Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi | Review

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi | ReviewShatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #1
Published by HarperCollins Publishers on November 15, 2011
Genres: Dystopian
Pages: 338
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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I have a curse I have a gift

I am a monster I'm more than human

My touch is lethal My touch is power

I am their weapon I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment lockerd 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.

(Last Updated On: May 31, 2022)

I read Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) a few years ago when I first started my blog, but after finally buying the rest of the series, I was due for a reread.

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What I loved about this book

Juliette’s abilities. I just find them so interesting, honestly. I wouldn’t call them powers, just because they’re not necessarily good, but still. There is so much unknown when it comes to her and what she can do that you can’t help but keep reading.

You can also see the struggle that she has with them. She doesn’t want to be a bad person but she doesn’t know how to control what is happening to her. She is just such a complex character that you never really know what is going to happen next.

Mafi’s writing style. She writes so beautifully, and really brings her characters to life, especially Juliette. There’s so much detail and emotion in what she writes. You are constantly left in the dark in the best way possible. You never know what is going to happen next and it makes you not want to put the book down.

She creates such a great juxtaposition between the seemingly good (Juliette and Adam) and the seemingly bad (Warner) while at the same time making you question everything you think you know. I found myself trying to guess where the story was going to go or what the characters were going to do next but I finally just had to give up.

Warner is such an awesome villain. I found myself liking him at times. Why is he such a likeable villain? When you first meet him, you instantly know that he is the villain, but that doesn’t last long.

You start to understand how complicated he is and how he may not necessarily be an inherently evil person but a good person who is stuck in an evil situation. I am really excited to see where his character ends up. I really hope that we get to learn more about his backstory and why he is the way he is.

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I feel like he is going to have a really good development throughout this series.

What I didn’t like about this book

Adam. I found him to be rather annoying the whole time. It’s weird, because I remember when I read this the first time I absolutely loved Adam. I really don’t ship him with Juliette at all. 

It sort of feels like he has the least dimension out of all of the characters and maybe that’s why I didn’t like him as much. Maybe he will get better in the rest of the series but right now, I think I like Warner better than Adam.

I’m excited to continue on with the Shatter Me series and see where these characters end up!! 

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  1. I really enjoyed this book when I read it a few years ago. I don't know why I haven't continued on with the series yet, but I really want to in the near future. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  2. I wish I'd enjoyed this book as much as you! I agree that Warner is a fantastic villain though! I hope you love the rest of the series!

  3. I read this for the first time recently. I didn’t like the romance between Juliette and Adam. I felt it too needy and obsessive. I did like the read though.

  4. I've owned Shatter Me for YEARS, but was never quite in the mood for it. I'll definitely try to push it up on my TBR this summer, but I'm kind of worried I won't like it. *cries* I'm glad the series works so well for you, though! 🙂

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