Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: A book review

Title: Shatter Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Started Date: March 26, 2012

Finished Date: March 31, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars


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.”


It was indeed a wonderful read. Beautifully written. But it was a bit hard for me at first in adjusting to the author’s writing style. It seems she loves metaphors, the book is very poetic. But it was a good thing, and I’ve learned to like her style. That makes it different from other young adult books. It started off like the other dystopian books, Juliette was locked up in a cell because of her ability and then she woke up one day with a new cellmate, Adam. Wow, I really love Adam, he’s so hot! I’m definitely in love with him! LOL! I think he’s the hottest male character that I’ve ever read! He’s on my top list! LOL! And I’m so jealous with Juliette, well she’s lucky that Adam can touch her.

I enjoyed most of the book, especially from page 246 to end, that was the part where Kenji came out. He’s another male character that I like the most, he’s so adorable! He’s the funny guy, and I was swooned by his charm. He made me smile up to the end. Can I have him? LOL! Anyway, I salute the author in creating wonderful characters. Also, I was hooked and amazed by the turn of events where Juliette met others like her with special abilities. It felt like reading superhero books, x-men in particular! I can’t help but compare Juliette with Rogue from X-men.

I’m very excited with the second book! And also with the movie, if it will be turned into one, I’d like to see the actors who will play Adam and Kenji. 😉