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Shatter me by Tahereh Mafi

book: Shatter me
written by: Tahereh Mafi
series? Shatter me #1
genres: paranormal romance, young adult, dystopian
pages: 338
own / library / borrowed
publication date: November 1st, 2011
publisher: HarperCollins

first thoughts:
I have been waiting so long to read this book. Finally, I started reading it. And I didn't stop. I read the whole thing in one sit, while I had no time at all. Not the best decision I have ever made, but it was definitely worth it :D

the book:
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.

My review:
Wow. This book lived up to my expectations! This was not another whiny-girl love story. This was actually very good!
The story that was told in this book was about Juliette, who can kill someone by touching him/her. How cool and horrible is that? Never being able to touch anyone should be terrible. Not being able to shake hands, or help someone when they need it. But, you can't be touched by anyone either. So when a tiny, little accident happens, and a little bit of your bare skin and someone elses bare skin are involved, you might just end up killing someone...
Juliette, the main character, is unique. Not only because of her 'gift', but also because of the way she acts and reacts to things. Juliette might always do something unpredictable, just to keep the story interesting. She will not obey orders from someone she dislikes. Actuall, she just won't obey orders, because she has her own will, one of the few things that still is hers.
The world this book was set in reminded me a little bit of the Hunger Games. Mainly that was because of the Reestablishment, they were like the Capitol. Also, the world is destroyed. Then there was Juliette, who was in the same position as Katniss was in in Mockingjay. Fight for them, or fight agains them. I didn't mind the tiny things they had in common. Actually, I liked those things, and I loved the Hunger Games.
The writing style of the author was great, easy to get through and a normal pace. This made the book even more enjoyable!
And oh my god the romance in this book was so awesometastic. Usually I am not the girl who loves the romance books. Of course, I like romances, but it shouldn't be a book only about romance. Tahereh Mafi combined romance and action in this novel, and she totally nailed it. I didn't lose my concentration once while reading this book. I didn't even look on facebook or twitter, which is a total miracle!
Only one thing, don't start reading this book on the evening before you've got to take 3 exams! I hope I didn't fail any :S I just couldn't put this book down, and well, then my study schedual was messed up :$ But whatever, it was totally worth it!

A book I'd recommend to every girl that loved the Hunger Games, or any other dystiopian series that contains romance. Full of romance and action, Shatter me really is a read you should be checking out!

I honestly can't wait for Unravel me, the sequel to shatter me. Too bad it'll take so long until it releases...

rating: 5 stars

xo Mar


emaginette said...

Well, I tweeted this. Everyone should know when there is a good read out there. Thanks for the heads-up.

Mar said...

Thanks a lot for tweeting and commenting on this post!

roro said...

lol hope i didn;t fail lol
all the best and wishes w/ that

i loved Juliette and i agree no whiny annoying brat

ooh yes the romance was so romantic/dude 'talking''here/ a lot of romances make me wanna puke
i loved her writing style, she truly has a way with words

ok this medium comment has come to an end

Mar said...

thanks for the comment :) It made me smile
Still waiting for the results... But I think *hope* I did well :D