Monday, 8 July 2013

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Author: Tahereh Mafi
Format: Paperback
Pages: 338
Date Published: November 15 2011
Publisher: Harper

       "Stay away from Juliette."
       "I heard that she got kicked out of her old school."
       "What a freak."
       These words are burned into Juliette's mind. Her touch is lethal, so nobody wants to risk getting close to her. She has spent her entire life believing that she is a monster. After one accident she is taken away to live in an asylum (basically). She hasn't made contact with anybody in exactly 264. Then out of the blue she is taken away by The Reestablishment. A group that is supposed to be fixing the dying world. They want to use  Juliette as a weapon. Juliette doesn't want to hurt anybody, but this is Juliette's first chance at freedom in almost a year. If she could just get away from the Reestablishment, then maybe she could hope for a better future. With a guy she never thought she would see again. Only one problem, guards are always near, and the leader of this project, Warner, never leaves her side. Even though Juliette doesn't want to, she's going to have to learn that sometimes people have to get hurt. 

       This cover is nice I guess, but I must say that I, have seen so many covers with eyes on them. Don't get me wrong, most of the are nice but it's getting sort of old don't ya think? At least this one is a little memorable, you know with the eyelashes being trees and such.

        I liked all of the characters in this book, they were all pretty cool. I have absolutely no complaints. Can I just take a moment to mention Juliette's name? I have never seen it spelled like that before. I have only ever seen it as the classic Juliet. Anyway, I just love it. Almost as much as I love the name Ophelia. :)
       As for Adam and Juliette I really liked there relationship. I liked it because Juliette and Adam actually have some sort of history together, it's not like they just met each other, then  BAM the're being all cute and couple-y. They knew each other before all this happened.

       On Goodreads, When I read some reviews on this, I noticed that some people have a huge problem with the way that Tahereh Mafi writes. She uses strikeout text and many metaphors and similes, many people couldn't stand it, but I loved it with every fiber of my being. Every sentence was beautiful and flowing gracefully. I can't get enough

       Another thing that people argue about on Goodreads is the genre. They disagree that this book could be classified as a dystopia. They believe that it is just a romance. This book is more than just a romance. It has romance in it, However, that's not all. Okay, I'm just going to quickly list some of the obvious things that make a dystopian novel what it is. (I am aware that the're more, like I said, I am listing the obvious ones.)

#1. This novel takes place in the future.

#2. The people of this futuristic world are pretty controlled

#3. The world is no longer what it used to be, and everything is pretty much going to garbage.

       This is one of those books that you either like it, or hate it. I absolutely LOVED it. As soon as I can I am going to pay yet another visit to the bookstore and buy Unravel Me.


  1. I loved this book too! I think Tahereh Mafi's writing is beautiful and I didn't mind the strike outs and such. And I really like Juliette spelled that way. Great review!

    ~Sydney@Pika Pages

    1. Thank you!

      I can't even express how much I loved this book, everything about it was just amazingly wonderful :)

  2. I found the writing extremely annoying. It's different but some sentences just didn't make much sense. I don't remember anything else about the book because I read it awhile ago.
    I completely agree with you about the eye on the cover getting old but I think it's better than the original cover.

    1. I didn't mention the original cover in my review, (shame on me) but I completely agree with you about this cover being better.

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  4. Great review! I love Mafi's writing, it is really unique. Are you planning on reading the next book? I found it even better than the first. Juliette is the French version of Juliet, it looks much better doesn't it:)

    1. I am planning on reading the next book, I just need to get to the bookstore and buy it. I'm glad to hear that it is even better than the first. I didn't know that Juliette is the french version of Juliet. That's actually quite cool. Thanks for telling me!.

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  5. I absolutely love the writing in Shatter Me and Unravel Me. It's not for everyone, sure, but it really appealed to me. The writing conveyed the state of mind Juliette was in and I didn't find myself confused or annoyed with it. Instead, I found it to be beautiful and different.

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    1. I really loved Shatter me, it was just filled with so much raw emotion. I'm reading Unravel me now, and it's just Amazing

  6. I'm interested already! I love dystopians, might have to check it out. ;)

    1. Thanks for following me!
      Haha you won't regret reading this one. I promise. :)