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 have this thing were I always start reading a series once the final instalment is published. If you lived in an other planet and didn’t know (joke), Ignite Me (the 3rd and final book of the Shatter Me series) came out on February 4th 2014, so it was time for me to read Shatter Me. And WOW. It was good. It was great. It was everything I was hoping for and so much more.
Let me begin with the fantastic writing style. Tahereh Mafi has a great gift. She has a way with words that I haven’t seen in a really long time in any YA books. I really enjoyed the writing style, I thought it was poetic and really beautiful, and it was really nice to read something different for once. I feel like every book are written the same way, but Shatter Me isn’t like the other books, Tahereh Mafi really did a great job here, we can see that she put her soul into it and that makes the story unique. I loved reading Juliettes thoughts, the crossed sentences didn’t bother me at all, I think it gives another side to the story. There were a lot of repetitions and somehow it reminded me of Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein. I think it’s so beautiful and poetic, so pure : “My dreams are bloody and bleeding and blood is bleeding all over my mind and I can’t sleep anymore” (chapter 19)
Juliette was an interesting character, I loved reading about her, and if I couldn’t really relate to her problems I found myself caring for her as if she was a close friend, I was worried about what might happen to her and that alone kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading the book. I really loved her. She was so fragile, so frail and yet she has this huge power. She was imprisoned in her own mind, rejected by everyone, seen as a dangerous monster and completely misunderstood, yet Juliette has her humanity intact. I have a lot of respect for her and I felt so much pain for this poor girl.
Adam. I loved Adam in this book. Really. He seemed to be the perfect guy, he cares about Juliette, and some passages were pretty intense between the two of them, seriously. Tahereh Mafi describes feelings in such a way that I had butterflies flying in my stomach and chills. (Chapter 26 guys !) And Warner. Well Warner seems to be the perfect vilain right ? But I knew that the majority of people who read the whole series prefered him over Adam, and knowing that, I couldn’t help but wonder why and feel a bit attracted to him. He’s so sassy, I loved each interactions he had with Juliette, it was funny how bossy he was with her.
I really loved this book. So far it’s one of my favorite of 2014. I loved everything about it, the characters, the plot, the writing, everything. The twist at the end of the book made me want to read Unravel Me right away so I had to buy it. I was surprised by Shatter Me, I didn’t expect to love it so much. I recommend it to everyone who loves a good written book with a paranormal twist. And fans of Divergent and FourTris will love this books as well.
I spent my life folded between the pages of books.
In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.