TW: Confinement (forced), Death, Gun violence, Suicidal thoughts, Torture (not graphic), Violence
A book review for Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, A traumatized 17-year-old girl, having been locked away and abused all because of her lethal touch.
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
a fragile teenage girl is held captive. Locked in a cell by The Reestablishment, a harsh dictatorship in charge of a crumbling world. But Juliette is no ordinary teenager- one touch from her can kill.
The Reestablishment wants to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has other plans. After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovered the strength to fight back – and to find a future with the one person she thought she’d lost forever.
Published November 15, 2011
Page count 338
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She is a seventeen-year-old girl and one tough from her can kill. When Juliette was fourteen, she was taken away from her parents and was thrown into an mental asylum. Where she was alone and got little amount of food. She found comfort by writing in her journal and looking out the only window she had. Juliette was unstable for being isolated so long and also getting tested for all kinds of different things by doctors in her past. One day she gets a cellmate named Adam. She remembers this guy from somewhere. Anyway eventually The Reestablishment helps her to leave her cell/room and she gets introduced to the cruel leader, Warner. She remembers Adam was a childhood friends of her in her past and also finds out that he works for Warner. Even though Juliette got out of isolation Warner wants her to do things she fears the most.
Fight or kill, are her only options.
When I started this book, I was scared if I would like it. It was going to be the first fantasy book that I’ve read and I didn’t know if I would love it and understand it completely. I wanted to read this series because the story appealed to me. So I did, and I loved it! I think the story is so well thought about and so detailed. Where the story took place was also really great to read about, because I've never read about anything like that. It reminded me a little bit of divergent.
Juliette is an interesting person, and it broke my heart when I read about what she’s been through because of her lethal touch. I honestly think she has the best intentions and wants the best for everyone. When she was locked up by The Reestablishment because of what she can do and she was alone for 264 days, that was so sad. She was alone and didn’t have anyone to talk to, until Adam. He became her cellmate; I loved that because she had someone to talk to and wasn’t alone anymore. Juliette deserved better than what happened to her.
To be honest, I liked Adam in this book because he was so sweet, he also cared a lot about Juliette and wanted the best for her. I didn’t hate Adam because he was a good guy, but he wasn’t really interesting to me. He was just a sweet character we’re Juliette found comfortable with. The interesting person in this book was the popular Aaron Warner.
Warner did do some fucked up shit in this book, don’t get me wrong, but he was just so interesting to me. He was obsessed with Juliette and I wanted to know why, because it wasn’t only because of what she could do. He was more fascinated by her than just her powers. He was a psychopath in this book but I also really believe when he said he wanted to help Juliette with her powers. And why was he the way he was? I mean he was only 19 and already so cruel. What did he go through that he turned out like that? There was just something really interesting about him that made me like him more than Adam. This is kinda weird because he was psycho and Adam was sweet hihi.
Anyway, the one thing that I didn’t understand was, why Warner locked Juliette up for 264 days. Why did he do that when he was so fascinated by her? She was so miserable during that time and he saw that. Maybe I will find out in the next books or novellas, I hope so.
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Long story short, this book was amazing, and I liked it more than I thought I would. I would recommend this book to everyone. Even if you’ve never read a fantasy book or any book at all I recommend Shatter me. It is so good with an original story in my opinion. If you’ve ever read a fantasy book or divergent and you loved it, this series/book is for you.
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