review · young adult

Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi

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Blurb:” I have a curse
           I have a gift
I am a monster
I’m more than human
My touch is lethal
         My touch is power
I am their weapon
         I will fight back.
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.”

Shatter Me has been on my TBR for many years. I finally got around to reading it because a friend of mine recently did and demanded I read it (she’s not normally wrong with her book choices). All I can say is, I’m so glad she told me to read this book.

If anyone ever asks me why I love reading Young Adult fiction so much, I will direct them to this book. I don’t often read dystopian (aside from The Divergent Series) so I wasn’t sure how I would tackle this book. The format takes place as the opening few lines of the blurb: a mix of text and crossed out text. I think this was a very good move, it kept you hooked in the slow moving sections as you weren’t entirely sure whether to trust the narrator or not: Is she really locked up for having the power to kill with a single touch? Or is she in a mental institute and believes this to be true?

There’s was something so simple, yet so engaging with the writing and there were many brilliantly crafted lines that I had to take a moment and think I wish I could write something like that.

As I delved further into this book, I wasn’t really sure where it was going to go. (I was aware going into it that it is a trilogy) But there is a nice twist that answered all the questions I’d been building up over the pages. When I’d put this book down for the final time, I wanted to run to my nearest book store and get the second installment. Sadly, I have too many books on my TBR to get through.

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