Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: Review

Goodreads Summary: 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.


“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.”

If you think you’re lonely, try going 264+ days without touching a single person. Then you might be able to kind of tell what Juliette Ferrars in Shatter Me is going through.

The book is a wonderfully written, dystopian, YA romance. It follows, Juliette, a girl who can kill anyone with her touch alone. The novel starts with her in an asylum, where she gets a new “cellmate” to share her misery with. Just when she’s getting to know him, she’s taken to a strange new place where the cruel Warner wants to use her and turn her into a torture device in his unfathomable and terrible plans of destruction. Juliette is forced to do terrible things, questioning her very self, and desperately trying to escape in a crumbling society.

The first thing I noticed going into this book was, like most people, the strange writing style. It is filled with strikethroughs, and written journal-like with lots of intentional grammatical errors, as well as over the top metaphors. These serve to show how unstable Juliette is, mentally, and start to decrease throughout the novel as she becomes more sure of herself.

They seem to bother many people; however, I did not mind them that much. At times they could get a bit much, especially with the metaphors sometimes I couldn’t even tell what exactly was even happening, and it took a moment for me to realize that this was fabricated, and not real. However, for the most part I think that the writing style worked well in the book.

The romance is heavy in this book. Juliette’s main love interest is Adam, a boy she’s loved from afar her entire life. The romance between them is adorable, and you can tell that they really care for each other. However, there definitely looks to be a love triangle forming…

This book also had its fair share of action scenes, especially in the latter half of the book. I feel like the book really picked up towards the end, and it was not lacking in chases and attacks that I absolutely loved.

The cast of supporting characters are dynamic and interesting. In this book, I could never really tell who exactly was “good” and “bad;” it was a lot more fuzzy and grey than that, and I was always a little worried that someone was going to be betrayed.

Juliette’s power is something that she really struggles through over the course of the book. It is easy to think that she’s a monster, since she has the potential to do so much harm, and it’s great to see how her mind and her thinking change

Hands down, the ending was the best part of the book. It was full of suspense, action, romance… I loved it!

4.5 out of 5 explosive stars.


You can also read my review on Goodreads here.

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