Title: Shatter Me
By: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me Book 1
Publisher: Harper Collins (November 15th, 2011)
My Copy: Advanced Reading Copy from Publisher
About the book:
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.
Shatter Me is a compelling and terrifying look at an alternate reality that is almost plausible. Mafi’s futuristic world strangely resembles our own, and it is realize what a terrifying future this could be. Although this author shows us that in this reality not everyone was accepting of a destroyed future, and found that in the presence of hysteria it is easy to overcome the weak. Our story is told by Juliette, who is a young girl that has lived a life of neglect. Not because she was abused or beaten, but because she is special. After many fatal incidences she was taken away to a asylum where she could no longer hurt anyone with her touch; regardless if everyone of the incidences in her past had been accidents. When a young man is bunked in her cell she finds herself drawn to someone for the first time in her life. While knowing that this friendship has no where to go from here; she learns to enjoy the comfort of a compassionate person even if she can not touch them. Comfort is short lived when a major betrayal will take away everything she has come to enjoy.
Juliette has no idea that she has been a object for various individuals attention for a long time, and they will stop at nothing to find her. When she finds herself in the clutches of a psychotic mad man; she discovered there are things out there far worse than herself. This story was addictive, gruesome, and overwhelming at times; but after starting I knew I had no chance of being able to walk away from this story. Readers will find themselves reading “just a few more pages”, until they barrel through the end of this story. I can not wait to see what the next book as to offer, and this start is opening the door for a fresh and new series that will knock readers off their feet.