Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm hooked! Now I have to read the entire series. The writing style is sooooo different. You are immersed into the head of Juliette, a young woman who's been living in isolation, prisoner, for almost a year. Her thoughts are erratic and unfiltered. Seeing her thought process makes for a very different type of read. This book really stands out from what's out there right now.

From what I understand, this is a 3 novel, 2 novella series. Dystopian, teen, action and adventure, romance, fantasy. Lovers of Veronica Roth's Divergent series and Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games will enjoy this series.

Set in a time not too far from our own, the planet has been ravaged by the hands of humanity, forcing a new totalitarian type of regime to take over. Living is hard, more like survival and Juliette is caught in the clutches of an unforgiving government, to be used a pawn in their battle. A love interest is quickly introduced (yay!) and you can see the seeds of a possible twisted love triangle slowly emerging.

This book had me eyeing my ereader, itching to get back to it and gave me that "just one more chapter" feeling. I went to bed late and picked it up first thing in the morning.

PARENTAL ADVISORY: Contains violence (blood, fighting, death and firearms) and some sexual tension (no descriptive content but desires are present).

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I have a curse

I have a gift

I am a monster

I'm more than human

My touch is lethal

My touch is power

I am their weapon

I will fight back

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.

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