Sunday, August 5, 2012

Book Review: Shatter Me

Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper
Rating: 5

Shatter Me Cover Image

Synopsis (via Goodreads): 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.

Review: I love dystopian novels such as Matched, The Hunger Games, and Shatter Me where the government is totally different then ours now. When reading those kinds of books, I can create whatever image I want their government/city/world to look like given by the description. Sometimes, movies ruin that image, (The Capitol in The Hunger Games looked nothing like I thought it would), but at the same time, opens your mind up to new ideas.

To be honest, I didn't feel like this book had enough description about what The Reestablishment is. It took me a while to understand what was going on just because of the position Juliette was in the beginning of her story but towards the end I got a somewhat clearer image of what it could possibly be. The cover also threw me off a little bit. The girl on the cover, I'm sure, is nothing what Juliette would look like after being locked up in a cell, most likely tortured, and starved. I'm not saying the cover isn't pretty, because it is, but in this case, looks can be decieving.

Juliette is one strong girl. After being abandoned by her parents because of her "gift," Juliette is sent to a prison. The government has no idea what she can do until Warner begans tests on her. Once he gets a general idea of her power, he makes his move: to make her into his monster and gain an advantage war-wise. The only thing that is stopping Warner from his overall empowering plan is Juliette herself. She didn't ask to be the person she was and she sure as heck didn't want to kill people, so she came up with her own plan: not to give into Warner's plans no matter what the cost and to hopefully escape.

Only one person can help her with this plan and that person is Adam. Being one of Warner's soldiers, Juliette is hesitant of knowing and trusting him at first, but for some reason she seems to recognize Adam from somewhere. After a while, she slowly begins to figure out what Adam knew all along and together she knows they are unstoppable.

One this is for sure, I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2). The ending of this book nearly killed me suspense-wise. Seems like every good book ends like that... =D

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