With the recent release of Unravel Me (Shatter Me) by Tahereh Mafi, I thought I would review another favorite, the first in the series, Shatter Me.
Tahereh Mafi's Shatter Me is a breathe of fresh air in the all-too-crowded dystopian/romance genre. First off, the canter and pace is very unique different from a lot of the other books out today. The book opens with Juliette, our narrator and main character telling her story of her constant isolation and loneliness from humanity and the curse of her deadly touch in a very stream of conscious sort of way. Mafi uses scratched out thoughts throughout as Juliette changes her words, making us feel like we're actually inside of her mind, hearing her thoughts and feelings or reading her private and personal journal.
We being our story with 17-year old Juliette confined to a cell, imprisoned for nearly a year for a murder by her deadly touch, a place where she can do no harm. In enters Adam, a boy about her age who she can't quite understand. Is he safe? What is his motive? Will she kill him? He definitely is not what he seems. And what of Warner? He seems like the bad guy, but is he really? Does he just want to help?
This is a story of a girl who develops as a person and character so much throughout the pages. She goes from a shy, quiet and weak character to a strong and capable young woman. She also finds herself and realizes that there is something worth fighting for...and from. Once she realizes how powerful she can be, she needs to decide what role she is willing to play in this game - weapon or warrior. This book and series is definitely worth the read!