Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: November 15ht, 2011
Harper, 338 Pages
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Shatter Me #1
Recommended for: Fans of The Hunger Games
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.
What is it like to feel
different? weird? UNIQUE. Juliette is a girl; a girl who can’t be touched by another human being without inflicting pain on them. And she has been locked up for this. Until one day, she’s released – under the condition that she be used as a weapon. But she has plans of her own.
This book is about so much more than a girl who has supernatural powers. It’s about what it’s like to be considered “different” in society. And how you can overcome that feeling and find acceptance within yourself. It’s about finding love and how that love can make anything possible. It can change the way you see yourself and the way you see the world.
Tahereh Mafi’s debut novel blew me away. I finished it in one sitting and found myself begging for the more at the end. And while I felt like the first half of the book was more character driven (which I liked a lot!), I LOVED the action-packed second half of the novel.
If you loved The Hunger Games, you’re going to gobble this one up!