Book Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I accidentally bought and read the second and last book in the series and had just read the first book, so I’ll pretend to not know how it ends.


Title: Shatter Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: 978-0-06-208550-4

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Science Fiction


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


No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time–and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.



This was an amazing read. It started out beautifully and the first chapters of the book opens up many intriguing questions. The story is fast paced with interesting characters and an ample amount of romance.

The book is set in a world I cannot dare imagine.  A world filled with barren wastelands, without animals, trees, where birds no longer fly, and food is hard to find. And if that is not unbearable enough, you’re being controlled by The Reestablishment, who mask their thirst for power with promises of well-being and solutions to ‘fix’ things, but to no avail.

The story revolves around Juliette, a 17-year-old girl with a lethal touch. Juliette is pretty much a train wreck in the beginning of the book. She cries a lot and is very annoying at times. She had very little contact to the outside world that the presence of another human terrifies her. But on the middle part of the book, she starts to understand herself better and learns to fight back. She becomes slightly badass by the time the book ends.

Adam is … okay. He’s like a hero character in a children’s bed time story. He’s strong, would do anything for Juliette and you could easily picture him as a knight in shinning armor.  He’s supposed to be Juliette’s love interest, but I’m not really feeling any romance between the two. Insta-love is what he and Juliette has. Give it a couple chapters and the ‘relationship’ they have will fall apart.

Another interesting character from the book is Warner. Warner is our main villain in this story. He is mysterious, unpredictable, undeniably obsessed with Juliette, and would kill a man without hesitation. His obsession for Juliette is obviously not only for the benefit of Th Reestablishment, there could even possibly a deeper reason for this.

Some people may not like the way it was written,  because of too much metaphors, similes, and strikethroughs but I on the other hand, like Mafi’s writing style. It’s beautiful and it’s probably what a 17-year-old’s mind would be like, with all the crazy things happening in her life.

The only problem I have with this book is how it reminds me so much of X-Men. Juliette’s ‘superpower’ itself could easily be compared to that white haired girl in X-Men, whose name I forgot.

All in all, the book was amazing! A total page turner. I will definitely read–or rather reread the rest  of the series! Five potatoes for this feels shattering book! (Pun intended)

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