Sunday, January 15, 2012

Shatter Me

Shatter Me
Tahereh Mafi
338 pages
Publisher: Harper
Source: library

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

You can add Shatter Me to the list of books that didn't quite live up the hype.  You can also add Shatter Me to the list of books I loved for inexplicable reasons.

Juliette shouldn't touch people.  When she does touch them, they experience massive pain and die.  Shunned by just about everyone she knows, she's been locked away for a long time until one day an attractive young man joins her in her cell - and then helps her leave.  Soon Adam and Juliette are fighting The Reestablishment in their own way.

I thought Shatter Me was unique in its premise, though it wasn't exactly what I thought it would be.  For some reason I thought the people Juliette touched would explode.  There were no human explosions in the novel.  I also liked the unique narrative style, with some of Juliette's thoughts crossed out like she didn't really want to think them.  Aside from that, I can't think of any reason I would have loved this novel.  There wasn't anything hugely special about it but I still enjoyed it.

Four stars!  I would have given it five but I kept getting distracted near the end of the novel because it wasn't holding my interest anymore.  That might be in part due to my head cold.  Shatter Me is definitely a must read for you dystopian lovers out there.

PS: I need people to stop comparing this book to The Hunger Games - they weren't that similar.

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