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Monday, November 7, 2011

Review: Shatter Me



Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #1
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Published: November 15th 2011
Source: Allen & Unwin for review

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.

This novel drove me insane and up the wall. It made me feel like jumping, screaming and crying in absolute joy! Shatter Me is most definitely one of the best books of 2011, if not ever. I was completely encompassed in Mafi's powerful imagery, her fierce characters and the earth-shattering romance. Shatter Me is a one-sitting read because you will not be able to pull your eyes away. It's just impossible.

The novel doesn't take time in the beginning to slowly educate readers about the dying society and Juliette's past. We're immediately thrown into the action, joining Juliette and her new cell mate, Adam, in an asylum. The world building is amazing and the facts build on in layers as the story unfolds, never burying us with too much information or being too brief. It's perfect.

Juliette has the ability to kill with skin to skin contact. Her parents think she's a monster and she's now been in her cell for 264 days by the order of the Reestablishment, which promises to better the world. Immediately, Adam makes a large impact on Juliette. She doesn't speak to him, she wants to speak to him, she avoids his touch, she's desperate for his touch, she doesn't want to know him, she knows him…Shatter Me is unique with its striked-out text, showing us what Juliette says and what she really thinks, means or wants to say. Another dimension is inserted into the novel and this method of writing is so so effective. As she comes out of her shell and blossom's under Adam's care, these strikes appear less and less, symbolising her growing freedom of speech around others. I love it!

Just when we're getting used to their stay in the cell, everything is turned upside down. Betrayals, secrets, revelations and plots….we're playing a whole different game. Warner, a nineteen year old soldier in control of an entire sector, wishes to use Juliette's power to torture. Let the action begin. Juliette is an amazingly fierce character, never wanting to do wrong and always wanting to do right. Her resilience is empowering and heart-warming, as is Adam's poorly masked affection for her. These two characters will take you on a breathtaking journey that you never ever want to end. There is so much substance behind their romance and its strength will surprise everyone. Factor in Adam's strange immunity to her touch of death and…you can see where this is going, right? Are you getting excited? Are you picturing the amazing things that happen in this book? Tears were actually brought to my eyes at their romance - genuine and beautiful is the only way to describe it, yet it's not good enough at all!

I have a feeling that if I go on, I'll blow your minds with my endless gushing. Never any dull moments. Fact. Powerful romance. Fact. Brilliant characterisation. Fact. Exciting and "OH MY GOD I NEED THE SEQUEL NOW" ending. Fact. An utterly speechless and mind-blown reader. Fact. You should read this book right now. Fact. My 5 star rating is actually a 50 in disguise. FACT.
How did this brilliant book rate on your list of "best books ever"? Was it pretty high up there? <3

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