Hey, guys! I’m back, and this time, I’m reviewing Shatter Me by Tahera Mafi!
I’m sure you heard of this book before, and even if you didn’t, how can you not love this beautiful cover!
I thought I should read this before the TV show comes out, so I did, and here is what I thought about it!
I chose to review this for the 2016 TBR challenge, even though it’s not in the theme, but I didn’t have any book to read for the theme (favorite trope) because I don’t really have a trope that I read a lot; I just kind of read whatever. I hope that makes sense…
Publication Date: November 15th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Page Count: 338 pages
Series: Shatter Me trilogy (#1)
I have a curse
I have a gift
I am a monster
I’m more than human
My touch is lethal
My touch is power
I am their weapon
I will fight back
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.
If you’re in the book community, you know how popular this trilogy is (not to mention how beautiful the covers are). And as usual, I’m really late to the bandwagon, like really late.
I think I put off reading this book because it’s dystopian, and because it’s such a hyped up book (I usually get disappointed when I read hyped books, as you’ve seen in the past), but I picked it up and couldn’t put it down!
I flew through this book in 2 days, that’s how good it was!
My friend tried to read it a while ago but didn’t finish it. ‘It was so boring and emotional’ she said, but she couldn’t be more wrong!
The first couple chapters were kind of weird, not gonna lie, but when you get about 100 pages in, you get to really feel the book.
One thing that confused the shit out of me is everyone shipping Warner and Juliette when Warner is just a complete dick in this book. Adam, on the other hand! He’s the definition of best book boyfriend! Hot, confident, loving, sensitive but strong, ready to risk his life for Juliette!
Tahereh Mafi’s writing. I literally don’t have any words to describe how beautiful it is! There are no words to describe it! Just beauty, flawlessness and perfection! It’s like the writing equivalent of Andy Biersack!
She has this way of describing scenes in this vivid was that you just kind of feel that you’re in there ith the characters.
I know that some people got confused with the writing because she keeps repeating things and crossing things out, but I find that by doing that, she made her writing unique and distinguishable, but I also do see how it could be a bit confusing.
This is the kind of first book in the series that just captures me, almost like Cinder and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, so I will definitely be picking up the next 2 books and maybe even the novellas.
There is also a little ‘love triangle’ in this book, but I’m not sure I would call it that. It’s more like Juliette likes Adam, but Warner likes Juliette. Oops, she doesn’t like him back! Does that make sense? I don’t know…
Now for the character analysis part! I chose Juliette, Warner, Adam, Kenji, and James. Those are the important ones for now!
First off, we have Juliette Ferrars, our main character!
She was born with the power to kill with a single touch. Yes. A single touch to her skin and you’ll be drained of all the power in your body.
In the beginning of the book, she’s locked up in an asylum, afraid of her own self. Of what she’s become.
Her mental state is literally shit. She thinks she’s this monster. She pushes people away. She tries to adapt to this whole world without letting go of her morals, or the lack of them she has.
She hasn’t been touched in a long time. She doesn’t know what it feels like to be hugged or to feel a warmth around her. Until she knows that somebody can touch her. Somebody can touch her! What a coincidence! It can’t be… (That was only a mild spoiler)
She tries to push people away because she doesn’t think she’s worth their time. She doesn’t think that a monster like herself could be loved. And I think that in some way, we can all relate to her in some way.
Now, we have Warner, who is a part of the ‘love triangle’ in this book.
He’s been basically stalking Juliette for years and when he actually gets her, he literally imprisons her in this grand house and shit and tries to bribe her into loving him back, which doesn’t really work…
He’s a messed up person. Really. He needs power. He needs to be in control. That’s just his personality.
I think it has to do with his mom or something because we can tell that he’s very sensitive to the topic of his mother. But we never really get to know. It’s all very vague.
He’s kind of a prick in general. Juliette is clearly not interested, so I don’t know why he doesn’t get the point and just leave her alone. She literally tells him to go fuck off and rot in hell, but you know what he thinks? She totally digs me!
He kind of got on my nerves sometimes. Let’s just move on!
Now we have Adam! Oh, god, Adam! ADAM!!! UGH! I fucking love this guy! Hot, strong, selfless. All the amazing traits you want in a guy!
I was literally swooning over him half the book! It’s almost like Tahereh knew we would fall into this trap of hotness! Just AHHH!!
I don’t want to say anything more because I don’t want to spoil it for you, but there are a couple of things he’s hiding. Nothing to make you hate him, yet…
Now we have Kenji. You don’t get to see him till the last 20 chapters and at first, you’ll think that he’s a side character, but you’ll get to know why he’s one of the most important elements of the book!
Again, I feel like he’s a sensitive topic, if I say anything, I might spoil you… I DON’T KNOW HOW TO DO THIS WITHOUT SPOILING YOU!
You’re gonna have to excuse my shitty review skills…
James, again, will only appear in the second half of the book, but he is an important character. He’s Adam’s 10-year-old brother. That’s all you have to know for now.
I know I had to be very vague for the last 3, but yu need to understand that it’s really hard to say shit without saying the wrong thing.
I gave this book 5/5 stars on GoodReads!
Much love, Rawan …