Title Info: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopian
What It Reminds Me Of: Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Summary: Juliette hasn’t touched a living thing in 264 days. The last time she did, she didn’t even do it on purpose. She didn’t mean to hurt anyone. The government still saw it as a threat and threw Juliette in an empty jail cell for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is lethal, but as long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else nobody really cares. But the world is dying without a good thing in sight. Then one day Juliette gets a roommate, Adam. Juliette knows Adam from before, but does Adam remember Juliette? She finds herself falling for him once again. But suddenly the government sees Juliette as a weapon rather than a threat. Now Juliette must choose whether to become their weapon, or fight back.
I really enjoyed this book. It had strong characters and an interesting style of writing. If you’re not a big dystopian fan, I wouldn’t recommend this book to you, but if you are, I highly recommend this book.
My favourite aspect of the book was definitely the writing style; it was what set it apart from other dystopian books. To me it represented Juliette’s journal; the author would have the sentences or words crossed out. Something I disliked, however, was that the book was not complicated enough; it was a bit too simple.
A crucial part of a book is the characters. They need to be lovable, relatable and some characters need to be hated too and this book had them all. Even though we may not all have the power to kill people with our touch, many of us can understand how Juliette’s feeling- that feeling when you do something bad, yet you did not do it on purpose. I also felt like the characters were really well balanced. There was the disliked character, the lover, and the strong main character.
The plot was definitely interesting, but predictable. Although I felt like this book was more of a build-up to the next book then it was an individual book. I also felt like the author didn’t tie up enough of the loose ends. The originality of the plot wasn’t the best, but was a bit different from other books.
Overall I did really enjoy this book, but I felt like it had a lot of potential it didn’t achieve. I would recommend this book, but I would recommend getting it from the library or borrowing it instead of buying it. Know that it depends of what kind of books you like and dislike.
*There will never be any major spoilers in my review