Book Review: Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi

And right after finishing the book, I went to see Tahereh Mafi at L.A. Times Festival of Books over at USC :3


Name: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: October 2, 2012 (1st Ed Nov 15, 2011)


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.

Book Cover Comments

I remember when this cover first attracted my attention back in 2015, when I was in Bali at the airport bookstore. I’ve always wanted to read it and was attracted to it, finally got around to it four years after I’ve first come into contact with it, and I’m super glad I did!

The Actual Review

I’ve read other dystopian novels and simply didn’t like it. (ok fine I’ve really Alex Bracken) and I never had a huge impression on stuff like Hunger Games, Divergent, Maze Runner, simply because to me, they seemed overrated. BUT SHATTER ME. As much as the fact that its definitely a classic dystopian YA trope/cliché, the writing was just FANTASTIC.

We must forgive the fact that this book followed a pretty classic dystopian layout with the protagonist being different from everyone else, gets locked up one way or another or forced to go into battle, falls in love and then meets the resistance. Because Mafi’s writing cancels out all these problems.

I’ve read one of Mafi’s books before: Furthermore; and that middle grade book was an absolutely fantastic read full of colour (pun intended) and fun. And Shatter Me was just on another level. It was easy to understand and catch on to, and my heart automatically melted whenever Juliette and Adam are in the same room together.

Juliette was just such a broken character, seeing her road of kind-of-recovery, where light slowly shone upon her future and glimpses of hope was given to her, was honestly to die for. As the synopsis says, Juliette was treated like a psychopath, with the jail she was locked up in cold and terrible. Hells, they were only allowed three-minute showers with no towels nor clothes to change into. Even I can’t do that!

Then walks in Adam, in which he happens to have a history with Juliette, but they might have forgotten each other after so long. But you’ll see. Adam is everything I could ask for in the protagonist’s partner.

Warner, our antagonist, decided to take Juliette out of prison and claim her as his personal weapon, and I’m dying to figure out his obsessive and violent behaviour seen in Shatter Me, and what exactly is his backstory. Warner himself might possibly be a freak like Juliette, having some intriguing ability of his own observed in Shatter Me; and I’m excited to see what Mafi has to offer.

The last part of the book where the characters find the resistance was absolutely crazy and a whirlwind indeed; you think like Juliette, treating everything like danger, and that is what a book is supposed to make you feel: to actually take up the mindset of the character of POV. The mysteriousness behind the resistance and the world building of the Shatter Me universe has more information yet to come, and I’m so so so excited to know more about the history, and what led the world in need of a monopolized organization.

A thrilling and exciting read of crazy emotions, Shatter Me takes you through the world of the broken Juliette as her Romeo, Adam, climbs over the walls of obstacles to bring Juliette to where she belongs and where she will find safety.

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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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