Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Why I chose this book: I’ve followed Tahereh Mafi on twitter for a while now, and have heard so much buzz about this series. Almost all of the book bloggers I follow have raved about this trilogy, and they normally have impeccable taste when doing so. With that being said, this book has been sitting in my “to-be-read” pile for a long time, and I finally was able to pick it up. I started it Thursday night, and if I hadn’t been so dang tired I would have finished it in one sitting. Shatter Me was good, damn good. 

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publish Date: November 15, 2011
Format: Kindle
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Dystopian

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

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. (Goodreads)

1. Homegirl knows how to write. 
After finishing this novel, I took to the Internet to see other people’s thoughts, because, the Internet is a mecca for ALL THE OPINIONS. One of the things that surprised me the most was the amount of complaints regarding Mafi’s prose, some even daring to claim that she was nothing but a “purple prose” author. After googling the term and realizing that it was actually a thing, I see where some people might be put off by her flourish-y style of writing. As for me; I loved it! Perhaps it is because I write in a similar style, or it is how I personally perceive thoughts. Regardless, I found the style to fit the character of Juliette perfectly. Mafi appeals to the poet’s soul and writes for readers who dare to scandalously dream. 

2. Stream of consciousness writing. 
I really liked the stylistic choices in the novel. Without giving much away, the novel’s style changes and grows as Juliette does. As the reader, you can see her thoughts change and morph into something far greater. Mafi takes this broken fragment of a girl and transforms her into a weapon of glory. On top of all this, you simply can’t help but love Juliette. The girl’s thoughts are unabashedly honest, and she is as genuine as she is beautiful. 

3. Kick ass female empowerment. 
Above all, what I loved, loved, loved about this book was the overarching theme of female empowerment. So much of Juliette’s life is chosen for her, and she allows it to happen for a large portion of her life. In captivity, men try to rule over her, making her a weapon of destruction. Yet as Juliette realizes her strengths, she takes her power and uses it as a weapon of her own design. No longer is she the girl that allows herself to become a pawn in this dystopian game of misrule. She is creation. She is destruction. She is her own.

4. Steamy lovin’ had by all. 
I won’t lie, one of the things I enjoyed the most was Mafi’s style of writing when it came to writing lovvvvve scenes. For a girl who has spent most of her life unable to touch anyone else she comes in contact with, her thoughts of love and physical tenderness are ridiculously addicting. Each scene is written in a way that isn’t cheesy or uncomfortably distasteful. Like Juliette, they are genuine, filled with pure emotion and passion. 

Final Thoughts: 

There were so many things I loved about this novel. I cannot wait to see where this trilogy goes. Mafi is a brilliant writer and one that I definitely recommend for any bookshelf.

I gave this book five stars on Goodreads. 

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