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Book Review: Shatter Me By Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi 
Series: Shatter Me, #1
Genre: Science Fiction | Romance | Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Paperback, 338 pages.
My Copy
Published on October 2nd 2012 by  HarperCollins (first published November 15th 2011)
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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.

“I spent my life folded between the pages of books.”

Shatter Me is a series I’ve been wanting to reread for awhile but haven’t had the courage to restart the whole series until my copy of Believe Me finally arrived. I first read the original trilogy back around 2015 when a Klaroline mutual convinced me that this series have a ship similar to Klaroline. I knew the first book would be hard to read since I’ve never really liked Adam but I’ve forgotten so many details that I’m so glad I decided to do it even if I’m only able to reread the first three books. It hasn’t been so long since I read Restore Me that I’d have forgotten so much about it.

Juliette has been an asylum since she was 14- years old for a murder she didn’t commit. Her parents were relived to get rid of her. I hope her power is more explained in the next book, especially how she’s able to touch some people and some not.

After all these years I still can’t say I like Adam but so far I don’t hate him either. There’s nothing about him to hate since we only learned few things about him and the only thing I can fault him is being a snooze fest.

I usually love insta love books in romance but for some reason I can’t stand them in young adult books. I didn’t believe the romance at all. Juliette missed human’s touch but bad things happened when she did. Then she meets Adam again and they say L- word before even talking about if they were dating or not. I found it weird that they never even talked before she was send to asylum and that he never reacted to her in any way until she gets missing.

“I could love you, Juliette– I would treat you like a queen–“

I absolutely love Warnette but Warner’s obsession didn’t really make sense either. He was already obsessed before they even met so it can’t be because of how beautiful he finds her and he can kill people easily himself, so I don’t really get what she wants with Juliette. I do already like the idea of Juliette and Warner together more than I like her with Adam. Warner wants her to be herself and harness her potential to be powerful, while Adam sees her as a victim. Warner sees Juliette and himself as equal even if he doesn’t trust her to not leave.

I’m glad Kenji arrived this early on since I had no memory of him being sort of friends with Adam. This book reminded me how he had great reasons to dislike Warner.

I found the world pretty interesting even though I didn’t really understand the Reestablishment or  what they stand for. I don’t really get what happened in the past either that made them take control.

This series was only supposed to be three books, so it makes me wonder if Adam’s eyes were familiar to Juliette because of him or what we find out in the last three books. Was she remembering James or subconsciously someone else? All in all this series was a refreshing one since it has been such a long time but also Adam made me want to skip through so much and the romance happened way too quickly. I can’t wait for more Warnette content and to see how Juliette’s friendship with Kenji will grow. It’s also interesting to find out more about these powers and where they come from.


2.5 stars

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