By Tahereh Mafi
Nov. 15, 2011
HarperCollins, 352 pages
Source: Review copy
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.
— GoodReads.com description
SO. FREAKING. INTENSE.
From the action to the romance, “intense” is the best word to describe “Shatter Me.”
Let’s start with the action. Think “X-Men,” but almost grittier. The novel – Mafi’s debut – starts out in a jail cell, where Juliette has spent most of the year in complete silence and isolation. It’s bleak and frightening and locks you in from the get-go. From there, things are fast-paced, more intriguing and more intense as the twists and turns keep coming. I could not put it down.
Oh, as I write this I can’t help but feel that if I had my copy of this book next to me right now, I’d hug it. That’s how in love with it I am.
Speaking of love. Look, sorry Mom, Dad, Sister and In-Laws who are reading this, but I just have to say: This book is just plain steamy. It’s not smarmy or skanky either – it’s just got the best sexual tension I’ve read since, well, a long time. I think at one point I was actually fanning myself off. INTENSE.
And, the cherry on top? It actually ends. Oh, sure, there’s setup for a sequel. But no cliffhanger! I felt perfectly content at the end to sit and wait for round two. LOVED!
PS: I can’t go without commenting on the cover. Wow…so gorgeous, but so not even remotely reflective of this book’s DARK tone. An odd choice.