Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
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.
Everyone on bookstagram loved this book, so I felt like I needed to read it asap and figure out what the hype was about. It definitely was an interesting book. The writing took me a while to get used it, and it was really annoying in the first few chapters. But I feel like in the middle-ish it got much better and detailed. Tahereh Mafi’s writing style is unique, but not for everyone. It put me off the first few times I tried to read the book, the strike-through sentences were just not working for me. The book as written in a way that the readers are in the mind of Juliette, so we know exactly what she’s thinking and what she wants to think. You experience what she is experiencing.
The characters were really interesting, but the storyline was giving me some mixed The Host and X-Men vibes. A girl, her boyfriend, and a younger brother on the run? I didn’t even realize that I had started imagining Juliette and Adam as Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons. But there were so many similarities to X-Men as well. People with different powers, an organization that takes care of them and helps them learn about and control their abilities? Sounds a whole lot like Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. The world is something I want to read more about. This book definitely left me asking a lot of questions that I hope the next books answer.
Mainly I want to continue the series just so I could figure out why everyone on bookstagram is obsessed with Warner. I mean, he’s a major asshole in this book and extremely manipulative, so why is everyone not hating him like y’all hate Tamlin? Warner has definitely done some shit worse than Tamlin. But bare with me, once I read the other books maybe I’ll change my opinion? Who knows. I want to know more about him and his backstory, and why he has so much power (and obsession) at the age of 19. He seems like a really interesting character although at times in the book I thought he was going crazy instead of Juliette.
Overall, I have kind of mixed feelings about this book. It’s definitely unique in its own way. But it was sometimes really predictable which again put me off from wanting to continue. I want to continue the series just because I have so many questions that I want answers to. You should check this book out if you’re into reading about characters with powers or magical abilities!