Review: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

Chick and Brain Rating 5 out of 5

I honestly have no idea where to begin with this review. I had no interest in reading this book however a dear friend has been going on and on about it so a group of us decided to read it together. I started it and I could not put it down. I have no idea why I never read this book before! Mafi’s writing style, although different, immediately pulled me into the story and would not let go. I was immediately wrapped up into this dystopian world to the point that it was hard to NOT read the entire story in one sitting. This is for sure a narrative that readers either love or hate, lucky for me I am on the LOVE side of that coin.

This is a series of books that is centered around a girl named Juliette who has been locked in an insane asylum for being different. Juliette has an ability that other do not understand and because of that ability she is feared by everyone around her, including her parents. She has been locked away from all human contact for 264 days, trust me she has counted, until one day she is given a cell mate. Adam, her new cellmate, brings news off the outside world and something Juliette has desperately longed for, a friend. Adam’s arrival triggers a series of events that will change Juliette’s life forever but whether it is for the better we still are unsure

Mafi uses her prose and writing style to help us get into the inner workings of Juliette head. Most of what we learn from Juliette or even about her in this first book is mostly in her internal monologue with herself or when she is writing in her journal. A great example of this is the strike through method Mafi uses. Although it takes us sometime to get used to it adds to our reading experience and by extension gives us better understanding of Juliette as a whole during her time spent in the asylum. Also, even though all characters are introduced from Juliette’s prospective, Mafi is able to create well-rounded characters with the use of her descriptive prose and layered writing. At times, I did find myself distracted by her writing and missing things because it was just that beautiful but that is a minor complaint in the long run.

If you are looking for an easy read where you don’t have to use your brain, this is not the book for you. You are constantly kept on your toes and wondering what is going to happen next. You will not be able to put it down once you start. I will recommend that you get the novella “Destroy Me” to read after the first book to gain a better understanding of one of the main characters motivations during the story. Trust me you wont regret it!

 

Until next time,

 

XOXO

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