Thursday 23 February 2012

A Review for Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Taherah Mafi

Posted by Donna
Published Date: November 15th, 2011
Finished Date: January 8th, 2012
Publishers: HarperCollins
Source: Gifted - 2012 TBR Reading Challenge
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 338
The Blurb from Goodreads: 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.
The Review: “Hope is hugging me, holding me in its arms, wiping away my tears and telling me that today and tomorrow and two days from now I will be just fine and I'm so delirious I actually dare to believe it.” - Juliette

Shatter Me was one of the first books I read at the start of the year and even though it’s 2 months later and I’m only just writing this review now, this book is still in my head because it was just absolutely amazing!

I know you all know what this book is about so I won’t go into details about the plot but I have to admit, I really struggled with the first 50 pages. The writing style was hard to get into and although I enjoyed reading it because it was something completely different, I was just waiting for when something happened. I wanted Juliette to get out of the cell she was sharing with Adam. But once that happened…! The story went from okay to BRILLIANT and I even went and re-read the first few pages and found I enjoyed it all the more the second time around. As the story progresses the writing style gets better and better and it’s really about Juliette coming out of her shell and trying to face the world. It’s really is a beautiful journey to read about.

Adam really stole the show for me during this book and without him, it just wouldn’t have been the same. He’s a mystery and as the story unravels - the more things he reveals about his life. I loved the fact that he’s done everything to get to Juliette…..his journey was all for her and it really shows how much he cares and loves her.

The story itself was action packed, exciting and dangerous. It’s full of heart-breaking and emotional scenes and the whole story was captivating and completely compels you until the very end.

A must read for 2012 and I cannot wait to read more with Unravel Me in 2013.

Favourite Quotes:

“He whispers, "You have no idea how much I've thought about you. How many times I've dreamt"-he takes a tight breath- "how many times I've dreamt about being this close to you." He moves to run a hand through his hair before he changes his mind. Looks down. Looks up. "God, Juliette, I'd follow you anywhere. Your the only good thing left in this world.” – Adam
"My face is in his hands and my lips are at his lips and he's kissing me and I'm oxygen and he's dying to breathe." - Juliette


Hazal said...

There are dozens of dystopian thrillers popping up everywhere, following in the brilliant footsteps of the Hunger Games, but I think it's hard to separate the awesome and the mediocre just from their synopsis'. Great review!!

Sam (Realm of Fiction) said...

Great review, Donna! This book blew me away and I really can't wait to read the next book. It's a shame it's so long away! But hopefully the wait will be worth it. ;)

Jennifer said...

*Sigh* Adam was amazing. I just read and reviewed Shatter Me and loved it so much! Great review :)

Carina said...

I'm really glad you loved it! Within a few pages I was completely in love with this writing style and I hate having to wait so long for the next book! :D

Great review, thanks for sharing! :)


Rubita said...

I liked the way that Mafi used a sort of internal dialog method of narrating. It made so much sense, especially given Juliette's long incarceration. She did a kick-butt job of portraying a heroine who was slightly off-kilter, but still in possession of her humanity, despite all the miseries of her life.

Danny said...

I'm just right now listening to the audio version of Shatter Me and I'm in awe!! The writing is so emotional, deep and wonderful! And I totally know what you mean, some books just stick a little longer in your head than others...
I adore the quotes you picked - they made me tear up all over again..

Erin W. said...

Great review! I'm really glad you loved this book too. And Adam . . . now there's someone worth swooning over!

Ang said...

Great review! I got this book for my birthday and I loved it as well. Adam is amazing and the story is excellent. I just wish the sequel was out now!

Andrea @ Cozy Up said...

Great review. I was actually kind of scared to read this one because of all the amazing reviews it was getting, but wow was the hype right about this book! I'm glad you loved it. I can't believe we have to wait until 2013 for Unravel Me, the wait is killing me!!

Anna @ Literary Exploration said...

I absolutely loved the CRAP out of this book!!! It was so amazing and so awesome and so OMG! :D

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Author Sherry Gammon said...

Hmm...looks good. Great review, Thanks!

layen said...

Lovely review. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

I really should get a copy of this book. It has been receiving positive reviews almost everywhere I look! But the long wait for the sequel is actually making me think twice about reading it...

Lisa 'Li-li' Harwood said...

Great review!! I really want to read this book, and after reading this review, I want to read it more than ever =)

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OMG! I love so much this book! I can´t stop read it! It was so 
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Great Review! ♥ Thanks a lot! 

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