Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi – Review

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Synopsis Logo

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 colour.

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.

My Rating Logo

4 star logo

X-Men Vibes, A Spectacular Plot, Incredibly Immersive & Addictive Page Turner.

My Thoughts

When I started reading Shatter Me I unwittingly thought it was a standalone! I didn’t want to start a new series but it seems I’ve got myself into a whole sticky uncontrollable mess, because this book is a gem!

Now at the start of the book the author explains that the crazy writing to begin with is Juliette’s mind going a bit haywire and NOT grammatical mistakes. I thought this was really interesting and quite clever. It gave me an insight into how Juliette was coping inside herself and opened up her emotional state which I really appreciated. I really got a feel for Juliette’s character this way and had a grasp on her story.

One of the things that drew me to the book was the phrase ‘a touch from her can kill’. Plots like this always intrigue me and instantly pull me into the story. I needed to find out why, why is one touch all it takes, how is it possible, WHAT IS THIS SORCERY?! The book doesn’t give you the answer right away and I just loved the mystery! I was so incredibly immersed in the story that I read 75% in just a few short hours. The time flew by and I was really sad to head off to bed! This is a real page turner.

I have to say I wasn’t too keen on the romance in this one. I am a full on lover of romance and really wanted to like it and fall in love myself, but this one was very instantaneous and a bit confusing to be honest. I felt betrayed by the guys initial actions and didn’t really know if I could trust him and why Juliette did? My feelings are very upended about him and I’m still unsure now. I know people like a bit of mystery but not for me, I’m a ‘I know you’re the good guy lover boy’ kinda gal.

There’s one thing I’m sure of and that is that Warner is a complete A-hole. I didn’t like him, didn’t like his weird agenda or his creepy affections for Juliette. Now it may be that there’s a twist with him, I don’t know, but either way he’s already been a creep so I don’t really care if he turns it around or not, I have no love for him. He’s a perfect baddy though.

A lovable character of mine was Kenji. He’s your typical lad on the surface, all banter and boisterous, but I think there’s something deeper there and I’d like it to be explored in the sequels.

I really enjoyed how the plot played out and ended up with a lot of my questions partially answered by the finale, which in my opinion was a spectacular cliffhanger and has me wanting more. I got definite X-Men vibes from this book and I absolutely loved it!

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*I’d like to thank Netgalley and Egmont Publishing for sending the book my way in return for an honest review*

I’m aware that the Shatter Me series is a few years old now, but there have never been UK editions. The global publication date for the final book Restore Me will be 6th March 2018 and Egmont will publish UK editions of Restore Me and the rest of the Shatter Me series simultaneously here in the UK. I really look forward to these editions and adding them to my already over stuffed shelves.

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