Book Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi


Originally published: 15 November 2011

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Genre: Young adult fiction


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.

I didn’t like the book. I read so much about it on bookstagram and it disappointed me. Lesson learnt. No more blind trusting bookstagram.

I liked the whole ‘cutting the lines’ and using metaphors concept. I like unusual. But the metaphors were too many and sometimes even senseless.

The character Juliette is your typical YA girl. She was interesting for the first few chapters. Then they introduced the anti protagonist and all of sudden, the girl who was too scared to even tell her name, becomes brave and heroic and rebellious. The ‘character development’ was just too sudden and made me uncomfortable.

Adam, the male protagonist was again a typical character. He met the girl when they were kids, saw her acts of kindness and fell for her. He loves her so much that he is ready to do anything for her. Really! This is the lousiest love story ever. I like my romance to be more original and realistic. This was plain boring. I didn’t ship them at all. Heck I don’t give a shit about them.

Character I liked would be the anti protagonist, Warner. He is a bit crazy, inconsistent and has an unhealthy obsession with the girl. Finally someone interesting, not someone one dimensional and boring. Yah!

The story itself was nothing interesting. It was your typical book with typical characters and typical storyline. Some portions of the book were fast paced and interesting. Otherwise it was a pain in the neck. I finished it just because I spent money on the book.

Rating- 2/5


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