Sunday, December 4, 2011

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

HarperTeen Description: ""You can't touch me," I whisper.

I'm lying, is what I don't tell him.

He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him.

But things happen when people touch me.

Strange things.

Bad things.

No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.

But Juliette has plans of her own.

After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever."

My Review: A more-than-mediocre debut, in my opinion. I wouldn't say that it was the BEST book ever, but as far as dystopian books go, it wasn't bad. I found it very similar to Wither by Lauren DeStefano. Both featured girls who live in a dystopian book and get locked up into a house and try to escape with someone who serves them at the house. And both don't really build the dystopian world. But hopefully, in the next book, there will be much more world-building and explaining of what The Reestablishment is, and what their master plan is. Mafi's writing wasn't BEAUTIFUL per se, but it was very creative and it conveyed Juliette's feelings and emotions and thoughts very well. The crossed out lines were very interesting because they showed Juliette's deeper thoughts, the ones she was afraid to tell even us. I really like the crossed out lines, I thought they were unique, although a lot of people hated them. There wasn't much character building of secondary characters such as Kenji and Adam's little brother, but the three main characters: Juliette, Adam, and Warner were explained pretty well. I wanted to know a lot more about Warner; hopefully we haven't seen the last of him! And as for people saying this book was like X-Men---I just didn't see it. Sure, she has some powers, but that's about it. Everything else is pure dystopia. All in all, I'll be happy to read the next book.

Cover: Definitely not a fan of this cover. It looked pretty at FIRST, but when I looked closely, it wasn't much. The girl looked evil or like she had tons of plastic surgery or something---not at ALL like I pictured Juliette (who I saw as kind of slender and delicate...). Anyway---not such a nice cover.

Overall Grade: B-


  1. I so agree with your review! I think the writing is beautiful but it can be so confusing sometimes. I guess I just prefer writing which follows grammar policy lol.
    Great review! Followed you back. :)

    1. Thank you! And yes, the writing WAS beautiful, but I disliked the lack of commas. (Yes, i am a grammar and punctuation nazi haha).