Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Shatter Me: Book Review

Novel: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: November 15th, 2011
Publisher: Harper/Harper Collins

Format: ARC
Source: Gifted from Jess at Remarkable Reads
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. 
(Synopsis from Goodreads)

Willa's Rambles:
   I had been waiting to buy Shatter Me for a while, until one day, Jess, from Remarkable Reads sent me a copy of the ARC in the mail. I inhaled Shatter Me in a matter of hours, and I adored this debut!
   When we first meet Juliette, she is struggling to stay sane in a cell in an insane asylum, so when Adam is thrown into the cell with her, she is astonished the Reestablishment even let her be in the presence of another human being - especially since she kills people with her touch. She is battling with her own realizations, while the Reestablishment has decided they need her for battle. So does she say yes, and kill people, or does she fight for her sanity and her own morals?
   The entire novel we learn things about Juliette's touch, from the first time to the things Juliette begins to discover. I was fascinated by how her touch worked, and by the end of the novel, I'm still unsure about a couple of things, but I expect those will be explained in the sequel. I can't wait for the next installment and to accompany Juliette on her journey to discover herself.
   My favorite thing about this novel, though, was Mafi's writing. It was beautiful. The sentences she would throw out at random points blew my mind away. I've never read any young adult novel with more incredible writing.
   In Shatter Me Tahereh Mafi has crafted a world with a frightening reality and heart-pounding consequences that will keep readers up at night until they finish. A fantastic debut!

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