Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi
Published November 15th, 2011 by Harper Collins
Genres YA, Dystopian, YA Fantasy
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 follow me on any of my social media accounts or read my April wrap up, you may have heard me talking about how I was in a bit of a book slump. My pregnant brain just couldn’t seem to focus on any of the fiction I tried to read. I rearranged my bookshelves while cleaning out some books last week and decided to finally pick up Shatter Me, the first book in the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. And I am so glad I did as it was exactly what I needed to read. I love dystopian and I love YA fantasy and it was the perfect combination of the two genres. I didn’t really know much about the series going into, beyond reading the synopsis and the fact that everyone seems to love the series. I really like Juliette’s character and her story; it is unique to any other story I have read. And without giving any of the plot away, there were definitely little plot twists that I didn’t see coming. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but characters later in the book, such as Adam and Warner, I also found to be really interesting and the story actually went in a different way than I expected. I am really interested to read the next novella and book to see where the story goes from here. If you haven’t read this series and are a fan of dystopian and YA fantasy, definitely give it a read!
Side note, the author wrote this book in a fairly unique way and it did take me a few chapters to get used to it. After a few chapters, it sounded like the perfect way that Juliette would think, so just give it a few chapters.