I have a curse
I have a gift
I am a monster
I’m more than human
My touch is lethal
My touch is power
I am their weapon
I will fight back
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.
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Published: November 15th 2011
Shatter Me #1
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Suicidal Thoughts/Depression, Murder, Parental Abuse
This was… pleasantly surprising. It took me years to actually get to this series with all the iffy reviews holding me off. But, I have learned my lesson: form your own opinion (which isn’t… a new lesson… I don’t know where I was going with this…)
Juliette has been locked away from the world for 264 days for a terrible gift of killing with just her touch. Now, what really pushed me away from reading this was the notion that Juliette was a whiny little baby… but I get it. She’s been isolated from the world for damn near a year, killed an innocent person (which I find even more taxing on her metal state because of what the person was) and was emotionally abused by her parents. She gets a pass. And though I liked her, she did some dumb stuff. You’re in an environment where you’re at a disadvantage… and you decide not to eat, get your strength up, strategize a way out of there?
I can’t say much about the worldbuilding, since we are only in two locations, but it is a dystopian and the Reestablishment are the bad guys. To be honest, they weren’t scary… maybe it was the lyrical writing which I loved because purple prose is my jam. We meet Adam, Mister Love Interest and… I wasn’t feeling him. Chapter Shower Scene (forgot what chapter it was… can someone tell me?) did nothing for me because I wasn’t feeling him and was it just me or does making out fully clothed in a running shower sound uncomfortable? Warner was… also basic? He wasn’t intimidating to read about, but I like that he wasn’t romanticized in this one (as for the other books… I don’t know yet).
I did appreciate the end, the character development was pretty good. We have Juliette fighting back some and finding herself and such. Was this book life changing? No. Was it original? No. Would I reread it? Not anytime soon (but yes, I would). But I enjoyed the hell out of this read. Coolbeans 😉 .