Saturday, November 24, 2012

Book Review- Shatter Me

I just finished reading Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.

From Goodreads:

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 had read lots of good reviews about this book so I was excited to get a chance to read it. 

I do have to admit that the writing took a little getting used to.  There is a lot of Juliette's thoughts that are crossed out (its all part of the story) and a lot of the writing is poetic in nature.  At first it was just distracting.  But as I got used to it, I actually enjoyed that part and looked forward to it.

I really liked Juliette.  She was such a sympathetic character.  All she wanted was to be loved and to be able to touch and be touched.  She had such a good heart, even with everything that she was put through.  She could easily have become hard and cold-hearted but she never did.

And Adam.  I couldnt decide if he was a good guy or not.  I kept going back and forth between the idea that he really did love her and had been searching for her the whole time and the idea that he was just saying those things and was using her.

There was definitely a big twist at the end that I didn't see coming.  And it makes me so excited to read the next book in the series, Unravel Me.  I have so many questions that I hope are answered in the next book. Where did Juliette get her power? Why are a couple of people immune to it? And other questions that I don't want to list so I don't give the story away!  Luckily, I have the book coming to me soon for a blog tour. 

I gave this book a rating of 4/5.

This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2012 Reading Challenge 150+: 84

2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 73

*FTC Disclosure: I traded this book with a friend.

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