• Page Count: 338
  • Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • My Rating: 2 stars

Book Description:

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) 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.

My Thoughts:


Wtf did I just read. This book is not for me.

I called it a DNF last year but decided to try again after hearing only rave reviews from people with similar taste.

I kept getting this mixed up with Graceling, but they are actually not even remotely the same. This book is set in a dystopian world and the main character can kill people with her touch. I mostly read this to see the Warner guy everyone keeps talking about… and I do get some of his appeal now, but he also kind of creeped me out? Maybe I was zoned out in a few parts where he redeemed himself.

I feel like I should love it. I really want to love this book, but

I just
get past
the writing style.

The writing does do an excellent job of putting the reader inside Juliette’s unstable mind, but apparently that was not a place I wanted to be. Dystopian books are really hit-or-miss with me and I’m just not feeling this world.

The covers for this series are absolutely gorgeous and I STILL REALLY WANT TO LIKE THEM. I have not given up yet. I’m planning on coming back to this book later because I’ve seen nothing but praise. So this is just me checking back in to say that I still haven’t made it past the first book…


4 comments on “Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi”

  1. I totally agree. The writing style really bothered me, but I also just hated the characters and I felt there wasn’t enough world building. This whole series didn’t have much of a dystopian feel in my opinion. I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who disliked this book.

    • Yes, exactly! And I could barely get into it to even pinpoint what I didn’t like because “this entire book” pretty much covered it… I see why some people would like it, but I guess it’s just not for me.

  2. I was the same way when I first read it but I think the series gets better as it goes on and as of right now i love the series but the first book isnt the best and doesnt really set up the amazing-ness the others contain it took me forever to read this one but the other two I flew through. Good luck with the rest of the series though 🙂

    • That’s what I’ve heard!! Good to know. So I’m still determined to get to these sequels someday 🙂

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