“My touch is lethal. My touch is power.”
The distributors of this book sure knew how to get the readers intrigued, thanks to this text on the cover.
Tahereh Mafi’s dystopian thriller follows the story of Juliette, a girl whose touch is lethal enough to kill. She has been locked up in a cell for 264 days. Starved, abandoned, alone and frustrated, all she wishes for is to escape. Everything changes when she gets a mysterious cellmate, and few days later, she is taken away by The Reestablishment to apparently use her powers for war. Juliette neither likes the new ambience nor the tyrannical leader; and neither is she interested in being used for mass murder. But as days go by, her views start to change, and she has to make the most important decision of her life: to run away from her powers or embrace them.
The very first thing that strikes you about Shatter Me is the writing; the unique, unbelievably poetic and poignant writing. Using uncanny metaphors, similes and the stream of consciousness technique, the writer weaves words in such a magical way that makes you want to keep turning the pages. The next good thing about the book is the protagonist. Juliette is loyal, brave, fierce and absolutely kickass. Tahereh Mafi even manages to build a beautiful love story amidst the bleak dystopian background. The only tiny drawback was that we didn’t get to know a lot about the setting, i.e. The Reestablishment, but hopefully all our questions will be answered through the rest of the trilogy. I’m going with 4.5 out of 5 stars.