No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: November 15, 2011
Page Count: 340
Source: My copy.
I have so many mixed feelings about Shatter Me, but one cannot deny Tahereh Mafi’s gift as a writer. From the very first line she cuts this poor girl open and forces her emotions to bleed all over the page. I’ve never read anything like this book. I was immediately enticed by Juliette. She’s this vulnerable, broken child that just wants a place to fit in. The depths of her very soul are portrayed so beautifully in this novel, I felt her pain, her fear at the very core of my heart. I couldn’t get her out of my head.
The use of
strikeouts in this novel really made me think. I may have thought I knew what she was trying to say at first glance but I didn’t always. There were times that I would be staring at one line of text for what seemed like hours drinking in her soul.
Adam was amazing. He was this strong guy who could really take care of Juliette, but he was confident in her ability to take care of herself as well. Any growth that Juliette experienced in this novel was mostly due to Adam’s faith in her, I think. Their story is beautiful. They’ve both been in love with one another all their lives, but their story isn’t forced. It isn’t rushed. They fall into one another’s arms so effortlessly I never question them as an item.
The character development isn’t perfect, though. There were times when Juliette strayed from her own personality to meet this other Juliette who I felt like I didn’t know at all. I don’t know if this was to show her development as a character, but in any case, I didn’t buy it. By the end, it was way too drastic.
There were a lot of unresolved situations in this novel. Juliette, Adam, Warner – they all continue to be a mystery to me. I get that the author was setting us up for the series, but, by the end, I felt like I was running on dead air. When it came to these characters, I felt like I had barely anything to go on.
The plot was otherwise strong; through her powerful writing style Mafi really sets the stage for the story and the dark world these people live in. I was a little bored through the middle, but the last 100 heart-stopping pages were worth the wait. While there are still secrets to be revealed about the characters, the goings-on really wrapped up nicely. The ending wasn’t much of a cliffhanger, but it’s definitely open. Needless to say, I’m really looking forward to continuing the series.