Review: Shatter Me

Title: Shatter Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Publisher: Harper

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 338

Juliette’s been locked up for 264 days. Two hundred sixty-four days since she’s talked to anyone, seen anyone, touched anyone. The last time she touched someone, they died. Now, the Reestablishment has plans for her and her power, plans she wants no part of. But how can a monster like her ever be truly free?

I liked this book. At first, it was hard for me to get into because of the frequent lines crossed out and the disjointed way it was written, but once the plot got started, I enjoyed it. I felt for Juliette and her horror and disgust at herself. I loved Warner and how he wanted to use her to his own ends. I also loved his twisted possessiveness over her. I’m less sure about Adam and his intentions. The romance fell a little flat for me as well, but I could see why Juliette fell so hard and so fast. She’s desperate for salvation and love and her love interest seems to be a way to get that.

I admit, I think I would have liked this better a few years ago when I was deep into dystopians. The world in this book is a mess. People starving, animals are dying off, the atmosphere has been destroyed and the weather is out of wack. Because of this, the Reestablishment has taken over and is determined to wipe the slate clean and recreate humanity from the bottom up. We didn’t get a whole lot of them in this book, but the vague outlines were threatening and there.

This was a solidly entertaining read with some good characters and a fun villain. The plot was interesting and moved along quickly. I enjoyed it.