Review + Excerpt: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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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.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.

Overall Thoughts:
Epic. Epic! EPIC!

Shatter Me is a Dystopian novel about 17 year old Juliette Ferrars, who has the ability to kill people with a single touch. Because of this, she's had an extremely tough life. No one, not even her parents, wanted to be around her because they thought she was a monster. She's never had a friend. She's never been cared for. She's never even been loved. When the story starts, Juliette is in an asylum and has been there for 264 days in counting. Then, she gets a new roommate. A boy named Adam Kent. This isn't just any boy, Juliette has known this boy since the 3rd grade. He was the closest thing she's ever had to a friend. He protected her when no one else would. He watched over her when people were afraid of her. He wanted her when she felt so unwanted... all without saying a single word to her. But what happens when she's put in a solitary room with a boy she's known for most of her life, who's now a man with rugged tattoos and a secret agenda?

What I liked about this book:
This book was so intense and exhilarating that I literally had to force myself to put it down to sleep. It's one of the best books I've read in a while! It sucked me in from the very first line, and the world just faded away. It had everything! Fast paced. Full of action and adventure. BELIEVABLE love triangle. And so much more! I especially loved how some words and sentences were scratched out, like how you see on the cover. Juliette seemed to scratch out the words she felt the most. I've never seen this technique ever before in a book, and I thought it was so creative and unique!

What I disliked about this book:

The writing style was a bit different, i.e. weird spacing and lack of commas, but I didn't mind that at all. 

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a thrilling, dramatic, unique read that will keep them in suspense well after you've finished the novel!

The next book is Unravel Me and it comes out in 2013, and I want to cry.



I am not insane. I am not insane. I am not insane.
I am not insane. I am not insane. I am not insane.
I am not insane. I am not insane. I am not insane.
I am not insane. I am not insane. I am not insane.
I am not insane. I am not insane. I am not insane.
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Carmen Shaw


Carmen N. Shaw is currently a biology major at Georgia State University. She is the owner and developer of the book blog, Understanding Carmen's Story.


  1. So glad you enjoyed this one, Shae! I thought it was fantastic!

  2. Wow this a great review! I've had this book for forever but haven't started it yet, now I can't wait! :)

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  3. I love this book! Great review. I agree with the "Believable Love Triangle"- TheUnseelieNerd
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