Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi

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10429045Juliette 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’m warning you guys now that I have a lot to say about Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Shatter Me is about a seventeen-year-old girl, Juliette, who has been locked up in a mental ward for 264 days. She has this unique power where if she touches anyone she can kill them. When she was fourteen-years-old she accidently killed someone with her powers, which resulted in her being sent away from the human society.

After 264 days of never touching a single living thing, something strange happens. Juliette gets a cellmate. And not just any cellmate, but a male cellmate. Juliette swears that this boy is someone that she used to know. Someone that she secretly used to care about. But after showing him the ropes for over a month, Juliette learns of a betrayal that will cut her deep.

Before she knows what’s happening, Juliette is uprooted from her cell and sent to live in lush quarters with a psychopath named Warner. Warner seems to know all about Juliette’s powers, and he wants to use them to his advantage. He wants to use Juliette as a killing machine. But Juliette has no desire to play the part of Warner’s weapon, and she will do anything within her power to get out of his grasp.

 

I had a problem getting into Shatter Me because the writing is so different than anything else that I’m used to. It probably took me around eight to nine chapters to fully get into the story, but once I did I fell head over heels in love. Tahereh Mafi has such a unique and poetic writing style. I’ve never ran across an author who can tug at my heart strings in the way that Tahereh did. I wanted to jump into the pages and soak up the words she created.

Although I loved Tahereh’s writing, I did have a few problems with it. I couldn’t stand the repetitive words or the scratched out words. I understand why she was doing it, but it drove me nuts and it lasted the. entire. book. It did take turn me off from the story a little bit, but fortunately the rest of the story was so amazing that it made up for it.

Juliette’s character kept switching from positive to negative in my eyes. I didn’t like how she was made to come across as nuts, but I also accepted that it was necessary considering that she had been in isolation for almost a year. I also had a problem with how weak she was in the beginning. I had to change my opinion on the weakness, though, because I finally accepted that Juliette wasn’t weak at all. She was strong. I tend to want my female characters to just jump into action and kick everyones butt, and it’s hard for my to acknowledge sometimes that that’s just not realistic.

I’m having such a problem choosing a team. There’s Warner, who I fell in love with immediately. Of course, this makes me seem like a freak since Warner is a dominant, abusive, very psycho male character. I did get turned off from Warner about halfway through because his freakish tendencies reached a peak. I didn’t stray back to Warner at any other point in the book, but I also didn’t stray to Adam.

I liked Adam’s character, but I never once fell in love with his character. He’s the good guy, and I just always tend to stray toward the bad guy in stories. I want to make myself like Adam, because we all know that Tahereh is going to make him and Juliette end up together at the end of the series, but I’m just not feeling it.

So I’m at a point where I’m not in love with either of the main male characters, and it’s really messing up my mind. I require hot boys in my books, and I’m just not overly impressed at this point. I have heard from several different people that Warner’s novella, Destory Me, will bring out a whole other side of him. I have downloaded the copy, and I will be reading it asap, so hopefully that’s true and I can just pick a side!

I have to split the book in half, because I loved the first half of the book a hell of a lot more than I liked the second half of the book. I think this is because Adam is a dominant factor in the second half of the book, and he’s just not my favorite character. I definitely thought that the first half of the book was a lot more entertaining and interesting than the second half.

This book brings up so many heavy topics that I just want to discuss with every single person I meet. So many people love this series, and I ask myself….do they really pay attention to some of the things that are going on? Don’t get me wrong, I love the book, too! But a lot of the subjects mentioned should be talked about.

Abuse is a major part of this book. I felt that Juliette was abused in one form or another clear until the end of the book. There’s Warner who’s allowing her to be beat up, and she’s being starved in the mental ward, and being stripped naked in the sanctuary. Her life is constantly being threatened, and it is always by men. Men are the dominants in this book and that’s something that really is concerning in books and in real life.

I went back and forth, back and forth, back and forth over these topics because they really upset me. But at the same time, I really did like the book and Tahereh’s writing style. I’m trying to tell myself that sometimes these subjects are necessary to have in books. They get people thinking (hopefully) and they create cause for discussion. But I’m worried that people read about these subjects in books and don’t realize how wrong those things really are.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I had a blast reading it, and I finished it in less than 24 hours. Shatter Me and Unravel Me are both out in bookstores, and I would encourage each and every one of you to go read them.

 

Pages: 338

Publication Date: November 15th, 2011

Publisher: Harper

Source: Library

Rating: [rating: 4]

 

Teaser Quote: “You’re naked?” Kenji is suddenly studying my sheet and not bothering to be subtle about it.I flush despite my best efforts, flustered, frustrated. “Blondie said they destroyed my clothes.” “Blondie?” Blond man is offended.” 

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