Series: Shatter Me #1
Published by: HarperCollins on October 2, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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.
This was one debut novel that did not disappoint. After hearing everyone talk about how great this book was, I had to read it for myself. I have to say it’s very different from any other book I’ve ever read. This is a dystopian novel unlike any other, set in a world where society has basically destroyed itself and administration rules over all, forcing people to believe in their way of life.
The wording is a bit repetitive, but it fits with the story and didn’t deter from it at all. It’s told from Juliette’s perspective, and since she’s been locked up for a long time and had a troubling childhood, her perspective on the world and people is a bit weird, but in a good way. What surprised me the most was that you’d occasionally see words or sentences literally crossed out in the book, a nice touch to a very unique novel.
Juliette has this super power where if anyone touches her, their energy/life force is basically drained from them. When I think of that, I envision Rogue from X-Men, if you’ve ever watched the movie/TV show or read the comics. Of course, having that kind of power makes you fearful of yourself and it causes Juliette to be taken away to a mental institution where she stays until she’s released into the hands of a sinister man named Warner, a high authority, who plans to use her power to his benefit. He was definitely a twisted character, very different from the usual slew of bad guys.
The love story is cute, since they knew each other since childhood, but never spoke to one another, just simply and secretly admired each other from afar. Adam is a skilled soldier and very sweet, I didn’t know what to think of him at first, but I really grew to like him.
I found this story to be extremely fast-paced and captured me from the very first page. I was flying through the pages because everything just flowed nicely and I kept wanting to know what would happen next. Mafi’s writing is fresh and enticing, a nice change of pace from all the debuts lately. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one.