to say that if the romance and self-pity and desperation were toned back a bit (a lot), I would have really liked the story. As far as twists go, Shatter me had quite a few good ones.

I’m going to give Shatter Me two out of five hearts.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review- Shatter Me

  1. I’ve seen this book around and haven’t had much desire to pick it up. After reading your review, I’m pretty sure I’ve made the right decision. Thanks for sharing!

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