Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Summary: 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 asThe 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.

Review: Shatter Me is one of those books I heard about, but was never really interested in buying. Maybe it's because I haven't read too many Dystopian books so that genre is still up in the air for me. I finally did though and I'll admit it was pretty dang good. The story was interesting and Shatter Me is like a Paranormal/Dystopian story which was cool. I thought overall the story was done very well. The few other Dystopian reads I've found had the main characters on the outside of the crazy corrupt organization, and at some point trying to destroy it from the inside. Juliette was on the inside to begin with. Granted, she was a prisoner, but that was another aspect that made Shatter Me so good to read. I wasn't sure if the scratched out text was going to annoy me or not, but I think it worked in the book's favor. I liked the effect it had. The only thing really keeping me from giving Shatter Me a perfect score are the characters. I didn't like Juliette or Adam to be honest. I related to Juliette to an extent as she dealt with a bit of loneliness and she seemed to be a little (a lot) OCD. I don't think I would be diagnosed with OCD, but I like to count things the way Juliette does. Maybe I'll like her more in book 2 when she comes more into her abilities and she can explore herself more. That'll be fun. Why don't I like Adam? I just don't. From the moment you're introduced to him I felt something pushing me away from him. Hopefully I'll like him later. I did enjoy reading Kenji and James. Hopefully nothing will happen to them like another popular Dystopian book, but it probably will as they're secondary characters and they're expendable. Meh. Overall, this was a solid read. It didn't live up to the hype to me, but again that's just because I didn't gel with Juliette or Adam. It's still definitely worth the read and I'll for sure be checking out book 2.

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