Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Published November 15th 2011 by Harper
Shatter Me elicits extreme feelings in my fellow reviewers. Some absolutely loved it, and others are disgusted by it. I personally take a more average position; I enjoyed Shatter Me, though it wasn’t my favourite.
We meet Julliette in a prison-like environment, where she hasn’t talked to anyone or touched anyone for months. On one day, a boy is placed in her cell, and everything changes.
It’s probably the writing style that divides most readers. The writing is utterly crazy. Every sentence is filled with metaphors and similes and strange groupings of wrods that truly don’t make any logic sense. I’s written from Julliette’s perspective, and there will often be sentences like “My jaw drops on the floor and my face beams like a light in the dark sky” (truly, I made that up, but I’m sure it could have been in the book). The narrative is full of crossed-out words and other quirkiness that doesn’t make the reading experience any easier. Reading Shatter Me was tiring. After a while I started reading faster, so I could just get past all the metaphors and just get on with the story.
The story was fun. You know, there isn’t much to work with – the planet is screwed since we polluted her too much, and it seems as if some weird military guys are in power now. They control the food supply, and want the ordinary peoples to behave like sheep. Of course Julliette tries to get out of the clutches of the military dudes and is well on her way to save the world. It’s not a very new story, it’s basically standard dystopian meets crazy superpower girl, but I liked reading it nevertheless. The ending packed a twist that really makes me wonder about what direction this series will take.
Don’t trust the weird cover with the white dress. That one has absolutely NOTHING to do with the story. Read a teaser before you buy Shatter Me – crazy writing is crazy.
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.
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