Thursday, February 16, 2012

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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.
  In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel."

My thoughts:
Shatter Me is my new favorite dystopian!
  Juliette is one of the most real, feeling characters I've ever had the pleasure of being introduced to, and I thank Tahereh Mafi for that.
  Juliette's touch is lethal. Literally. She can touch someone (or thing) and either harm or kill them.
  Now, take a moment to tell me where you've ever read a YA book like that.
  Um, no where, because this novel is completely unconsecrated ground. It's original, thrilling and exhilarating.
  I LOVED this book. The beginning of the novel drew me in so much I was shocked, scared and thrilled by the fourth chapter. I was instantly drawn into Juliette's life, and her awful memories. Adam, the male lead is just...swoon worthy. He has tattoos, people. SLEEVES! And he has an eyebrow ring...though he obviously can't wear it in the psych-ward and stuff, but this guy...ah!
  The romance between Juliette and Adam is enough to make you fan yourself. I was totally fanning myself a few times, and I've read some heady shit. This book is an instant thrill ride, and if you don't like it, and you don't enjoy it...don't bother even talking to me.
  I was so amazed that a new author managed to make me fall in love (uh, that sounds creepy. With the BOOK! The book, people). I'm just...lost for words to describe how amazing this book is.
  I realize I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but my mind is stuck on "awesome, amazing, beautiful". Sorry.
  I loved this book so much I'm considering buying every copy in the stores, just so I can give out copies and give my friends the gift of awesome.
  Amazing idea, beautiful characters, and it's written (like David Levithan's Every You, Every Me, with the words crossed out) in a style that I'm really beginning to love in YA. I'm dying for the sequels, because I love these characters so much. 5/5 stars.

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