Book Review: “Shatter Me” by Tahereh Mafi

***Warning: This review contains spoilers. If you wish to not know what goes on throughout this book, read the synopsis and don’t read any other part of this review.***

Synopsis:

“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.”

Characters:

Juliette Ferrars: the main protagonist. Her touch literally kills you. She has greenish-blue eyes and long, brown hair. She is a very strong girl. She’s seventeen years old.

Adam Kent: a main character and Juliette’s love interest (it was unclear whether this was a love triangle or not). He’s known Juliette for years. He is a soldier. He has dark brown hair, dark blue eyes, and tattoos. He has naturally tan skin, and is eighteen years old. He is immune to Juliette’s touch (which I have a theory about; it will be the in the Theories section).

Aaron Warner: another main character; he is the antagonist. He is in love with Juliette (it’s more like an obsession). He is the leader of a sector of the Reestablishment and showed himself to be a cold and manipulative person.(Personally, I have mixed feelings about him) He has blonde hair, green eyes, and is nineteen years old.

Kenji Kishimoto: A soldier that is friends with Adam; he is a member of Omega Point with the gift of invisibility.

James Kent: He’s a precious cinnamon roll. He’s ten years old and is Adam’s younger brother.

Plot:

The story starts off with Juliette being in the asylum when a man is put in there with her (which turns out to be Adam). Now from the moment he steps into that cell, I shipped those two. I knew he had to be a love interest of some kind. And it turns out, he was, but I am getting ahead of myself.

Juliette was put in there on the count of murder, accidental, but murder just the same. All she did was touch someone and they died. The Reestablishment locked her up and she’s stayed locked up for three years. She isn’t really insane, but isolation and what she did has made her sanity wane a little bit. Now one day, she gets a roommate named Adam Kent.

He was the first person she talked to for three years. Her only companion before that was a small notebook that she wrote her thoughts in. Every night she dreams of a bird with a golden head. That’s significant, so keep that thought filed in your memory for later.

As soon as he gets there, he shoves both his and her beds together with the blankets. She has to sleep on the floor in the cold. She doesn’t say a word to him at first. He does seem familiar to her, but she convinces herself that he couldn’t possibly be that person. She shows Adam what to do so as not to make mistakes and get punished for them.

One day, the Reestablishment decides, “Hey, this girl could actually be useful.” so they let her out and the leader of Sector 45 of the Reestablishment, Aaron Warner, known as simply “Warner”, offers her a deal. He’ll let her out and not have her killed for the murder if she’ll torture people for him with her touch.

It is also revealed that Adam is actually a soldier for the Reestablishment and was being used by Warner for intel and letting him know whether she was insane or useful. She doesn’t feel she has a choice, so she accepts (none too kindly; once again, she had no choice) and she goes to live in the place with Warner and the other soldiers. (I had mixed feelings about Warner’s character.)

Adam becomes her guard. While she’s there, Warner forces her to torture a soldier named Jenkins. Juliette does eventually start dating, but not really dating (complicated) Adam (I was practically screaming when they first kissed; I kept screaming “It’s canon. IT’S FINALLY CANON.”) in secret (Warner would have Adam killed if he found out.)

But before all of that, Adam had retrieved her notebook for her in secret, which caused her to think she could trust him (a wise decision). She makes a deal with Warner to touch him (this masochistic douche wants to know what her touch really feels like) as long as he takes all of the cameras out of her room. She accepts, but never actually touches him (he did take the cameras out).

Juliette learns that Adam was actually a childhood friend of hers and has been in love with her since they were kids. Now, onto darker matters, Warner forces Juliette to have to torture a small child (I wanted to freaking kill that douche canoe for making her do that).

Basically, he locked them into a chamber with dangerous spikes and knives and crap and to save the child, she had to pick him up until the spikes were retracted. She felt ticked off and awful after having to do that. So she is so mad, she punches through a concrete wall (it was pretty badass) and yells at Warner.

So that was basically the last straw for her because when Adam suggests they escape, they hatch a plan. They were meant to wait like a month, but ended up waiting only two weeks. Basically, a false alarm goes off and Adam has to leave when Warner walks in, so Warner uses that to his advantage. He rips her dress all the way up her thigh and forcibly tries to kiss her.

Adam didn’t go with the other soldiers.

He walks in, puts a gun to Warner’s head and threatens to shoot him. They tie him up and break open her window, which causes an alarm to go off. A bunch of soldiers burst in just as Adam goes down the rope they tied to the window. Juliette hesitates and goes for the window, but Warner grabs her ankle (AND NOTHING HAPPENED) and she jerks free and goes to the rope, climbing down before a bunch of the soldiers start reeling her back in.

She jumps and falls into Adam’s arms.

They run and go to this place where Adam’s little brother (James) is and they stay there before a bloody, bruised and shot Kenji (friend of Adam’s and fellow soldier) bursts in. He flirts with Juliette and Adam cleans him up. Basically, the woman in charge of the building of orphaned kids sells them out to Warner and they have to run.

And they do. Adam has Kenji stay with James and Adam and Juliette run. They get caught by Warner who shoots Adam and takes her into some building. He kisses her and Juliette lets him (because she was trying to get the gun out of his jacket) and she shoots him.

She runs while he is down and traces the path of Adam’s blood to a building. She gets in (after blasting the steel wall) and finds him chained. She gets him out, finds Kenji and James and he takes them to a place where they patch up Adam and heal him and basically she can’t go with Adam, so she flips out and passes out.

She wakes up and ends up meeting with the guy who is in charge of the movement (Castle) she’s in (called Omega Point) and he tells her most of the people there have powers and they’ve been trying to overthrow the Reestablishment. She ends up getting to see Adam and the next day she is given a skintight suit that allows her to be able to be around people without hurting them.

The book ends with her pretty much deciding to stay with Omega Point.

Theories:

So regarding Adam being able to touch Juliette, I think it’s because he has powers of his own. He just doesn’t know it yet. I also think this is why Warner can as well. I think the next book will center on the movement, why they can touch Juliette, and Warner’s obsession with finding Juliette. What are your theories? Comment down below!

My Thoughts:

I loved this book. It was such a great read and it was super fast paced. I got through it in like two days. Once I started reading it, I could hardly put it down. I loved the language used in it. Tahereh did a fabulous job writing it and all of the characters and world were developed really well. I loved the premise and the abilities used in it as well as the love story. I fell in love with these characters and I absolutely love Tahereh’s writing style. The story as a whole was written and developed really well, and I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a fast-paced book. I think it will definitely pull you out of a reading slump as well.

9
5/5 hearts

I hope you guys enjoyed this review, and I will be posting another one soon on The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen, so stay tuned for that.

I love you all to Luna and back,

Allie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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