Review: Shatter Me
Juliette can kill people with her touch. All it takes is a moment of contact, skin to skin. Some say she is a monster. That she should be locked away and denied human interaction. But Juliette doesn’t want to hurt anyone.
There are others who want to use Juliette, to harness her power. There’s a war going on in her bleak and broken world, and The Reestablishment sees Juliette as a torture device to be employed against those who rebel. But Juliette doesn’t want to be anyone’s property.
Though Juliette doesn’t want to fight, she’s willing to do what it takes to secure her freedom. However, gaining her own freedom just might put her in the center of a battle much bigger than herself.
Shatter Me, the first in a trilogy, is a fast-paced, adventure packed novel that is also filled with heart melting romance. The book is engrossing, complete with heroes you root for and villains you hate intensely, but it is neither the plotting nor characterization that make Shatter Me anything out of the ordinary. After all, there are plenty of dystopian novels complete with doomsday scenarios, unlikely kickass heroines, and love interests with sparkly blue eyes.
Tahereh Mafi’s debut is gorgeously written. Mafi combines words and senses in new and unexpected ways, creating a sort of literary synesthesia. There are moments in the book where Mafi’s skillful word choices made me feel like I’d been speaking in black and white and just then seen language in color for the first time. Like I was Jonas and Shatter Me was my first red apple.
There are an abundance of dystopian trilogies to choose from in bookstores and libraries these days, and Shatter Me certainly isn’t the only one to receive enormous amounts of hype. If it’s shiny cover doesn’t tempt you to give it an extra glance, a quick read of the first couple pages should do it. I was hooked from the get go, and the cliffhanger ending has left me anxiously awaiting Mafi’s next book.