SHATTER ME (Shatter Me #1)
by Tahereh Mafi
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.
The first sentence was perfect. It was all I needed to know this is my kind of book.
"I've been locked up for 264 days"
The writing is delightful. It has parts with some sort of poetic style and metaphors. Awesome.
The chapters were short. Always useful for the "one more chapter" excuse.
I liked how the author mingles what Juliette says with her thoughts and true feelings.
"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. Please touch me, is what I want to tell him.
But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad things. Dead things.
Personalities are well defined.
I liked that Juliette's personality is so moulded by the background with her parents. I enjoyed how much she changed through the story, first being so scared and sad, not being able to trust anyone and then becoming so confident and kick a**.
James is funny and cute. Benji is awesome, he made me giggle a lot.
Warner intrigues me, eventhough he is mean and cruel, there must be a redeemable quality in him.
Adam... he is nice, sweet and caring. I like him but something is missing.
I like the premise very much. It was such an entertaining and unique plot.
Thrilling. I was intrigued by the fact that Juliette knew Adam. I liked how that turned out.
The love story is sweet and sexy.
You can see it. I'm in love with every detail of it.
To sum up:
Definitely an outstanding first book for a series.
I have Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) in my shelves already so I'll be reviewing it soon.