Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi 
Published by Harper Collins 
Date Published: November 15, 2011 
Rating: 5/5
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.
This book is amazing UTTERLY FANTASTIC.
I can’t can’t can’t recommend it enough. Okay, I’ll stop that. But I am 100% serious. Let me give you a play-by-play of my emotions whilst reading this book.
Page 1: Okay. I am certainly intrigued.
Page 3: Okay, I am REALLY intrigued.
Page 12: O_O
Page 20: I... I think I’m in love with the writing. (It really didn’t take me that long to feel that way, just by then I was so overwhelmed by the beauty of it.)
Page 42: I... I think I’m in love with Adam. (It really didn’t take me that long to feel that way, just by then I was so overwhelmed by the beauty of him.)
Page 48: Wait... WHAT?! From here until page 200, I tweeted nonsensical things involving random words being thrown together in order to form praise. (I think ‘holy amazemeat balls was my strangest.)

Now where to start? Maybe the characters?
Juliette EASILY makes one of my top favorite heroines EVER. There were so many moments where I wanted to jump through the pages and hug her for her amazingness. She is astoundingly tough and does NOT relent even though they have tried to break her for the past 264 days. Like WHOA. Especially her snarky conversations with Warner. Which brings me to Warner. Warner, you one crazy, uh, guy. I totally had my Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List moments with him, but in the end, I loved him. You know, in the way people like to watch as they drive by accident scenes or crazy speech-giver people on the street make fools of themselves.
Now we come to Adam. Adam Adam Adam. All I can really say is: page 183. If you want more, page 183-190. Just beautiful flawless astounding amazing perfect sublime simply divine. Lastly, I feel the need to mention Kenji. HAH! I love this guy. Every word he says is pure gold and cracks me up to no end.

Now, the writing. Have you read The Book Thief? If you have, you’ll understand this. If not, what is wrong with you?! ( This book uses literature, language and imagery like most people use air. It’s that kind of usage that made me want to write and cultivated my love for reading.

Here are some favorites: (yes, yes, I know I’m not supposed to quote directly from ARCs, but come on! This is AMAZING, PEOPLE!!! Love you, Harper!!) “I am nothing but novocaine. … I am a whisper that never was.” “I realize I’m paying attention to nothing but the dandelions blowing wishes in my lungs.” I’ll stop with two, but do you not see the beauty?! Okay one more, this one is a partial, but the complete WORD NERD in me had a freak out at “the lackadaisical ennui of a sun”. I believe that during my nonsensical tweeting stage, I said something along the lines of willing to make a sacrifice to heathen gods in order to be able to write like that. Take my exaggerations for what you will.

You should must read this.
On November 15, you have a date. It’s at your local bookstore.
Relatedly, is it November 2012 yet?


  1. YESSSSSS ISN'T THIS THE BEST BOOK EVER?! #AchingForAdam #WildForWarner I NEEEED 2012!!!! <3

  2. Wow - what a review!! :) I just ordered this for my library and I'm looking forward to reading it!

  3. Your review has made me want to read this STRAIGHT AWAY! I MUST have!! But I have to wait till November =(. Awesome review!! Can't wait

  4. I requested this book today from Harper and now I am REALLY hoping I will get it. Nice review.

  5. I love this review. Seriously. I cannot wait any longer to read this book.

  6. Oh man your review has sold me. I HAVE GOT TO READ THIS BOOK. I have to wait till November? GAHHH!!!! :P

  7. i want to read this so bad and this awesome review has just confirmed it for me!

  8. Okay, this is the first review that I've read for this book and I admit that I'm very curious now. Can't wait to read this one!