Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
Genre(s): fantasy, paranormal romance; young-adult; mystery; dystopian
Source: hardcover – bought

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

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. 

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting asThe Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.


My Review:

Something about this book drew me in way before it released and when i finally saw it gracing the shelves at the local bookstore, i couldn’t help but jump up and down in excitement. It is in these moments that my parents and friends decide that they do not know and claim the ‘guilt by association’ position.

And then my whole world changed. Shatter Me is never going to leave me and it has changed my world. It was that good. Mafi created this believable world that sucked me in from the first page and this near-to-perfect character that was bursting right out from within the pages. This book was everything i have never read and everything i want to read!

Juliette was someone you loved from the very beginning, no exaggeration. There was just something about her that drew you in immediately and held onto you like your life depended on it. The way Mafi wrote the book in her perspective and <s> cut out words </s> to show conflict and inner turmoil just made me love the book and her as a writer.
In Shatter Me Juliette, her whole life has been thought of as a monster and the first time when she comes across someone who talks to her and loves her, brought tears to my eyes. That emotion that Juliette portrayed of being unsure and maybe a little crazy (who wouldn’t be if they had been isolated from the world) was fantastic. Mafi really brought that out.

Don’t get me started on Adam. Wow! I need me some Adam. Move over Edward fans because Adam is whole lot better and he doesn’t need to sparkle in order to be loved. Mafi created the most extraordinary character to keep Juliette sane and for all her readers to fall in love with. I literally swooned when he was first introduced and even after when all fingers were pointed at him (for sometime) i couldn’t find myself to hate him.

I had finished this book last year only but when it came to writing the review, i didn’t know where to begin because i felt that no amount of words could do justice to what i felt while reading it.
I hope with my review, i have done justice to the book, even though i feel there is so much more i want to say but i can’t. Let’s just say i can’t wait for the next book! GRAB YOUR COPY NOW! THAT’S AN ORDER!


My Favourite Quote(s):

“I spent my life folded between the pages of books. 
In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”  – Juliette


“Raindrops are my only reminder that clouds have a heartbeat. That I have one, too.”  – Juliette


“You can’t touch me,” I whisper. I’m lying, is what I don’t tell him. He can touch me, is what I’ll never tell him. Please touch me, is what I want to tell him.” – Juliette


“Adam stares at me so long I begin to blush. He tips my chin up so I meet his eyes. Blue blue blue boring into me. His voice is deep, steady. “I don’t think I’ve ever heard you laugh.” 

He’s so excruciatingly correct I don’t know how to respond except with the truth. My smile is tucked into a straight line. “Laughter comes from living.” I shrug, try to sound indifferent. “I’ve never really been alive before.” 


“Killing time isn’t as difficult as it sounds. 
I can shoot a hundred numbers through the chest and watch them bleed decimal points in the palm of my hand. I can rip the numbers off a clock and watch the hour hands tick tick tick their final tock just before I fall asleep. I can suffocate seconds just by holding my breath. I’ve been murdering minutes for hours and no one seems to mind.”


“His lips soften into a smile that cracks apart my spine. He repeats my name like the word amuses him. Entertains him. Delights him. 

In seventeen years no one has said my name like that


“My face is in his hands and my lips are at his lips and he’s kissing me and I’m oxygen and he’s dying to breathe.” 


“Sometimes a book isn’t a heartbreaking work of staggering genius. 
Sometimes it’s the only story you knew how to tell.”