Thursday, September 8, 2011

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me
By Tahereh Mafi

Nov. 15, 2011
HarperCollins, 352 pages
Source: Review copy

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.

— description


From the action to the romance, “intense” is the best word to describe “Shatter Me.”

Let’s start with the action. Think “X-Men,” but almost grittier. The novel – Mafi’s debut – starts out in a jail cell, where Juliette has spent most of the year in complete silence and isolation. It’s bleak and frightening and locks you in from the get-go. From there, things are fast-paced, more intriguing and more intense as the twists and turns keep coming. I could not put it down.

Oh, as I write this I can’t help but feel that if I had my copy of this book next to me right now, I’d hug it. That’s how in love with it I am.

Speaking of love. Look, sorry Mom, Dad, Sister and In-Laws who are reading this, but I just have to say: This book is just plain steamy. It’s not smarmy or skanky either – it’s just got the best sexual tension I’ve read since, well, a long time. I think at one point I was actually fanning myself off. INTENSE.

And, the cherry on top? It actually ends. Oh, sure, there’s setup for a sequel. But no cliffhanger! I felt perfectly content at the end to sit and wait for round two. LOVED!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

PS: I can't go without commenting on the cover. gorgeous, but so not even remotely reflective of this book's DARK tone. An odd choice.


  1. I'm dying to read this book! Your review just made me want to read it so much more ("best sexual tension"? yes, please!). I'm glad to hear that there is no cliffhanger because I'm getting a little tired of so many cliffhangers because most of the books I read are parts of series.

  2. Completely support this review! And I agree about the cover. Hate it.

  3. This sounds great! I definitely can't wait to read this book!

    Tia @ Falling For Books

  4. Omg this review. YES! So glad you loved it as much as I did! And the steamy Adam moments--awesome!


  5. Oh, I want this book now...I've been watching the blogs and everyone who's read it loved it. I must say though, you are the first to tip off it's ending...Just knowing that I can sit content and wait for a sequel (versus all those annoying cliff hangers!) makes me want to read it that much more ;) Thanks!

  6. glad you loved it! we were goofing off at ALA and missed this one! :-P can't wait to read it when it comes out!

    nice review, anna! :)

  7. seriously one of the best books of 2011. so gooood. fabulous review, Anna!

  8. YAY!!!!! No cliffhanger! So glad to hear it. Cliffhangers always kill me. :P

  9. Yay for set-up and closure. For real, that is the best in a series! I'm excited to get to this one on my TBR pile.

  10. I love the cherry on top. So important. Sounds like one I'll love!


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