Author website: Tahera Mafi
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (November 15, 2011)
"You can't touch me," I whisper.
I'm lying, is what I don't tell him.
He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him.
But things happen when people touch me.
No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her.
Plans to use her as a weapon.
But Juliette has plans of her own.
After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever.
"My life is four walls of missed opportunities poured in concrete molds."
Every time I read that sentence I get a ripple of chills coursing through my body and I am overwhelmed by the myriad of emotions that it elicits. Tahera Mafi has penned a debut novel that is equal parts beauty and savagery. A dystopian/paranormal read whose words will burrow within your mind, envelop your soul and never leave.
Juliette, this story's protagonist is remarkably admirable for she has been subjected to much heartache and cruelty in her young life but instead of letting that defeat and crush her spirit she demonstrates resiliency and fire in the face of absolute evil. This may seem strange since Juliette can’t touch anyone without killing them but trust me, you will not be disappointed in that aspect and how Tahereh demonstrates it. Adam is Juliette's love interest and at first you cannot decide if you can trust him, but as the story unfolds his mystery is revealed and you cannot get enough. Their moments together scorch the page and your heart. Besides having one of the most romantic pairings, Shatter Me also hosts one of the most wicked tyrants I have ever had the pleasure to despise in a long, long time. Warner's depravity and cunning nature is truly disturbing but you cannot deny that he is force that is riveting to behold. His evil smile and vile nature belie his gorgeous physique is the stuff that nightmares are made of.
What is distinctive about this novel is Mafi's use of strike through vocabulary to demonstrate Juliette's inner turbulent dialogue. At first it is a foreign concept that takes a modest amount of time to adjust to and then you find yourself craving these bits of dialogue for it makes you understand her and witness what makes her thrive. What also makes Shatter Me a MUST read is Tahereh’s amazing writing style; it flows well and has a lyrical and poetic quality that is intoxicating. Also the romance between Adam and Juliette has an erotic yet innocent quality that is quite satisfying. The only complaint that I have in regards to this novel is the X-Men type vibe towards the end. I did not favor it at all but that fact will not keep me from reading the next book, not in the least. I can only wait in breathless anticipation.