Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi


Shatter Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Published on: 2 October 2012

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia, Romance

Pages: 338

Format: Paperback

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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.

Hey everyone, welcome to my first ever book review. Sorry if my review is particularly short, I tried to cut down on the spoilers haha. I will continue to improve and bring you better reviews 🙂

Finally finished with this book after what seemed like forever hahaha. Although I took awhile to finish this book, it doesn’t mean that it’s a bad one. For the first book I read from Tahereh Mafi, it’s really quite a good start.

The start of this book was quite mysterious, in a way where the character development is of a slow pace. The characters were introduced slowly and not thrown at your face. This is something I particularly favor as it allows the reader to remain his/her interest in the book. It peaks your interest as it slowly allows you to unravel the bits and pieces of the past of each character. This further helps to develop the character and shows us, readers, how their past has molded them to how they are now.

There was a bit of a let down in the middle of the book where I felt that I lost interest in the book. Oops. Haha but the author eventually picked up the pace of the story. Throughout the book, there is a unique thing this author does that helps you not only relate more to Juliette but also helps in Juliette’s character development. (MORE DETAILS IN SPOILER)

Taking everything into account, this book is overall an interesting novel. There are many twists and turns throughout the story that keeps you on your toes. I would highly recommend this book as it is a perfect mixture of romance, action, and fantasy.


I love it when Mafi adds the cancellations to further show how Juliette thinks and how indecisive she is. (Just like me haha) This helps many readers to relate to Juliette and develops Juliette in a unique way as we can see how she forces herself to change her mindset many times. Which makes the story more in-depth and interesting.

I also like the way Mafi describes and illustrates the emotions Juliette feels when she touches someone for the first time without fear. It is very difficult for us readers to know what it is like to not touch anyone at all and I feel that she illustrates this very well.


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