Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi || Book Review

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Published by Josie Jaffrey

Genre – Young Adult, Dystopia, PFantasy

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.


When I first started reading Shatter Me, I thought I’d gotten a defective copy. Seeing the crossed lines (see image below for reference), a heavily worded tweet was forming in my head before I even got through the first page. 

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Luckily I looked up a preview of the book’s first chapter on the Internet and got to know that the striked out text was a part of the book. Have to say the strikes look incredibly real, as if made using a pen.

A major chunk in the start was Juliette thinking to herself and without much dialogue so it got slightly boring but picked up the pace once Adam and Warner entered the scene.

My favorite character was the turning 12 in two years Adam’s brother, James. Mainly because he voiced what I had been thinking for more than half the book. It was all too “awfully convenient”. From the male lead(s) entering to their background and more, everything was too damn convenient for me.

None of the leads seemed to be or acted as teenagers. They are 17 to 19 years old and maybe it’s just me but I couldn’t imagine Adam as a 17 year old muscle-y boy from the way he talked. Somewhere in the early to mid 20’s seemed more like it.

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― Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

I personally wasn’t interested in Adam or Warner and either of their ships with Juliette just isn’t sailing for me at this point in the series. Warner puts the crazy in “Crazy in Love” and  Adam is well, like I said above, awfully convenient.

The ending was a little abrupt. I expected a battlefield for the climax and now I am hoping to see it in the next book.

I wonder if the color of the eye on the vober is according to Adam’s eye color or just to match the cover aesthetics.

Even though I feel like I didn’t enough good things to say about the book but if you’re looking for some angst and a crazy obsessed villain, with a thirst for power with a love triangle on top, you should definitely read this one. I am looking forward to get my hands on the next book in the Shatter Me Series.

3.5 Stars



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