Monday, January 23, 2012

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I'm astonished. Shatter Me has rendered me speechless. It has broken the boundaries of what I thought a book could do to the reader. It has driven me crazy for more of Tahereh Mafi's writing. 5 HUNDRED MILLION STARS!

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Published 11.15.11
Summary 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.

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.

Juliette is a heroine. There's no better way to say it. She's the perfect example of a character worth talking about. She can be feisty, brave and stubborn. But most of the time she's nice. She's always thinking about others and trying to help out. She takes their insults with grace, even though she's hurting inside. In the beginning, Juliette feels like she's a monster. She hates herself. Though throughout the story, she develops. She starts respecting herself.

I think Adam redefines the meaning of broken bad boy. Not only does he meet my expectations, he surpasses them! He is so loyal and caring. I was literally swooning throughout Shatter Me. He really loves Juliette and his brother. Plus he's broken. Adam has gone through so much throughout his life. It's not even funny how many deaths he's witnessed and how many bad memories he's had. Adam Kent is so on my crush list....

I really can't stop thinking about the villain, Warner. I am so horrified at his behavior and him in general. He's the type of guy everyone wants to know more about simply because he's the bad guy. He's a really sick, messed up, smart, shrewd type of guy. I am so flabbergasted (yes!) at how much he thinks he love Juliette. It is so sad....

This plot is more character-driven than action-driven, but it makes the book even better. I was so caught up in the story that I stayed up very late reading it. It has the perfect pace and layout. I would have never guessed that it was a debut! What a perfect plot!

Juliette has perfect prose. It's half poetic, half not and altogether a beautiful style of writing. It emotional, lush and totally addicting. It's definitely mind blowing and astounding. I'm half ready to reread it.

So in conclusion, Tahereh Mafi owns writing. There's no better way to state it.

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