I have a curse
I have a gift
I am a monster
I’m more than human
My touch is lethal
My touch is power
I am their weapon
I will fight back
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.
First of all: The cover of this book is a piece of art.
Shatter Me follows the story of 17 year old Juliette. Juliette has the ability to draw from peoples’ life force, inevitably killing them. She has been in a mental asylum for accidentally killing a young boy. She writes in her journal everyday, she has no other form of companionship. She has watched from her window the world’s desgruction: almost everyone is poor, birds can’t fly. Scary.
One day, a boy around her age, is let into her room. His name is Adam Kent. She realizes something about him is familiar, but she forgets about it. She teaches him the way of the asylum; such as the good and showering.
One day, the Reestablishment (the government) comes to Juliette’s room. It is revealed that Adam is a part of it at this point. Anyway, the leader of a branch of the Reestablishment, Werner, tells Juliette he will grant her freedom if she allows him to use him as a weapon. Through her agreement she finds out that neither Adam or Werner is affected by her deathly touch..
You can tell when a science-fiction/dystopian book is good. If it seems realistic and it scared you to the point of gasping at regular intervals, it’s a good one. That description is Shatter Me.
The thought of using human beings as weapons really freaks me out. Tahereh Mafi excecuted the plot beautifully. Also, the character development shown is amazing. You can see Juliette grow from an unstable, socially-inept girl into a strong, fierce character.
What really hooked me into this book is the writing style. You know, when you usually read books the grammar is perfect and precise, right? Shatter Me is written in a uniquely addicting manner. It’s written as if the entire thing is Juliette’s journal, with strike throughs and rambling thoughts- which picky English teachers would call “run-on sentences”
I finished this book in one sitting. The only other book I’ve ever done that for is Cinder, by Marissa Meyer. You can check out my review for that here!