Ever since I joined the Goodreads and ‘Bookstagram’ communities, more and more books have slowly, but surely, been added to my ever-growing To Be Read list.
The ‘Shatter Me’ series, by author Tahereh Mafi, was one of two series that haunted me the most. Practically every second post was about the release of the latest instalment, or someone had just recently discovered it.
It got to a point where I wanted to see what all the fuss was about – And I was not disappointed.
Shatter Me, the first of (so far) five books in the series of the same name, follows Juliette Ferrahs, who is broken, alone, and is tortured by her abilities – a lethal touch.
Her story starts off with us being introduced to our protagonist, who happens to be locked up in an asylum for something that wasn’t her fault. Taking place in a practically-post-apocalyptic dystopian world, Juliette is questioning everything – even her own sanity and motives.
Considering that, generally, most dystopian series have a tendency to focus a lot on the world building, Mafi offers readers a change of pace with her creative use of similes and metaphors – which has a unique way of bringing the character to life.
Despite focussing somewhat excessively (obsessively?) on the romantic scenes, or on Adam Kent – a boy who not only knows Juliette from a childhood long forgotten, but who has the privilege of being the only person who can bear her lethal touch.
Personally, I get a bit nauseated when there’s too much of a focus on romance in novels, but I could sort of try to understand where Juliette was coming from – Would we not react and think in similar fashion, had we been in her position?
Then along comes Warner, who (Spoiler Alert) may or may not be a lot more like Adam than what you’d think.
Also, Juliette’s fascination with a bird from outside her prison walls appealed to my animal-loving heart.
The plot is solid, with a steady pacing, and I enjoyed every page of it. With no cliffhanger leaving me itching for the next instalment, Shatter Me did leave me curious enough to buy book two, namely “Unravel Me.
With a steady plot, and fantastic work on character building, Tahereh Mafi’s “Shatter Me” deserves a 3.5 out of 5 rating.
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.