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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Book Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062085484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062085481

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 asThe 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.

My thoughts:
First of all I must say that Tahereh Mafi is my new favorite author.
Out of all of the books I have ever read, she is the best one.
Well, that is just my opinion. But I am pretty sure that once you read Shatter Me
you might actually agree with me. 
Which brings me to my second point: Shatter Me was the best book I have ever read.
Yes, I know. Some of you might find this kind of hard to believe since here lately
I have been loving every single book I pick up, but honestly I guess I have just been lucky.
The last couple of books I read before Shatter Me were yes, very very very good,
but Shatter Me devoured me. At some points my jaw was actually hanging open and I re-read some pages before I could fully grasp the amazingness that Tahereh Mafi 
gave birth to on those pages. 
(Graphic, yes. But you get the idea)
 And don't even get me started on how well she developed the characters.
I could be writing this review forever, and well that doesn't exactly fit into my schedule.
So I think I rather stick to my plan of attacking people until they agree to read Shatter Me... Alright, well maybe I will say a little bit on what I thought of the characters.
Juliette is so kickbutt, UGH.
It made me feel like a huge wimp and yet at the same time I freaking loved it.
Oh my goodness. I can't even begin to describe how awesome Juliette is.
And ah, well then there is Adam.
I'm pretty sure Blogger will not be able to contain how much I love Adam.
Plus, I'm afraid all of you reading this might think I'm some freaky fan girl that might
make this into the next Twilight fad and have his name all of my clothes.
Just no.
 But to put it a nutshell: I love Adam Kent. 
I think mostly because he reminds me of one of my best friends, so it makes the story 
seem that a little bit more real (which I am aware it is completely impossible for it to be real but whatever), and yeah because Tahereh Mafi did a really great job of making him sound like the hottest man on Earth. Especially since he has full tattooed sleeves on each arm. (Yes I am one of those weirdo girls who find tattoos extremely attractive on a man)
Anyway, enough about Adam. 
I'm SURE you'll get the full picture whenever you read  Shatter Me. 
Onward to the other characters:
Tahereh Mafi made each and every character perfect.
Even the characters that only said five words I could perfectly imagine 
what they would look like. 
Okay well I did exactly what I thought I would do and I got carried away with the characters... 
But I have a great idea, IF you already own Shatter Me read it right now.
Just go read it. 
If this review didn't convince you to read it, then I honestly don't know what else to say.
But I may or may not come attack you until you read it. 

THANK-YOU Tahereh Mafi for writing my new favorite book!
Seriously, I will re-read it forever.
And I cannot even express how badly I want the sequel in my hands right now.
It keeps me up at night.
Thinking about the sequel. 

Profanity - Extreme
Violence - Heavy
Other - Moderate

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  1. I was already dying to read this one..and after your review, I've been resurrected and I am dying all over again to READ THIS BOOK!! I'm glad it was amazing!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    *runs off to search blogosphere for Shatter Me contests to enter!* :D

  2. Yay, glad to hear Shatter Me is amazing, because I. Am dying. For it to COME. OUT!!!!

    So cool you have a new favorite book now! Hoping this will be my new fave read, too. Dystopian IS my favorite genre, so...Gah, I want this book now!! *wails, bangs head softly on wall*

    Anyway, I have the feeling this one will be worth the wait. :D

  3. Ok, you totally have me DYING to read this! So many awesome reviews around... if only I had a copy, I'd probably be reading it right now!

  4. I love how totally fan-girl that review is :D
    I think I may have to add it to my list after that lol

  5. Ok, you've totally convinced me to read this book!!

  6. My mom had gotten this from her work and it was just a white paperback with the author and title. After reading it I had the same reaction I love James! :) amazing book

  7. I got a copy of it this weekend. I might have to put down Scorpio Races and pick this one up instead now!

  8. why do we have to wait till NOVEMBER to read it. sigh. can't wait. sounds incredible!!! =)

  9. AGREED! I 100% agree with you about Shatter Me. It is incredible and fantastic and Tahereh Mafi blew my mind. I read it, then reread, then reread so many parts. In fact, I may go reread some right now because you made me miss it.

    And yeah, I love Adam too. I'm with you about the tattoos - they make him even more attractive. But then, I find Warner to be very attractive as well. I'll admit it, I like Warner even more than Adam. Now tell me that's not messed up?

  10. Oh Jeez. Now my expectations are HIGHER. WAY HIGHER.

    Why can't it come out tomorrow?!?! ):

  11. Now that's what I call a great review! Even though the storyline sounds a little sad, your review has convinced me of her fabulous ability to take you into the story - now going on my TBR!

  12. I've already read Shatter Me and I swear this article sums up all my thoughts about this book. Tahereh Mafi is absolutely amazing and anyone who says differently is a stuck-up loser. I know there will be bad reviews for this book but I hope the positive comments on it will help make up for it. Most of those reviews will be written by 80 year old professors who think they know good books and what teenagers like, sadly they will fail to see the amazing words of Tahereh Mafi and give her a bad review. All we can hope for is that after grandpa sees the reviews people who this book is made for write he will change his mind and give MIss Mafi the fabulous reveiw she truely deserves.

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  14. I happened to get a copy of this book before it came out and may I say it is absolutely amazing and the author even more so. anyone who can weave such a wonderful story deserves a special award. Tahereh Mafi is without a doubt my favorite author, and her book is the BEST book I have EVER read.


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