Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

shatterme     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.

Okay, so another Dystopian. What can I say? I love them. Alright, this book didn’t immediately catch my attention. I read the synopsis and was like “It might be good but I’m not so sure.” Then I couldn’t really find anything else (GooglePlay is a very limited source), so I went back and bought the ebook on my cell phone. This book began just a little slowly but then everything just seemed happen very fast, a rock tumbling down a steep hill. What I really, absolutely, without-a-doubt loved was the fact that Ms. Mafi is so poetic when speaking through her main character. Nearly everything Juliette feels, sees, hears, or experiences is put into these little lyrical sentences that will enchant you and leave you riveted. As I mentioned in a previous post, I love a brilliant, tortured heroin. You know immediately of Juliette’s struggle and the internal torment the guilt of her power causes her.  She’s rebellious against the ones who want her as a weapon and a trophy. You also see the immense love for Adam, the one person who will go-and already has gone- to any lengths to keep others safe from harm. This book is a fast, non-stop thrill ride of trauma, love, and what it means to stay true to yourself, no matter who you are (or what you can do).

~C

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