Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Published : 2012
Version Read : Paperback
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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.
It’s not very often that I so badly disagree with the general public about a book. I picked up this book not really knowing much about it, expect that everyone loved it. Within the first 20 pages I already knew that I wasn’t going to like this book, and in fact I stopped reading it with only 50 pages left, because I couldn’t do it anymore.
The writing style felt choppy and kept bringing me out of the story. I thought the idea was really interesting but the way it was realized was not something I found easily read. The strike outs were annoying at best but the constant repeating words or phrases was the books downfall for me.
The characters felt flat and uninspired to me. The main character felt very Mary Sue to me in all the very bad ways they are written in fan fiction. She was the love interest to everyone, she was weak when she should have been strong and she depended on other people too much. Maybe that changed in the last 50 pages of the book, but it shouldn’t have taken that long to get her there.
I’m not a fan of this book or the writing style of the author. I have nothing against her or anyone who loves it. Just not my cup of tea.