Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

shatter meFrom GoodReads: 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.






I kept hearing about the Shatter Me series and how I needed to read it or I’d be missing out.  I decided not to read the blurb and just start reading.  I had to adjust to the writing style that is uniquely Tahereh Mafi and it’s not bad by any means but sometimes I felt she was trying too hard to be lyrical and yet, I loved all the striked-out comments.  The content was refreshing that I was able to see past that and I was completely captivated. This is a dystopian story with a sci-fi element that focuses on acceptance and love because at the end of the day, that’s all anyone wants.

I don’t think I’m giving anything away by saying there’s an X-Men feel to this story which is one of the many reasons I enjoyed loved it and  Juliette reminded me of Rogue except she’s much more vulnerable than Rogue ever was.  I wanted her to get lost in her all-consuming darkness, she was almost too good but again, I still enjoyed her character and her journey.  Her journey is filled with sadness, insecurity and a longing to be love which is absolutely heartbreaking.

Two love interests.  Both are fabulous.  One dark.  One light.  The jury is still out on which team I’m on but if I had to take a guess…I might be Team Warner but it’s too soon to tell.  Adam is the guy who loves Juliette since forever and he’s got a slight edge to him that I absolutely loved.  Warner is somewhat scary but I just know he has a story waiting to be told. I’m hoping that’s he’s evil with nothing but rainbows pouring out of his heart.  I could totally be wrong on that one but it’s a gamble I might be willing to take.

“Hope is hugging me, holding me in its arms, wiping away my tears and telling me that today and tomorrow and two days from now I will be just fine and I’m so delirious I actually dare to believe it.” 

This book is seriously fantastic despite a few of my concerns.  Now I will be starting Destroy Me (#1.5) next, stay tuned! ;)



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