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.
Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 9 hours and 12 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Publisher: Harper Audio
Audible.com Release Date: November 15, 2011
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Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (November 15, 2011)
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I hadn't planned on reading Shatter Me. Abigaile already reviewed it for the blog, and I don't read a lot of what we've already reviewed (for obvious reasons). But after Abigaile's amazingly positive review followed by the constant praise on Twitter and other blogs, I decided I needed to see what all the hype was about. I was COMPLETELY blown away.
As in many other books, the story in Shatter Me is good. The characters are interesting and loveable/hateable. The mystery of what is actually going on, keeps you engaged and turning the pages, wondering what will happen next. There are plot twists and turns, and many things you don't see coming. I liked Juliette, though at times she was frustrating. It's hard for me to read about a girl who can be....mousey at times. But if you think about what her life has been like, you realize that she is absolutely what she should be. Adam is just.....yes. I've definitely added him to my list of top YA guys. DEFINITELY! I loved to hate Warner. He's the perfect villain, filled with evil, but also a complexity that makes you question why he is the way he is. I loved it all.
In the hands of any other author, this book would be great. I would love it. It would go on the list of all the other great books I've read this year, enjoyed, then put away. But in the hands of Tahereh Mafi, this story transcends anything in it's genre. I have never in my life been moved by the words of an author the way that Tahereh moved me with the beautifully crafted sentences that she created to tell this story. This girl can write. Her words are dripping with imagery and symbolism. She takes a simple act, like riding in an elevator, or walking down the hall, or kissing a boy :) and turns it into something you feel with every fiber of your being. The simple romance in Shatter Me is transformed into a tension that breaks your heart, catches your breath, and make your head spin. It's simply intoxicating.
If you haven't had the chance to immerse yourself in the beautiful writing of Tahereh Mafi, you don't know what you're missing.
Make sure you check out our review with Tahereh here!
Wondering if you'll like the writing style? Read the first chapter here!
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Will I buy it?
YES! YES, A THOUSAND TIMES, YES!
Book or Audio:
I'm going to have to go with AUDIO!
- Sexual Content: Heavy sexual tension
- Profanity: Heavy
- Violence: Moderate
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