Shatter Me

Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: November 15, 2011
ISBN13:  9780062085481

5/5 Stars!

Goodreads Synopsis:
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.

How many books have you read that are just purely magnificent to read? Where the writing is so beautiful and literally takes your breath away so often that you're gasping at the turn of every page?

Not very many; but Shatter Me is one of them, and one of the best.

  1. A Masterpiece of Prose:
    Tahereh Mafi isn't writing a novel so much as Shatter Me is prose; it's like poetry in the way it reads like soft butter on your tongue. Every phrase has a rhythm and is a perfect expression of Juliette's voice and emotions. Just read it, and you'll see what I mean.
  2. An Outstanding Heroine:
    Sometimes, it's the heroine in a YA book that drives me crazy. They're tend to be too boy crazy, or whiny, or just kind of dumb. But not Juliette. After going through trials that would put most people to shame, Juliette is determined to be the very best she can be. I completely admired her compassion and will, and I applaud Tahereh for writing a story about such an admirable young woman. Juliette strikes such a careful balance between being fragile and open and vulnerable, while still maintaining an immense amount of inner strength, bravery, and a perception of her place in the world.
  3. Secrets!:
    Maybe it's just me, but I like a good book with super mysterious secrets. And Shatter Me has plenty- but I was also happy that we discovered enough of them to feel satisfied, but then the ending happens and you just end up wanting to know more (next book stat, please)! But I really enjoyed the development and pace in Shatter Me- it wasn't entirely predictable, and I really liked the ending. Why? Because it isn't some awful cliffhanger (I'm looking at you, Delirium) that'll make you mope and cry for a week. Which is good, because Juliette isn't really into moping right now. ;)

By the way, the romance really isn't bad either! You're going to love Adam to pieces, and as much as I like Juliette I'm gonna have to call dibs on this one because he is yummyyy <3 He kind of reminded me of Four from Divergent. Oh, and those comparisons to Hunger Games and X-men? While I don't love Shatter Me as much as The Hunger Games, it's actually a decent comparison.

I know you're technically not supposed to quote the ARC, but I have a quote I'm dying to share (because I loved it so much) and this will have to do until I have the finished copy to make sure no changes were made,

"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 leters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction."

Wow. Beautiful, right? Because sometimes that's how I feel as a reader, too. And I think this gives you a wonderful little teaser of Tahereh's gorgeous writing and talent.

If you've already pre-ordered Shatter Me, then good for you- you made an excellent decision. If you haven't, then I HIGHLY suggest you do so, right now so that you can devour this lovely little thing as soon as possible.

HUGE thank you to HarperCollins Canada for providing me with an ARC of this book; no compensation was received, I only received a copy for my honest review.

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Bethanie said...

Excellent review, this looks SO GOOD!! I'm definately pre ordering, I've been wanting a book like this to come out for ages! It sounds a little bit like Graceling by Kristen Cashore so I'm doubly excited to check it out :)

Giselle said...

Oh Brenna so glad you liked this! I loved how it ended too I can't wait for book 2! Wonderful review! :)

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Anonymous said...

Fantastic review, Brenna =)

Mandy P. said...

Great review! I like how you listed what you liked, and it was easy to read. :) Looks like a book I will have to check out. Thanks!

Nakoya said...

Great review. I read the first 26 chapters of Shatter Me at the Shatterday event and I can't wait to read the rest of the book.

ChristasBooks said...

Loved this book so much! You're right the prose was amazing. I had to whip out the sticky notes and start marking passages I really liked.

And I may have to fight you for Adam (although if you want to give me Four I may concede Adam to you)

Bex said...

I want to get a copy so badly! Sadly it'll have to wait until after Christmas. *sniff* It sounds so amazingly good! I'm glad you liked it so much! A truly great review! :)

elena said...

Another gushing review for Shatter Me! I've heard practically unanimous praise for this book which makes me even MORE excited to read it. I seriously can't wait to read it! I'm glad you said that about her prose, I peeked at the first chapter online and it does seem like it's written in a different format than normal! I like the author a lot and the written entries (her blog, twitter, reviews, etc) I've read of hers so hopefully her novel will hold up too! I'm especially glad you like the heroine because like you, a lot of YA heroines drive me nuts too. ahhh, your review made me even more excited for the book if that's even possible!

LisaILJ said...

I have yet to find someone who didn't like this book. I can't wait to get it from the library. Your review has me giddy with excitement.

Jessie said...

Wow! great review. i wasn't interested in this book before i read your review. now i can't wait to get my hands on it! thanks :)

Anonymous said...

Sound interesting. Thanks for the review.

Natalia Belikov said...

holy lord!! you killed me!! thanks god we are one week away from its release!! phew! great review!

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zoey said...

wow, sounds amazing! Can't wait till my copy will arrive :)
Thanks for the review (now I won't be able to do nything but thinking about the book)

Taffy said...

Nice review! I've been debating on reading this book. THANK YOU. I like the way you review.

Ashley @ Book Labyrinth said...

Yay, I loved this one too!! And I actually just preordered it because the int'l edition paperpack is SUPER cheap right now on Book Depository.

Molly Gibson-Mee said...

Ooh, I'm so happy that you liked it Brenna! I can't wait to read it EVEN MORE now!

Reading is my cup of tea

oriana said...

i read some many good reviews about this book that i need to read it right now!
thanks for the great review!

Gwenyth Love said...

I really really really want to read this book! Thanks for sharing your wonderful glowing review!

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