Shatter Me (Tahereh Mafi)

>>>>  Nº32 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A Trilogy #1  <<<<

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

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.

Even though everyone had already read this book but me, I still had no idea what the story was all about – yes, I did not read the blurb, on purpose, I trusted that it would be good!


I am in love with the writing! So damn in love with it. So I’ll warn you right now that there will be a lot of quotes in this very short review, that’s how gorgeous the writing is. This month has been a treasure in terms of unique books, first The Wrath and the Dawn, and now this?! WOW!


I’m so intrigued by Juliette! Truly, how sane would anyone be if you couldn’t touch anyone? I would go mental. Parents not wanting you… wow…I felt so sorry for her. Also, she’s just like Rogue from the X-Men, so I immediately loved her. Plus, her internal dialogue is amazingly beautiful.


I mean, it’s just so poetic… I can’t get enough… Last night when I was trying to choose which quotes to put up here, I couldn’t make up my mind, because the writing is so gorgeous! (not to be repetitive or anything…)


I just wanted to wrap Juliette is my arms and tell her that everything was going to be fine (too bad that would probably get me killed in the process…).


Fair warning, I doubt that I will spoil anyone, because I bet that you’ve all read the books, but either way, be warned, I might say something SPOILERY!


Now, before you kill me for what I’m about to say, keep in mind that so far I’ve ONLY READ SHATTER ME, I haven’t read the sequels yet. Are you keeping that in mind? Good! So, I really like Adam! He’s just so sweet and attentive to her, and their scenes together are hot and steamy (and not just the ones in the shower).


I really like him. I like Adam with Juliette and I like Adam with James, and I wanted to punch James and Kenji a couple of times during the book, because come on! They have the worst timing ever! Couldn’t they just let Juliette and Adam advance their relationship… poor Juliette (and Adam, after the second time I bet that he was just about to explode).


Also (again, don’t kill me), Warner is a bit of s psycho in this book. He has a very weird fixation on Juliette and that whole scene in the warehouse (or whatever), though undoubtedly kind of hot, was super disturbing. How can he be so obsessed with someone he just met? His happiness for being able to touch her and then proceeding to assume that she would want to be touched by him, was unnerving. I know that everyone loves Warner, and I’m pretty sure I will to, but so far, nop, the guy is shady and creepy, albeit hot and beautiful.


I really liked the setting, I want to see more of it. The plot itself was nothing special, this book mainly introduced the characters and set up the world, and I’m betting that the next ones will have a deeper plot, so I’m excited for that.

Also, I really liked Juliette’s character development, and there’s no denying that this girl learns things fast. She goes from a broken little bird to someone who can hold her own (-ish) pretty fast. I can’t wait to dive in to the next one.

I’m saying this again, because I feel like it will never be enough. Tahereh Mafi’s writing is gorgeous, and I have a feeling that as soon as her next book is out, I’ll be there to collect it.

Rating: 4.2 Stars


54 thoughts on “Shatter Me (Tahereh Mafi)

  1. Amy Couttas says:

    It’s okay your not the only person to have not read this series – I haven’t either!! Recently it’s popped up a couple of times in my WordPress newsfeed and now I want to get to it. I’ve heard people say that Warner is on their all time Book Boyfriend list so I’m super keen to see what’s so special about him. From your review he sounds a tad creepy though, maybe your right and that’s just in the first book. I haven’t read the blurb either (I just skipped over it then, and the quotes) I like going in as blind as possible. I’m planning on buying this series once Septembers over and my book buying bans done!!

  2. bookishthingsandtea says:

    Oh just wait till you read the rest of the series! I personally found the writing in the first two books to be a bit… much, but enjoyed them non the less! It’s all personal taste, I guess. Yeah, Warner is pretty creepy in the first book! I definitely recommend reading the novellas, especially the one on Warner because it shines some much needed light on his situation.

  3. Anette says:

    I haven’t read this book either, all I know is that the writing style is different and it’s about a girl with a fatal touch. I still don’t know if I’m going to read it, I’m not sure the poetic writing style would agree with me. Great review! Even though I could only skim over the last half just in case I got spoiled haha.

  4. ravenblake99 says:

    Great Review! I’m so glad that you’ve liked it! It’s one of my favorite trilogies. I agree Warner is a bit obsessive but I hope you come to like him too. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on other books too. 😀

  5. Josephine says:

    Great review! All of these quotes are ones I personally loved as well! But… I’ll have to disagree with you on one thing. I didn’t like Adam because he seemed very flat in my opinion. I couldn’t like him as much as you do. He seemed kinda suspicious to me, I don’t know why!
    And as for Warner, I totally agree, after reading this book I was like: “is everyone crazy? How can they love Warner?!”.
    But I urge you to read the first novella: “Destroy Me” before reading Unravel Me. That novella changed my entire opinion of Warner, and let me down the path of falling for him!
    Great review, I adored the quotes. 😍
    xoxo 💋

    • MyTinyObsessions says:

      I just bought the novellas a couple of days ago. You think I should read it BEFORE Unravel Me? I guess that means today 😉

      You found Adam flat? wow, I didn’t… he’s not well fleshed out on this book, but neither of them is, I think. I guess I just loved his moments with Juliette…

  6. Dani W says:

    I loved, loved, loved this series, and I also LOVED Adam and Juliette. I was appalled with myself when I started to slide towards Team Warner! I swore I wouldn’t, because he was just so ridiculous in Shatter Me, so awful. But I did. I know a lot of people hated Adam at the end, but I didn’t. I just simply stopped thinking he was right for Juliette… You’ll see!

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