Friday, 2 December 2011
Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Shatter Me #1
Publication date: 15th Nov 2011
My rating: 4 out of 5
Shatter Me is the thoroughly readable debut novel from Tahereh Mafi, despite the really bleak dystopian setting Mafi's writing really blew me away. I had literally read about two thirds of it before I even realised it.
Juliette has been imprisoned in a mental institution for 264 days without any human contact whatsoever. Shunned all her life, even by her own parents, Juliette has never even had a real friend until Adam is thrown into her prison cell. Juliette is no ordinary kinda gal to the Reestablishment Juliette is a weapon of mass destruction as she has the power to kill a person by touch alone. Into the mix comes the truly evil (and a little bit bonkers mad) Warren, who dare I say it, I kind of liked?? Warren is the Reestablishment's chosen son and being a little bit on the power crazy side he wants to own and use Juliette as part of his distardly and evil master plan.
Shatter Me is a pretty addictive read, with a deliciously good love triangle and a main character Juliette who despite having this scary power is actually a good person and doesn't want to use her powers to kill anyone and is crippled by guilt.
About two thirds of the way through Shatter Me takes a dramatic turn and if I'm honest I kind of lost interest a bit, which is a real shame as I had raced through it up to that point. The X-men style people with various superhuman powers seemed a bit meh but I guess it sets itself nicely up for the next installment. That's why Shatter Me has a 4 rating from me- it really could have been a 5.