Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is the first amazing surprisingly different book in the Juliette Chronicles.
Juliette has been locked up for 264 days. She hasn’t spoken in her 264 days of isolation and it has been 6,336 hours since she’s touched another human being. She didn’t know about her power curse until she tried to help killed a little boy in the supermarket. She didn’t know what would become of her that she’d be locked up for almost a year, forgotten waiting to be used as a weapon…
Nobody knows why 17 year-old Juliette’s touch is lethal and nobody wants anything to do with her, which is until The Reestablishment thinks she would be useful. But is there a person people out there who aren’t affected by Juliette’s touch? Is this just a coincidence that they’re immune to her power curse?
What if the only person Juliette can trust is someone on the side of The Reestablishment? Will she put all her faith in them, or live the rest of her life used controlled by the people who want to use her powers for evil?
I really enjoyed loved Shatter Me. I like how Tahereh Mafi uses strikethroughs crosses out some of the words because it really gives the reader an idea of what Juliette is really thinking and what she thinks she shouldn’t be thinking. Really, we all think this way, so it seems ingenious logical to write this way.
I could either love or hate all the characters in the book, which is what a good story needs – characters that we feel sympathetic towards and characters who we want to be defeated. I find Juliette a really interesting character to be following and I always wonder how she will cope with certain situations.
But at the same time, sometimes how Juliette dealt with certain situations annoyed me, because in books I really want a strong character that I can admire for what they do. In some parts of the book I felt that way, but for most of it I thought Juliette was a bit weak.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and I was intrigued from the very first sentence. I can’t wait to read Unravel Me! I’d give Shatter Me a score of 8.5 out of 10.