Book Review: Shatter Me

Title: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Rating: 5 0f 5 Stars

Synopsis: 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.

I should start by saying that I really enjoyed this book.

Characters:

  • Juliette is strong but not even she understands her strength. What I enjoyed most about her character is how she sticks to her morals. How no one can buy or sweet talk her into going against them.
  • Adam plays her love interest. I had mixed feels about him until about half way through the book. I wasn’t sure if he could be trusted and until it was decided, I was hot and cold with him.
  • Finally there is Warner. Warner was undoubtedly my favorite character. I’m not usually the type to go for the evil guy… but there is just something about him. He comes off as calculating, cold, selfish, uncaring and just pure evil. However, there’s also another side to him that just warmed my heart. As terrible as he seems, he is also sincere, gentle, caring, and protective. I found his redeeming quality to be how much he wants to love and be loved. So you can feel free to call me crazy or a masochist but as much as I like Adam, I want Juliette to give Warner a chance (despite his evil tendencies…)

Clearly there are many other great characters but these are the main three. Something else I liked about Mafi is how she doesn’t waste our time introducing unnecessary characters every character serves a purpose.

Writing Style:

“His eyes scan the silhouette of my structure and the slow motion makes my heart race. I catch the rose petals as they fall from my checks, as they float around the frame of my body, as they cover me in something that feels like the absence of courage.”

I found Mafi’s writing style to be poetic and beautiful. I was in awe and captivated with her use of words. The words she uses to paint imagery were unlike anything I have ever encountered. (Maybe I need to read more… LOL) She has a beautiful way of expressing herself and it is one of my biggest attractions to this book.

Overall, it’s a great read. It is fast paced, romantic, exciting and always unpredictable. I truly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to its sequels. This is a book I truly recommend.

P.S. If you are wondering why I posted that particular cover it is bacause the image for the Shatter Me series has been redesigned. For more information check out Tahereh Mafi’s blog.

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4 thoughts on “Book Review: Shatter Me

  1. I read you review, I didn’t think it sounded nerdy at all. You actually convinced and made me very interested in reading this book. I like that you did give away too much information. This is a great review.

  2. Great review; makes me want to read it. I like the cover too. — I always wonder when someone really seems to like a book, like you did this one, why they still sometimes hold back a star. Sometimes a reviewer says why and then I’m like, “Oh, yeah, okay. That makes sense.” Without the explanation I’m left wondering … as if there’s something wrong with the book but the reviewer forgot to say what it was. So in the case of this book, why 4 stars and not 5? I’m just curious. šŸ™‚

    And by the way, I love when the bad guy becomes the attractive guy and you root for him to get the girl. I must be a masochist too. But that’s what happened in the Sookie Stackhouse books with Eric and I loved it.

    • Thank you very much Elle! That is a great question. For me, the difference between a four and five star rating are usually very small subtle details. Details that make the book great but is missing that special umph to make it amazing. The books a tend to give five stars to are the books that stay with me long after reading. Books that call to me and I want to re-read. They tend to be books that I fall in love with.

      Also, thank you for pointing out the fact that I only gave it four stars. I originally planned on giving it five and am not sure how that translated to me giving it four stars. It seems I wasn’t doing the book justice and have corrected that.

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