Review: Shatter Me

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #1
Release Date: November 15, 2011
Genres: YA dystopia
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟

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 finally succumbed to the pressure. I will admit I was super curious about this series when the new trilogy was announced and I saw everyone freak out. But this series was never in my immediate sight, but with the buzz of book 5 being released I really wanted to see if this lived up to the hype.

I gave this three stars. Writing three star reviews will be the death of me, I swear. Three stars for me stands as a pretty neutral story. There were good parts, bad parts, and while I wasn’t disappointed, I didn’t fall in love either. I can summarize this book as having potential. There’s potential here for this to be a pretty great series, and I’m hoping that the second book will improve on a few of the issues I had here. I’m also hoping the new trilogy just knocks everything out of the park. Those are my hopes and expectations, and because of that I will be reading the next book. (The audiobook is already waiting for me on my phone!)

I really liked Mafi’s writing here. I thought this book was uniquely written and captivating. I really liked how she repeated certain phrases over and over again, it even sound really cool on the audiobook. I will say the narrator took some getting used to. Nothing too awful that it affected my view of the book, but it definitely took a few chapters for her narration to sink in.

Since this book has been out for quite a while, I do know some of the major plot points… like who she ends up with (though I suppose that can change with the new trilogy) I wasn’t a huge fan of Juliette right off the bat, I sympathized with her, but I wanted a little bit more from her. We get a little bit of growth from her at the end, so I do hope that continues throughout the series. As for the romances, I do think the story focused a little bit too much on it. However as of now I do like both the guys and I’d love to know more about them outside of Juliette.

Like I said, it’s impossible not to know a little about this book and characters from how popular the series is and from how long ago it was released. I do think most of the things I was iffy about do get addressed / improved on as the series goes on. I am going to jump right into book 2 now. I’m excited to see how it goes.

three stars

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