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Review: Shatter Me

shatter meShatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

What it is about:  No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.  (Summary from


What I thought: 

Juliette hasn’t seen or talked to anyone in months that is until Adam shows up as her new roommate. Through her friendship with Adam, Juliette learns that she has the power to change her life. Her touch doesn’t have to be a curse.  As the story progresses Juliette begins to heal thus getting stronger and more confident. It is nice to see Juliette go from a weak character to a stronger character, and I look forward to seeing her grow in the next book.

Shatter Me is told from Juliette’s point of view, which is great because you get to know her and what’s going on inside her head in regards to everything.  However, Juliette has been in solitude in an asylum for years.  While she isn’t crazy (she is locked up because of her touch) solitude has messed with her head.  Juliette tends to repeat things.  Sometimes just a word, other times a sentence.  At times this can be annoying, however, it seems to lesson as time goes on because Juliette becomes more secure in who she is (that or I just got used to it and stopped noticing).  Also the crossing out of words is employed used a lot especially in the beginning.  These techniques help to give you an idea of who Juliette is. While not insane she is broken, and needs to heal.

Many of the reviews I read before reading Shatter Me complained about the number of metaphors in the book.  I did notice there are a lot more metaphors in Shatter Me than I usually see.  I will admit there were points where the number of metaphors in the text interrupted my reading flow because I had to reread the paragraph to figure out what was actually going on.

Shatter Me has romance, despite Juliette’s lethal touch.  It’s a dystopian novel in that the Earth has been polluted to the point where vegetation no longer grows with ease and animals are scarce.    The Reestablishment has taken over, promising to fix things, but instead they now control everything.  There are super powers (need I say more?)! There is a great bad guy in Warner’s character.  Also, there is the promise of a strong female character.


I will definitely be picking up Unravel Me to find out what happens next to Juliette.

Oh and here’s the trailer for Shatter Me: