Tahereh Mafi (@taherehmafi)
November 15th 2011 by HarperCollins
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.
In Shatter Me, Juliette doesn't have to imagine knowing her touch could kill. One day, just a day like any other day, she didn't know her touch could kill, and she touched someone at the grocery store. It was just an accident. She had no idea. She didn't mean to kill the little boy. Now this accident, no, murder, has Juliette lock up in prison. She has touched another person, or been touched herself by any person in 264 days. To test her, "they" put someone, a boy, in her cell with her. Who is Adam, and what does he represent to Juliette? Why would they do this to her? Don't they know how dangerous this is to him and to her?
After all this time alone the Reestablishment has decided Juliette's power could be harnessed as a weapon . She can be used to fight. The only problem is Juliette doesn't want to fight for the Reestablisment. Will she be able to break free? Does Juliette have a curse, or a gift? Is she lethal, or is she powerful? Can she fight back? Will she be strong enough? Is she alone in her fight or are there others with powers?
This book left me with so many questions! I enjoyed this book, and I think Shatter Me was an enjoyable read, but at the end, when I set it down to think about it, I needed more!!! Which I guess is an indicator of a good cliffhanger. I understand it is the first book in a trilogy, and I can't wait for the next book in this series.
I love the world Mafi built in Shatter Me. This is one intense ride. In Shatter Me you have the sweet good guys, the creepy bad guys, and a very believable threat to Juliette. This trilogy can only get better!
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