Sunday, January 1, 2012 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Title: Shatter Me
Author: Taherah Mafi
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: November 2011
Genre: YA
Main Themes: Superhuman Powers, Romance, Captivity, Military, & Death
Pages: 342
Plot: (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.

There is a lot of hype over this book, so I thought I should check it out because I have heard many great things.  I found that it is all well deserved because this book was amazing!  Shatter Me was astoundingly mind-blowing, startling merciless, and maliciously vindictive!  I fell in love with this novel, for it is a remarkable story and it is beautifully written. 

Tahereh Mafi writing is poetic and lyrical.  She does it so well that the words almost flow right off the page.  The imagery she captures is astonishing!  It literally paints a picture in your head that moves with the story.  The ways she portrays her characters, she makes you feel as if you are living the role of Juliette.  It is an incredible feat to accomplish and I’m so glad I read and experienced it. 

Many people find that this story is like The Hunger Games but with an X-Men twist.  I honestly have to agree with that.  As weird as it may sound that is a great way to described it.  It has the dystopian feel and many dangerous life or death choices, like The Hunger Games.  Juliette’s superhuman powers are actually a lot like Rogue’s from X-men. 

Juliette is a very interesting character, from the moment I opened the book I realize that the poor girl has been held captive in solitary confinement for close to a year.  So immediately you understand the way she thinks and talks.  As you unravel the rest of her history you find that even though she has been treated like a monster her whole life; she is really compassionate, very strong willed, fiercely persevering.  Her cellmate, Adam, is amazing supportive and caring; you can’t help but fall for him throughout the tale. 

I honored this marvelous book and gave it an A+, as it was as touching as it was ruthless.  I would strongly suggest giving this inspiring novel a read.  I have yet to find out when the second novel to this series is going to be released but I will be on the lookout for it!

My Rating: 20/20
Originality: 5
Plot: 5
Characters: 5
Writing Style: 5


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