Shatter Me

Shatter Me

Book rating: 04 Hardback Shatter Me

By (author) Tahereh Mafi

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 210mm x 29mm | 646g
  • Publication date: 15 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0062085484
  • ISBN 13: 9780062085481
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 28,266

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`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 on 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.

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By Kayla Beck 18 Mar 2013 2

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is probably one of the most beautifully written books that I have ever read. I also almost gave up on it completely after about 10% of it. Kate Simses, the narrator, was definitely Shatter Me's saving grace.

Since I listened to the audiobook, I think it changed the reading experience. (I cannot tell you if it was for better or worse.) For one, I missed out on the scratching out of phrases except for the brief ripping sounds in the audiobook. Honestly, I thought it was skipping at first. It was more annoying than effective. As for the flowery descriptiveness, I would have probably skimmed through most of that. Mafi used strings of similes and metaphors to say the simplest things. It was the most lovely overkill that I've ever experienced. It was torturous to sit through, being as it was used mostly to illustrate the hormonal explosions happening with Juliette. I have read borderline erotica that did not have heroines so needy and starved for human touch as that girl. Granted, she had spent nearly a year in solitary confinement at an insane asylum. That lusty desperation overshadowed the majority of the novel. Juliette was either pining over Adam, the boy thrown in the cell with her at the start of the novel, or waxing poetic about Warner, the twisted leader of the sector. I know that she hated Warner, but she infused much of that hatred with flowery descriptions of his hotness. Say what you will about me, but I will forever refer to this novel as The Passionate, Desperate Ramblings of a Lonely, ***** Teenager from this day forth.

As for the characters themselves, I did not find myself really liking, hating, or even feeling sympathetic to any of them. Juliette was a [very weak person who let herself be defeated by her circumstances] young girl who has gone through a lot. She wallowed, nay luxuriated, in self-hatred because of her ability and did not really think of herself as a worthwhile human being deserving to be treated as one until Adam began showing affection toward her. That [pissed me off that she required a male for her own happiness] made me very sad. As for Adam, he mislead her from the start, and I kept waiting for him to pull a trick out of his hat. That is not a good way to start a romance. Warner is a twisted, mean *******, but he never tried to be anything but that. Juliette always knew where she stood with him and what he was capable of, whether she liked it or not. James was probably the only character I came remotely close to liking, but he did not come along until much later in the book. Unfortunately, he is very much a secondary character, and I don't see him progressing into much more than a cute kid on the sidelines.

The setting of the novel itself was interesting, but not enough to really redeem the book. The world was changed, causing death of animals, plants, and nearly humanity. A group called the Reestablishment took over the government and was trying to save what it could of the people around the world. The Passionate, Desperate Ramblings of a Lonely, ***** Teenager... Err... I mean Shatter Me is a dystopian, so the Reestablishment was, of course, portrayed as EeeeVille. Realistically, when times are tough, people get hard. Look at the Middle Ages. The whole concept was interesting, but nothing new. The setting was also used to get a bit preachy about environmentalism.

It would be unfair of me to at least not mention that the book picked up at the end, but it was too little too late. Juliette does put a damper on those raging hormones and becomes a tad bit more interesting, but it's in the last chapters. There is finally talk of the powers Juliette and others have developed, but it's really nothing new. *coughs* X-Men *coughs* I have hopes that she'll stay remotely interesting in the later books in the series, but I don't know if Ill stick with it to see.

[The Passionate, Desperate Ramblings of a Lonely, ***** Teenager] Shatter Me is a beautifully written [hot mess] young adult novel that I bet teenagers are loving everywhere. I even have adult readers that I'm looking forward to giving the book to at the library because I know they'll love it. However, [The Passionate, Desperate Ramblings of a Lonely, ***** Teenager] Shatter Me is most assuredly not for me.

By Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 06 Mar 2013 5

The writing style is very unique and it almost deterred me. It is journal style, almost prose, but not quite, but I am glad that I stuck with it because I was soon enamored by Juliette The prison that she is in, and the mysteries of her past quickly had me soaking it in and flipping through the pages, annoyed any time the outside world interrupted.
Soon enough, another character, Adam is introduced, and there is also questions that arise about his character. Did she know him in the past? Does he just look like someone she knew? Is her fear from something she did, or is it something he did to her? But we also see glimpses of his softer side through the tough exterior, and that makes him appealing to me.
When Warner comes on the scene, I don't know what to think of him, because I had read some reviews that talked about Team Warner vs Team Adam and I kept waiting for what made people attracted to him. Then I also saw peeks of his pain and what he has been through, and the similarities he had to Juliette, but then some of the things that he did made me second guess anything I though I saw.
But about half way through some things come up to make me question Adam! So, Mafi has a talent for twists, and making me on the edge of my seat questioning motives, and what was the real or pretended front for the characters.
As of right now I am going to have to claim team Adam, he is sexy, sweet, and there is a history with them, and a connection.
The world building was okay for me. We learn about it through Adam because Juliette was there for the beginning of the change, but was mostly locked up for it. It is a dark and chilling world.
I couldn't believe some of the developments and how Shatter Me left off.
I loved every moment, and couldn't wait for the next book. I was mad at my library and wanted Unravel Me to be in my hands the moment I closed the book.

Bottom Line: Great start, fresh voice, and awesome premise that was executed beautifully.

By Amanda 24 Oct 2012 5

Also reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm. (

Oh my God! I finished this book nearly three weeks ago and it was the last book I finished! The book I started after finishing Shatter Me, I haven't been able to finish. I'm still reading it slowly while reading another book that I knew would get me back into the gear of reading because it's a sequel to a book I loved.

Anyway, back to the OH MY GOD! This book was amazing. It's taken me so long to write a review of this book because after finished it I was going through so many emotions about it and I didn't know what to say about this book. It's a cross with SO much stuff to say, but all I can do is ramble, to not having anything at all to say because it was THAT good.

I'm still having issues with this review. All I can say is my review is going to suck, but this book most definitely does NOT suck. I can't believe I waited so long to read it! I've been dying to FOREVER, but just haven't gotten around to grabbing a copy from the library. I know this will most definitely be one of the next books I order when I do order any books because I want, no NEED, a copy of this sitting on my shelf.

1) The cover is GORGEOUS!
2) I need access to it 24/7!

Mafi's writing style was so awesome! Created vivid scenes in my head. SO vivid I really did get sucked in and thought I was truly living as Juliette. I love how she had Juliette writing in her book and crossing things out. I love how things were crossed out! It was extremely unique and I can say I have never seen that in a book. There probably are a few out there, but I've never come across one. I thought it was weird, but unique, at first. But quickly fell in love!

And Juliette's abilities! OMG. It reminds me of Rogue from X-Men, and I LOOOOVE Rogue. I still can't figure out which one is more bad-ass in my head yet. They both come to a close tie. :)

And Adam. God. All I can say is: MEGA. FREAKING. AMAZING. HOTTIE! I about died when he entered. He was an ******* at first, but god he's not. Definitely not. He's so sweet and amazing and I totally freaking swooned every time he was in a scene.

Overall, there isn't really much I can say. This is an amazing dystopian. I would also kind of say for those of you weird people who don't really dystopians I really do recommend this because it's not JUST dystopian. It has a supernatural element in it with Juliette's unique ability and it's a romance. And boy did I LOOOVE that romance. I can't wait for the sequel. I'm dying a little inside each and every day it doesn't pop into my head. BOO!

By Hilda 22 Feb 2012 4

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Juliette has magical touch. Whenever anyone touches her bare skin, their life seems to be sucked away from their body. Her parents think that she is dangerous. Her teacher used to make her work alone. She never has the luxury to feel love from another human being. Only fear and isolation.

But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad things. Dead things.

I can't remember the warmth of any kind of embrace. My arms ache from the inescapable ice of isolation. My own mother couldn't hold me in her arms. My father couldn't warm my frozen hands.

I live in a world of nothing.

