By Tahereh Mafi
Shatter Me – Book 1
Available 14 November 2011
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.
This Blonde’s Review:
Juliette has been living in a cell without contact with other people. She has been alone for almost a year, until suddenly her world is changed when a boy is put into her cell with her. This is the beginning of more changes than Juliette could have dreamed of.
I didn’t care for the writing style, all of the crossed out words drove me a little crazy. The crossed out words were a great way to illustrate how unsure of herself Juliette is, it shows us what she wanted to say compared to what she felt she should say.
The romance in this story felt a little forced to me as well. It felt like it sprang up suddenly, and even with the back story that was added later it didn’t ring true to me. The author made us unsure if we should trust Adam or not, but it’s also clear that we’re supposed to want to. Clearly, a romance for Juliette would be difficult since she can’t touch anyone, yet by the end of the book there is more than one person who can touch her. It seems very convenient but I am intrigued by what could grant the other characters, including her love, immunity from her power.
I mostly felt that this story was here to give us insight into Juliette and build us up for the second book. There were so many things that I felt were a little too easy, but those things could be forgiven if the second book in this series comes out strong with a better picture of who our characters are.
The idea is great, a girl who can do such harm but is described as one of the most caring people you’d meet. How she could be used by either side, and what she’d going to do. IF she’ll continue to live her life the way others demand or if she’ll make her life into her own. I love that she has to learn who she really is instead of what she’s been told. Juliette has to find her strength and learn that she is much more than she’s been taught. I love that, so I’m really hoping the second book in this series will make me feel more for her and the other characters in this one.
I’m going to wait for the second book before I pass judgement on the series, but this one was a letdown for me.