By Tahereh Mafi
I have a gift
I'm more than human
My touch is power
I will fight back
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.
I had no idea what Shatter Me was about before I started reading it. There's a lot of hipe about this book and I was curious to what it was that everybody seemed to love. I have to say I wasn't disappointed, it was everything I was looking for! It is not the best dystopian I've ever read, it doesn't have the best characters or the most mind blowing plot but it was entertaining and addictive.
Being stuck in an asylum is not easy for anyone. Juliette feels like she is slowly loosing her mind. She has no company other than her own head. In the beginning of the book is obvious that Juliette is not mentally stable but as the story develops her thoughts start being more normal, it shows how strong of a character she really is. Even after everything she went through she is still faithful to herself, strong and kind. She does not wish for luxury or revenge. She just wants to feel loved, she wants a friend.
I can't really describe the other characters, I feel like there's something wrong with all of them, that they are just playing a game, pretending to be someone they are not just to gain Juliette's trust. I don't know whether they are good or bad, there's just something off about them.
However that is what I liked best about this book, the mystery. There are so many things left unsaid, unexplained. There is not a big plot twist in this book, I expect that something major will happen in the next books. And I really can't wait to start Unravel Me!
About the writing style, it took me a while to adapt to the metaphors, the repetitions and the way she is constantly saying something and then crossing what she just said. But after adapting I think it just added more to the story. She is still recovering from the time spent in the asylum and it's normal not to be perfectly coherent.
I had a good time reading Shatter Me and I'd recommend this to anyone who likes dystopian or is in the mood for some light and quick read!