No one ever treats her nicely. No one ever cares. Because she is a monster. Juliette accepts the insult from her schoolmates. She never fights back even though she can. She can be a real monster, but she doesn't want to lose her piece of humanity. Then one accident happens, and suddenly, Juliette is sent away to an institution.

I've been locked up for 264 days.

I have nothing but a small notebook and a broken pen and the numbers in my head to keep me company. 1 window. 4 walls. 144 square feet of space. 26 letters in an alphabet I haven't spoken in 264 days of isolation.

6,336 hours since I've touched another human being.

Juliette has lost hope, and she thought that she will be forever alone in her cell. But suddenly, Adam comes to her life. Adam, the guy who comes in and become her cellmate. Adam, who seems to be genuinely care for her. Adam, the guy who turns out to be a soldier spying on her. Adam, the guy who went to third to ninth grade with her. Adam, the closest thing to a friend she ever had. Adam, who is strangely immune to her touch.

Together, they find hope in their shattered life and risk their life to escape from Adam's boss, Warner. Warner wants Juliette and her power. He has horrible plans to use Juliette's power to give him more power. He wants Juliette, and he will never back down. Can Juliette escape from Warner and keep Adam alive in the same time? Will she finally convince herself enough that she may be not a monster?

Shatter Me is a wonderful read, and I enjoyed it immensely. The writing is strange yet creative with lines like this to show Juliette's inner thought. Juliette's mind is overflowed with emotion and feelings, so there are a few times you will see line with adjective adjective adjective or verb verb verb without comma or anything to make up with the Grammar police. It becomes a little confusing sometimes.

The little question I want to ask about this book is why Juliette doesn't wear glove all the time. The accident happened because she touched the kid with bare hand. If I were Juliette, I would use glove all the time so I won't hurt anyone in coincidence.

Aside from the little flaws, I think this book deserves my praise. The first book of this series ends well and I can hardly wait to read the next book. I love the idea of the story! Probably the most favorite thing in this book is Adam and Juliette's relationship. They practically crave each other, and it's so sweet that they already have their eyes set on each other from a very long time. There are many kissing in this book and I must say... they are pretty intense scenes. If you're looking for a great YA book with passionate love relationship and beautiful writing, then you should grab this book!

But being around so much love has managed to thaw my frozen parts into something human. I feel human. Like maybe I could be a part of this world. Like maybe I don't have to be a monster. Maybe I'm not a monster.

Maybe things can change.

By Von P. 06 Feb 2012 5

I immediately and excitedly read this one, leaving my to-be-read books on my shelves. I didn't even try to turn my head back or gave the slightest glance on the other books as my eyes had immersed to Juliette's world. I was completely drawn by Juliette since the beginning of the first chapter. Listening to her voice was quite mesmerizing. I kept falling for her words. Mafi had created a character who had the most original voice. She made me think that she wasn't the author of this book and this was Juliette's. And that was one good point in this book. Mafi really made me love Juliette, care for her, cry for her, and just wanted to help her.

I too love the other characters in this book. The villain, I would say, was the best. Mafi made an antagonist who wishes to be loved back by the protagonist. One thing which is not so common in most books. And I liked the concept. Though, Mafi had written characters with such mysterious aspects on their personality. I hope in the next books, she gave more emphasis on their characteristics.

Another good point is the romance. Mafi knows how to bring her audience to one sizzling, hot drive. When Adam and Juliette are together, all the metals in the world could melt with their undying love with each other. Mafi did gave me questions that need immediate answers. Cliff-hangers could ruin a good book like this but Mafi left me wanting for more of Juliette, her world, and her touch.

Overall, this book really did shattered me but not quite the book I'm longing for; yet, this book was amazing, incredible, brilliant, and sexy. All the good adjectives good fit this one! A completely perfect mix of dystopia, paranormal, and romance. Tahereh Mafi is an author to look up to and to watch for.

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`Fast-paced action scenes convey imminent danger vividly....Part cautionary tale, part juicy love story, this will appeal to action and adventure fans.`--Kirkus