Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks, February 22, 2013 (view all comments by Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks)
Shatter Me took me by surprise. Tahereh Mafi's novel is so beautifully written, her style so poetic, honest and captivating. Mafi has a way with words that sets her debut novel aside as utterly original and fresh. She touches hearts through Juliette's sweetness and light. Not to mention her strength. Through her eyes we see what beauty is left in a world changed for the worst, the grief of the many lost, and the strength of those who have the ability to change the world for the better.
Juliette has been locked in an asylum for 264 days. She doesn't know what touch feels like. She's seventeen years old and been mistreated all throughout her life, but still believes in goodness of human nature. That not everyone she's ever come in contact with has an ulterior motive. It makes perfect sense that she forms a connection with Adam, the boy thrown suddenly into her cell and from a distant memory of her past. Their connection is intense and innocent to a degree. When Juliette learns from Adam that the Reestablishment, who is supposed to rebuild the world to its former glory, is living the life of luxury while citizens are oppressed and left with little hope, their budding relationship is pushed to levels of danger.
Juliette's power may be deadly and rare, but I couldn't help but think of her as a superhero type. Omega Point, Juliette and Adam's destination after escaping the leader of Sector 45, is crawling with humans with a little extra supernatural in their genetic makeup. This addition to Shatter Me made me think of the X-Men, but with a dystopian element weighing on the plot.
I feel ashamed that it's taken me so long to carve out time to read Shatter Me. Deep down I knew that genre-wise it was what I was looking for, and I'm pleased to say that it actually exceeded my expectations! Tahereh Mafi is a very refreshing author whose style will win with readers of all ages. I'm itching to see how she continues the series, because the stunning conclusion to Shatter Me has prepared me for anything!
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Tahereh Mafi takes us into a world where special abilities mean an untimely death and parents and neighbors alike will turn you into the government to get rid of you.
We meet Juliette as she is imprisoned for a year and conflicted about the danger she can pose with her touch and what her Reestablishment has a use for her. With the threat and the reality of death so close at hand for Juliette, the sudden introduction of Adam tosses her into a conflicting past and a dangerous future.
Tahereh Mafi has created a dangerous and unforgiving world filled with hate, love, and deceit while at the same time beautiful and precious.
With an amazing cast of characters and a fabulous supporting cast be prepared to be Shattered with this amazing new read from a debut author that will take your breath away.
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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.
In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel�"with a paranormal twist�"that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel. (Synopsis provided by goodreads.)
Most people who read my reviews know I am not a big fan of dystopian. However, I loved this book!
This is a dystopian book for people who don't normally care for dystopian novels.
I found Juliette to be a wonderfully likable character, she had wit, a tender side and she could hold her own and kick ass when she needed to. Her and Adam's interactions felt very genuine. With the ending of this book I had very questions, Mafi did a stellar job in answering most of my questions by the end of this book.
This book is brilliant! Run out and get a copy today! I would recommend this book to everyone!
I can't wait for book 2, it will be a long year to wait.
* Hardcover: 352 pages
* Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (November 15, 2011)
* ISBN-10: 0062085484
* Author: Tahereh Mafi
* Cover art: Awesome!
* Overall rating:***** out of 5 stars
* Obtained: A gift from my Dad.
Reader Eternal, November 26, 2011 (view all comments by Reader Eternal)
This mesmerizing novel is a fast-paced thrill ride full of mystery and romance. Mafi's prose reads almost like poetry at times--it's so lyrical and beautiful and wonderfully unique. A stunning and memorable first novel from an author to watch!
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Mafi combines a psychological opener with an action-adventure denouement in her YA debut, and the result is a page-turner with a slightly split personality. Juliette Ferrars is 17 and cannot remember a loving touch; indeed, after 264 days in solitary confinement, she can barely remember human contact. Then a boy is shoved into her cell, and her world changes. Just as she begins to trust Adam, guards burst in and march them off to the commandant. Juliette discovers Adam is really a soldier of the Reestablishment, a totalitarian regime that wants to use Juliette because her touch can kill. Juliette wants to get far away from anyone she can hurt or who can hurt her — though she can't help hoping that, somehow, Adam might not fall in either of those categories. Mafi doesn't escape some rookie pitfalls; descriptions like 'fifteen thousand feelings of disbelief hole-punched in my heart' strain after lyricism, and proof that the divided plot can be brought to a satisfying conclusion must await later installments. Nevertheless, this is a gripping read from an author who's not afraid to take risks. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
by Harper Collins,
"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.
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 of 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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