Book Review: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi
Date Published: November 15th, 2011
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Main Characters: Juliette, Warner, and Adam
The book takes place in the Reestablishment. Juliette is at an asylum, which is where the book starts off. Juliette is a unique person, different than others... She's dangerous. People are afraid of the power she withholds within her.
She is locked away in the asylum because it is safer for people on the outside. If she touches people, she could hurt them. If someone touches Juliette they could either hurt rather badly- maybe even possibly die.
In the beginning of the book, it starts off with Juliette writing in her journal. It's the only sort of freedom she has being kept locked away from the rest of society. All she is left with are her own thoughts and words. She doesn't have anyone to talk to and they only way she can communicate is by writing her thoughts in her journal. She feels alone and trapped. She feels like no one cares about her or knows about her. She has feelings of regret and remorse about herself even though her own powers aren't her fault. She couldn't have possibly known her power was fatal. Her parents do not like her. They fear her, which is why she was taken away to be locked up. Her situation is really bad that not even the people that raised her care for her. Instead they fear her.
But is she truly forgotten?
Surprisingly, no. There is this other boy, Warner. He suddenly takes interest in her. She doesn't know why, but it is revealed that he wants her to be part of his team- to kill their enemies.
Warner is the one who runs things around there. He is the leader. His father is, too, but he is never around because he has other things to do, and Warner is supposed to follow his father's footsteps. Warner is an important character in this book because he is the one that shows interest in Juliette, and he wants to use her as a weapon for the upcoming war.
And then there's Adam, a boy who Juliette knew in the past. And one day, Adam is put inside the same cell Juliette is at. She knows him, but she doesn't think he remembers her. Or does he?
Juliette is forced to deal with the terror of being herself, the feeling of shame and guilt for being capable of hurting others. All she wants is normalcy, but there is no such thing as that for a girl like her. After all, she can hurt people by touching others.
This book is amazing. Tahereh Mafi's writing style is very unique. It's very different because she uses repetition a lot to get Juliette's point across. It gives the reader a better perspective of what is going on, and that is why this book made me, as a reader, more interested in the book. I also enjoyed the fact that the author wrote the book like it was Juliette's diary at times. We get a look into her world through Juliette's writing.