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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.
Caution: Slight spoilers may be revealed in this review.
If Shatter Me was a meal it would be a delicious appetizer: exquisite and full of potential but unsatisfying since I'm left a lot hungry for more. Shatter Me is a great novel, and I honestly wished I could have liked it more but there were a bit too many issues for me.
One would be that I found it hard to connect with Juliette in this novel. She's a mess of things and didn't develop so much in this book. The majority of the time I found her just whining and complaining, which is completely understandable, but she did it up to the point where it was absolutely ridiculous. She puts up this innocent, scared front because of all those horrible years in her childhood but doesn't take the step to stop being afraid and take on the world.
Another would be her relationship with Adam. She's known the guy for many years from her childhood, silently admiring him for his courage and bravery, but they never even talked to each other! Is it really possible to say, "I love you", to someone you've never had a conversation with? I'm not saying they obviously just like each other when it's not that situation, but I would save those words for someone after you've built a deeper relationship and had more experiences with them.
Adam in his own right is an adorable character but I found it somewhat challenging to actually fall for him. He's protective and sweet towards Juliette, especially gentle...and that's pretty much everything. Not that those qualities aren't to die for, I'm just used to seeing more complex male love interests even if they were "good" or "bad" boys.
And last but not least, this quote, this bad boy right here: "In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents...a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men." It should be changed to "a superhero story that contains very similar elements to The X-Men." It was all too much for me when
I did however enjoy some things. I loved the writing. At first it was a bit hard to get used to, but after a while, I was mesmerized by its gorgeousness! Honestly, I felt there was way too much metaphors and it distracted me from the whole big picture. It's an interesting writing style, and I look forward to seeing it in the next book.
I also really loved Warner and Kenji! Warner has more to him than what meets the eye and I'm determined to find out. He seems like a deliciously twisted character that I would love to unravel, especially after that scene with Juliette in the classroom. It was just...amazing. I loved it. I also enjoyed reading about Kenji. He's got a great sense of humor and where he tries to use his charms to "win over" Juliette's heart, he's already won mine over. ♥ (Cheesy, I know.)
In all, Shatter Me is a promising debut with lovely writing and a fast-paced plot. I devoured this baby in about a day or two and I really enjoyed the whole ride. If my issues and problems are resolved in the future books (which I most definitely will be keeping an eye out for), I could see myself absolutely raving and loving this series.
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