Saturday, March 10, 2012

Review of "Shatter Me" by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: won in a giveaway
Genre:  YA dystopian

Description from Goodreads: 
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. 

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting asThe Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel

Beka's Thoughts:  Shatter Me is a very interesting book that deals with a different style of dystopian than I've seen before.  The world has been destroyed by mankind's hands and every where you see people are dying. A mist all that the government is trying to maintain their authority and squash down all the rebellions rising up.  Nobody has time to pay attention to Juliette Ferrars who has some problems of her own.  She's been locked up for a murder she didn't mean to commit and hasn't spoken to anybody for almost a year.  Every one hates her, but they all fear her.  Juliette's touch is fatal, a brush against her skin is torture. She has no idea why that is and all she can do is hate herself for it.  
       But that all changes when there's a surprising announcement that Juliette is getting a room mate.  Her all ready twisted life ties itself in a knot of love, murder, revenge, and survival all while being pursued for the curse she never wanted in the first place. The problem is not escaping, but staying alive after fleeing.     
     The book was very interesting and had many plots inside of plots.  It was very entertaining to read and kept me going.  I only had three problems with the story.  The first:  The author really really doesn't like complete sentences. Over three quarters of the book are fragment sentence, and while it gives it character, some times too much, is actually too much.  The second:  There is a lot of profanity.  If you have a problem with swearing and inappropriate speech, then this book really isn't for you.  The third:  Sometimes the couple gets a little to intimate.  There is a ton of making out in this book, but always before things can get carried to far, someone walks into the room on them. Which, I have to admit, I found pretty funny.  All in all it was a very good book and I would recommend it to 14 years old and up.


  1. Thanks for the review. I absolutely LOVED this book. I know the writing bugged some people but I kind of liked how different it was. juliette is pretty awesome too.

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