Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi


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.

Okay, I’ll be blunt, this was terrible, in the best way. I, by no means, love this book or deem it a work of literary art, but it was just what I needed and it was a page turner (and sometimes you just need a page turner).

Juliette’s past as well as the destruction of most of the world is shrouded in complete mystery, but don’t expect it to ever be cleared up (spoiler alert, it’s not). This is simply a paranormal romance disguised as a dystopian, which is probably why I was really confused by most of the plot.

Here’s the thing, Adam is annoying. I did not like him from the start, and I will not like him ever (haha). I only kept reading the series because Juliette’s supernatural power was so intriguing and I felt like there was more to Warner’s story. (And like any book merch I already knew a few things about where this book goes thanks to fan art, but in this case I’m not complaining… too much).

All I can tell you is to push through, it gets better.

3/5 stars!

–Stephanie, Teen LTA

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