Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Published : October 2, 2012
“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.”
I was super excited to begin reading this book. I’ve heard so many great things about it and it totally lived up to it in my eyes. I loved all the characters and all the kind of gut feelings and guessing about what was going on.
I think Mafi wrote this well enough that it just sucked me in and had me running to get through it from the beginning, with only the thought of having to read the second book right away in mind. I wasn’t annoyed with Juliette as I would be with a lot of female protagonists in books like these which was refreshing to me. And I think it was because of Mafi’s GREAT writing style. The voice she gave Juliette was great and all of her writing was completely poetic. Although i DID listen to the second half of this book on audio, I don’t regret it. It gave Juliet more of a voice and I could envision her a lot better than I could while simply reading.
And I think the fact that none of these characters are so perfect makes it a lot more relatable. All the characters have great strengths and big weaknesses that work alongside the strength. Overall, this book was great. Something that really fed into my interests and kept me going and hungry for more!