Review: SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)SHATTER ME
Tahereh Mafi

342 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: November 15th, 2011
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

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.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel

    Shatter Me shattered me. Shattered my brain, shattered my senses, shattered my emotions. It threw me here and there and there and here. I was struggling to pick up the pieces of my brain running in different emotions.

  Shatter Me is worth every word. Every period, every number, every letter debut author Tahereh Mafi threw down was perfect, articulate, poetic. It makes me want to read it all over again. It made me trip when I tried walking away, it glued me to the floor when I picked it up again.

  That is the beauty of Shatter Me. And there’s only one way to experience it for yourself.

  Tahereh Mafi weaves a tale with the most descriptive prose, the most elegant of metaphors, and the most beautiful words. Her writing takes the cake, the most scrumptious of cakes, mind you. Juliette’s story will keep you at the edge of your seat, tears at the edge of your eyelids. You won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough. When they say its The Hunger Games meets the X-Men, they mean it.

  The story: Juliette has been locked up for 264 days. The story opens with her being assigned a new cellmate, little does she know, this cellmate is more than just another might-be-insane boy. Days later, she’s forced, with a gun pressed against her back, out of her cell and thrown into glory. Every dress imaginable, more food than she can ever stomach, and a luxurious room all for herself. But of course, there’s a catch – the Reestablishment wants her to use her power, her curse, her gift, for them. She’ll be their weapon, or she’ll be her own.

  When I say you have to pick up Tahereh Mafi’s electrifying debut when it shelves, I mean it. Shatter Me is the definition of unputdownable at its best.

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    November 4, 2011

    Haha. I loved your review! Glad you liked it it's really a fun book I look forward to finding out what's going to happen. The end was very exciting.

    Xpresso Reads

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    Mary (BookHounds Jacobs

    November 4, 2011

    Excellent review! I have only 20 pages left. I was crying by page nine, then spent the last part of the book running. Amazingly, beautiful writing. sigh.

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    Rummanah Aasi

    November 4, 2011

    You have me sold! I can't wait to read this one. Did you know the film rights have already been sold to Fox?

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    Lauren M

    November 4, 2011

    I completely agree! Shatter Me was AMAZING and poetic. :) Great review, Hafsah!

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    November 4, 2011

    *weeps* Your review makes me remember all those emotions i felt when i read this book. This book is the BOMB!

    Great, great, great, GREAT review, Hafsah!

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    November 4, 2011

    What a gorgeous review! I loved it as well. The writing absolutely blew me away! And I love that she made is SO different from anything else out there.

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    Carrie at In the Hammock Blog

    November 5, 2011

    wow!! you make this one sound awesome!! i will have to check it out, i had kinda dismissed it as more of the same before now

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    A Canadian Girl

    November 5, 2011

    Ahh, I keep seeing amazing reviews for this one and it's making me want to get my hands on a copy. It's too bad I have to wait until Nov. 15!

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    November 5, 2011

    Awesome, awesome review! I cannot wait to give this one a go. I'm even more intrigued now! Sadly, I'll have to wait for Christmas, but I'll be ordering it as soon as possible, that's for sure!

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    November 6, 2011

    I swear, that girl is the metaphor QUEEN! Sometimes, figurative language like that can get overwhelming when used as much as she used metaphors but they totally worked. Awesome book.

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    November 6, 2011

    Ahhh, I love this book. LOVE. Great review.

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    November 7, 2011

    I'm always wary of over hyped books. Glad to hear that you think that this one was worth it though. I might just move it up my queue.

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    Michelle @ Book Briefs

    November 7, 2011

    I love your review of shatter me. I especially love your first line. Can I quote or paraphrase you in my review? I would give you credit and link back to your of shatter me as well. if not I totally understand. I just wanted to ask before I wrote my review. :)

    chelle2006 @

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    Asheley (@BookwormAsheley)

    November 8, 2011

    “Shatter Me is worth every word.” = YEP.
    So wonderful. I was blown away. This book was absolutely deserving of ALL of the hype it got!

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    November 8, 2011

    Woah, this review! So well written! As if I could want this book any more!

    In other news, guess who won my Clockwork Prince ARC giveaway…

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    November 8, 2011

    I love the first line of your review. I haven't heard a single negative thing on this one, so I'll have to check it out.

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    Amanda Welling

    November 11, 2011

    Ah, I;m so jealous that you got this one! LOL I can't wait for it to come out in a few days!

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    Book Flame

    November 11, 2011

    I'm currently reading Shatter Me and it hurts to even have to put the book down to go deal with real life…lol this book is beyond amazing.

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    Denise Z

    November 15, 2011

    I have been stalking Shatter Me. I would love to read it and I thank you for your thoughtful review I cannot wait to read this “unputdownable” book :)

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    November 15, 2011

    Wow! If I hadn't already wanted to read the book before reading your review, I certainly would now. :) I'm even more excited to read it.


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    Arianne Cruz

    November 19, 2011

    I seriously want to read this book!!!!

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    November 22, 2011

    I just got this book in the mail. I'm so eager to start it. Great review. This book sounds so refreshing. Can't wait to dive in!

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    November 23, 2011

    I love itt! I can't wait to begin reading this book! :D

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    Pao Martinez Parente

    December 7, 2011

    Awesome review!! Dying to read this book!

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    January 18, 2012

    I got this book in the mail today! I am so excited to read it,. Plus the cover is just amazing!

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    Chi Kittie

    January 31, 2012

    Wow, such an amazing review on this book. Yes, I felt the same way about Shatter me. I really did not think I would like the book going into it but I was so hooked by the first page. :) I so want to read what comes next.

    – Beckie

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    February 19, 2012

    Loved this book, and completely agree with you, it is unputdownable!!

    I can't believe we have to wait till March of 2013 to get the secong one to the series.

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    The Writer in the Background

    March 7, 2013

    I loved this book to bits! Have you read the sequel yet?