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Shatter Me

In YA Book Reviews on August 25, 2014 at 4:02 am

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by Tahereh Mafi

YA Dystopian Novel/©2011/338 pages/1st in a Trilogy/Recommended for 7th Grade and Above

Publisher’s Comments (Goodreads):

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.

First Line:  “I have been locked up for 264 days.”

My Thoughts:

This is a debut novel that has certainly generated a lot of hot and cold responses. I think the author showed incredible creativity in how she went about writing this book. All those crossed out lines kept me engaged in the story, and I liked her colorful use of language. This book, being the first in the trilogy, spends a lot of time introducing characters and setting the stage for books that follow. There were parts that were just a bit too much romance and not enough meaningful plot for me, but there was something about it that kept me reading. I am glad I did. I did not see the ending coming and I am definitely intrigued enough to continue reading the next two books. It is not my favorite YA dystopian novel, but I think it is a worthy addition to the genre.

My Rating: 3/5 Stars

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