Title: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Genre: Paranormal YA
I have a curse
I have a gift
I am a monster I’m more than human My touch is lethal My touch is power
I am their weapon I will fight back
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.
I bought this series forever ago and have lent it to dozens of people before I actually decided to pick it up and read it myself. Why you ask? No idea. Sometimes I buy things with every intention of reading them, super excited about them, and then they fall off my radar until in a fit I decide it’s time. I bought several books recently that I had been dying to read and have not even touched them, so the fact that it sometimes takes me forever to read something is in no way a testament to it being good or bad–basically I’m just fickle. Anyway, enough about me, onto the book.
What I liked: The story was very original. Yes, it has some typical YA tropes. Sad creepy girl, society is in the gutter, a love (?) triangle, but I found the way these cliches were explored and expanded made them original. The love triangle, well it’s not two hot guys vying for a girl. More like, two guys, both kinda shady vying for a girl who is only interested in one. I called this my stalker triangle. It’s refreshing when the female character isn’t afraid to use a gun rather than be victimized. You go girl. Speaking of our beloved triangle. Everyone is shady. I LOVE IT. I skimmed the book trying to find out who to invest my emotion in and found no easy answer, then when I read it I continued to have “he’s shady” moments. Shady stuff is happening and I don’t know what it is, which makes me all the more invested. Perhaps, my favorite part was a small one that no one but me really cares about, but yes, way for our love interest to have a kid brother. I like the tension that brings to this story. It’s not just Juliette and Adam fighting to survive, because now you have a ten year old in the mix, and ten year old’s are hard to deal with even when life/death circumstances are not involved.
What I didn’t like: The bat suit situation. Very, very corny to me. The strike out text is interesting but sometimes I felt like it slowed my reading. And frankly, Juliette is not my favorite character. Using her feminine wiles to gun Warner was awesome, so hopefully I will see more of that in the next book.
Overall, it was interesting and I’m excited to see what happens. According to one of my students I should pay close attention to the bad guy who isn’t bad. She’s dying for me to finish so we can compare notes, and frankly if an eleven year old is that invested in a series you should maybe pick it up (kids are viciously honest) 4/5