Shatter Me - 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 was - 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.


The first few chapters of this book was just a bunch of gibberish to me, a lot of strike throughs and counting. I thought this style was brought about by the fact that the narrator has been locked up for months without talking or seeing anybody. So she basically was just talking to herself in her head. But as the story progressed and she started to interact with other people, the gibberish also started to wear off.

Juliette Ferrars was locked up during the transition of leadership and I think it was a bright idea from the author, it makes Juliette more oblivious to the world outside her confinement. I just feel that she went a little overboard on naivety, worrying about boys while that world around her was crumbling. But hey, she's 19-years-old after all.

Adam Kent was a soldier forced to work for the Reestablishment as this was the only job that paid enough to keep his 10-year-old brother comfortable. Same goes with the other soldiers of the Reestablishment. He was tasked to observe and watch over Juliette but he inadvertently falls in love with damsel-in-distress charm.

Aaron Warner is the young leader of Sector 45, he has been studying Juliette for quite a while and is fascinated by her. He wants her to join himself and the Reestablishment, to be their torture instrument against the talk of rebellion and to instill fear in the people.

It's the perfect love triangle waiting to happen.

As I am writing this review, I have finished the Trilogy and will be writing about the other books soon. Right now, I am reading the companion novellas to this series: Unite Me and Fracture Me which are from Warner and Adam's POV respectively.


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