Published November 15, 2011
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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.
I absolutely adored the writing style in Shatter Me, it was absolute perfection. I loved that as a reader, I didn't miss out on a single emotion or thought that was going through the main character, Juliette's, head. The story was told in first person from Juliette's point of view and I've read other books with a first person narration, but oh my goodness the voice in the book made me feel like I was Juliette at times. Mafi let us see everything that the main character was thinking and feeling, nothing was held back.
I also love how some words and phrases were repeated to emphasize the importance of what we being said. Another unique aspect of the writing style was that sometimes phrases were crossed out. The crossed out parts were what she was really thinking, but not wanting to admit to herself, just extremely raw and oh so perfect! And along with all the metaphors I was in nerd heaven!
The main character, Juliette was an incredibly strong and selfless heroine who just wanted to be 'normal'. While growing up she lived with her neglectful parents and was taken out of school after an incident a couple years before the book begins. We're first introduced to Juliette while she's in the insane asylum and has had no human contact in over two hundred and sixty four days. I can't even imagine how lonely and just down she must have felt. I don't want to give anything away because one of the best parts of this book are all the surprises at every turn of the page. I will say she only spends the beginning part of the story in the asylum, so don't worry about not getting your adventure fix!
There was also a very, very loving and flipping gorgeous guy in Shatter Me, but like I just said I don't want to even give a name or anything like that because I was a little surprised, with well... things. (Read it and you'll know what I'm talking about!)
I seriously didn't see the ending coming! I was literally so mesmerized by this book that when I went to go look at the next page I read 'Acknowledgments' and was like 'uh, what? Wait a second... Nooooo! It can't be over!' I also loved where the events of the story took our characters and the fact that I didn't ever know what was coming next!
"Hate looks just like everybody else until it smiles. Until it spins around and lies with lips and teeth carved into the semblance of something too passive to punch."
Shatter Me is an absolutely incredible book about a girl who just wants to be accepted for who she is. It's jammed packed with adventure, romance and heart-pounding suspense.