Book Review: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

shattermeName: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Daniela’s Rating: 5 stars

Daniela’s review

I finally did it, I finally read Shatter Me.

This book has been on my radar for a long, long time, but I’ve never had the chance to read it, until now. I’d seen the cover of the books and I was intrigued, but I never actually read the description of the book before reading it, so I was going into it completely blind. I didn’t know what to expect, not from the story or the writing style or anything, beyond what I had heard, which wasn’t that much.

I have a curse.
I’m a monster.
My touch is lethal.
I am their weapon.

Shatter Me is the first book in the series by Tahereh Mafi, which welcomes you to a destroyed world governed by those who call themselves The Reestablishment, who’ve taken everything from the people, who want to control everything and everyone and submit them to their rules. In this dystopian story we found ourselves in a world where hope is almost entirely gone, where people live in fear, with nothing but what they’re given, which isn’t much. Juliette is one of those who’ve lost everything, but not because of them, The Reestablishment. She lost everything the moment her parents gave her away, locked her into an insane asylum and forgot all about her. Their reasons? She’s a monster, an abomination. She killed someone. With her bare skin. Now, after spending 264 days locked away, completely alone, she’s forced to share her room with a boy. Not any boy, but one she remembers from her childhood. One she’s dreamt of all her life. Should she trust him? Should she be scared of him? Does he remember her? Now Juliette has to make some decisions. Follow him and see where he takes her, risk her life and his too, or stay where she is, and be the weapon agains the remaining hope some expect her to be.

“Raindrops are my only reminder that clouds have a heartbeat. That I have one, too.”

Now, here I am, writing my review. This book is something entirely different from what I’ve read before, not because of the story itself, but because of the writing style. I have to admit, it felt a little weird at first, because it was so different from the way authors usually write, but the more I read, the more comfortable I got around it. I started feeling like I was reading somebody’s, Juliette’s, diary, like I was reading her deepest thoughts and secrets, and I realized that’s how someone’s words would normally sound when they’re describing something. With pauses. With metaphors. With questions, doubts. And let’s not leave the story on the side. Everything was incredibly, wonderfully amazing.

“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.”

Now, let’s talk about the characters. Juliette, what an amazing girl you are. I love how good she is, even after being feared and hated for the people she’s always known. Being inside of her head is definitely an unique journey, because it feels like you’re part of it, the way she thinks is completely natural and easy to relate. She’s scared all the time, and it can get a bit difficult to deal with from time to time, but her circumstances make it impossible for her not to be afraid, so you need to learn (and you do, at least I did) to understand her. She’s strong and capable of amazing things, and not just because of her horrible gift. She has a lot to offer to the world.

Then we have beautiful, and patient, and gorgeous blue eyed Adam. From the moment he showed up, he’s been giving me butterflies. His goodness and sweetness is so remarkable. I love him so, so, oh-so much. He’s the kind of guy that deserves all kinds of happiness. The way he feels towards Juliette, his love is pure pure pure and beautiful.

And then, we have Warner. Warner who’s all kinds of bad. Warner who’s a monster, a murderer. Warner who’s obsessed with Juliette. Or is he in love? Warner who’s intriguing and frustrating and maddening. Warner. You need to read this to understand who he is and what he can be to you.

This story includes a bunch of secondary characters that are as important as the main characters. Kenji, Castle, James. I love stories that make it so that without the secondary characters, the story wouldn’t be the same. I just can’t wait to get more of these characters and I can’t wait to learn more about their stories.


Buy Link: Amazon

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