Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi


“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 as The 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.”


Hypnotising. Intriguing. Poetic. Enchanting. Enthralling. Compelling. These are the words I’d use to describe Shatter Me.

I came into Shatter Me with high expectations. I’d heard awesome things about it, and frankly, it sounded really awesome. I wasn’t disappointed.

Shatter Me is about a girl called Juliette who has been locked in a mental institution for nearly a year due to her morbid ability to be lethal to anyone she touches. I should probably warn you that there’s romance twisted into it as well.

What can I say about Shatter Me? The writing is probably one of the most memorable and lyrical I have read this year. While it sometimes seems Mafi gets dragged away with metaphors and imagery, there is something chilling in the way it’s written. It really gets inside your head.

The plot itself is fast paced, and thrilling. It never bores you. Something is always there to tamper with your emotions and keep you reading to the next chapter.

All the characters speak clearly in this novel. As I said before, Juliette’s voice really gets to you. It’s completely poignant and relatable. I just got her straight away. Adam is possible one of the greatest love interests of all time, as is Warner who is easily one of the most awesome psychotic villains out there. I can’t wait to learn more about him and Kenji in the next books.

You cannot leave the story of Shatter Me without it affecting you, and is easily one of the highlights of this year’s debut novels. Chilling, electrifying, and incredibly unforgettable, it’ll leave you gasping for more.

Pages: 338
Publication Date: November 15th 2011
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Challenge: n/a
Rating: [rating:4.5]

Teaser Quote: “Hope is hugging me, holding me in its arms, wiping away my tears and telling me that today and tomorrow and two days from now I will be just fine and I’m so delirious I actually dare to believe it.”

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