Shatter Me

Shatter Me
By Tahereh Mafi
Published by Harper Teen
Published on November 12, 2011

Summary taken from 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 as The 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.

I have really mixed feelings about this book.  I really want to love it- it really was a great story.  It was fast paced the entire way through and was a very short novel.  I loved that the book didn't feel like a dystopian.  It didn't copy cat from The Hunger Games, Divergent, Matched, Blood Red Road or any of the dystopian books out there. 

I also liked that the book started very mysteriously.  I honestly had no idea what was going on until a few chapters into the book.  Juliette is a strong and smart character- she isn't a pansy!  She is a girl who has grown up without being shown any love or affection. Suddenly, she has a person in her life who truly cares about her- that is an incredible thing and she has no idea what to do with it.

The only problem that I had with this book (and there may be spoilers here, so if you don't want spoilers- please don't read on)..... a girl can take the life and powers out of a person by simply touching them- a touch too long and they can be killed.  She has no love, her family is terrified of her.... she is eventually brought to a place where everyone has superpowers and she is given a spandex cat suit and gloves to be part of the "team"..... sound familiar?  Sound like Rogue from X-men?  I am sure that the author didn't mean to have a book so similiar to Rogue's character- and even if she did, why not?  She is awesome.  But it did bother me a little- that it was SO similar.  I don't think she copied or anything like that; I was simply caught off guard and unsure what to do with that thought.

If you are a fan of superhero books that are light on the dystopian- you will enjoy Shatter Me.

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